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clara 1The Press Office provides support in organizing, executing and publicizing the Museum’s various activities and projects, including exhibits, conferences, media appearances, lectures, excursions and more. It connects with media outlets, circulating materials about the Museum across numerous print and broadcast media platforms.

The Press Office also implements the Museum’s Communications initiatives and PR campaigns to attract visitors. It regularly promotes the Museum’s collections and activities via media outlets and maintains the Museum’s Facebook page, Instagram and other social media accounts. The Press Office collaborates with many educational and tourism organizations, analyzes the Museum’s statistics and coordinates different services at the Museum, including visits, tours, art lectures. The Press Office establishes contacts with local and foreign cultural and international organizations, diplomatic missions, and local and foreign businesses to implement joint projects and exchanges and to study the modern foreign experience in the arts.

In 2015-2018 Press Office collaborated with the Embassy of France, the U.S. General Consulate, the General Consulate of Germany, the Embassy of Germany in Astana, the General Consulate of Hungary, the Embassy of Hungary in Astana, the General Consulate of Russia, the General Consulate of China, the Embassy of Switzerland, the Embassy of Italy, British Council, Goethe Institute, the Egypt Cultural Center, the Smithsonian Institute (Washington, USA), the Russian Academy of Fine Arts (Tsereteli Exhibition), the International Conference – Lord Poltimore (Great Britain, Sotheby’s top manager) and others.

In 2019, the Press Office played an active role in the organization and press coverage of many international events, such as the October 4 Scholarly Symposium on Kazakhstan Crafts in Washington D.C., USA. At the Symposium A. Kasteyev Museum’s of Art presentations on Kazakh decorative & applied art included: Carpet Weaving as a Global Cultural Phenomenon: Revisiting Ethnic Peculiarities and Intercultural Commonalities in Crafts (by Professor Gulmira Shalabayeva), The Images of the Nomadic Civilization in Kazakhstan’s Painting (by PhD in Art Ekaterina Reznikova), Ancient Symbols in Modern Kazakh Crafts and Designs (by Head of Public & Foreign Relations Clara Isabaeva), The Continuity of Nomadic Cultural Traditions in the Folk and Modern Jewelry of Kazakhstan (By Head of Kazakh Crafts Department Gulaim Zhumabekova) and The Treasures of the Great Steppe: Kazakhstan’s Tutankhamun (by the Head of Education Department Oksana Tanskaya). Smithsonian scholars Paul Taylor, Jasper Waugh-Quasebarth, Robert Pontsioen, Supamas Snitwongse, Inigo Acosta, and Jared Koller served as discussants and presenters of comparative craft research examples.

The Press Office was also instrumental in the organization of the China Study Tour in Shanghai and Nanjing in November. The study tour became for the specialists of the A. Kasteyev State Museum of Arts a very useful step in a deeper understanding of the culture of China, as well as gain knowledge about current museum techniques being used in the region, both in restoration and exhibition. It allowed them to see unique works of both ancient and modern art of China, learn some rare nuances of the technology of their creation, get acquainted with the work of the largest museums in China, and make connections that will bear fruit in the future joint projects and exhibitions.

Head of Office – Clara Isabaeva. 


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Tazagul Musayeva

Inspector of Personnel Department

Madina Orynbasarova

Office Manager

Laura Kabylbekova

Legal Adviser

 Sovietkhan Yntymakov



The house of the famous artist Abilkhan Kasteyev was gifted to the government by his family in March, 2004 to turn into a museum dedicated to the artist. That year was thought of as the year of Kasteyev and celebrations in honor of the 100th anniversary of his birth were held under the auspices of UNESCO. The house museum opened February 17, 2014.

The building is a single story, mid-century house, now a monument to history and culture, constructed on the orders of the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Kazakh SSR D.A. Kunaev in 1955 specifically for Kasteyev’s large family. In 1958, the artist and his family moved into that house, however in 1966 it was partially demolished and in its place a new home was built. A workshop was later added in 1968 where the artist created various works. Construction of the home was conducted by the main architect of the city of Almaty N. Orazimbetov. The house is located in the eastern part of Almaty on the Small Almatinka river on Bekhozhin street (formerly City Street). The house is preserved in its original form: a living room, 3 bedrooms, the art studio, kitchen, bathroom, veranda, and a garden attached to the house. The total area of the museum is 0.7 hectares, the total area of the house is 142.5 m2, of which the exhibition and exhibition area is 100 m2, the office area is 40 m2.

A. Kasteyev lived and worked in the house from 1958 till the end of his life - November 2, 1973. In the workshop, the artist created such canvases as “Sarbazy Amangeldy”, “Turksib”, “Kapchagai Hydroelectric Power Station”, “Kenen Azerbaev”, and numerous watercolor works. In the house artists, writers, poets, musicians, academics, students, countrymen, and many relatives gathered. They discussed art, urgent issues, and other pressing matters. The brightest members of the Kazakhstan intelligentsia were invited to this house: the composer Nurgisa Tlendiev, dancer Shara Zhiekulova, Uzbekistan artist Oral Tansikbaev, Kyrgyzstan artist Gappar Aytiev, cinematographer and director Iskender Tynyshpayev (son of the Kazakh public figure, member of Alashorda Mukhamedzhan Tynyshpayev), and many more. The famous Kasteev tea parties behind the samovar in the gazebo were not just for relaxing, they talked about art here, debated, discussed the latest achievements of culture, dreamed about the future of the country. This house received various foreign delegations: an American delegation led by Rockwell Kent, as well as delegation of artists from Armenia, Mongolia, and Hungary. The artists of the older generation were regulars of these creative tea parties: Khakimzhan Nauryzbaev, Moldahmet Kenbaev, Uke Azhiev, Sakhi Romanov, Aubakir Ismailov, Zhanatay Shardenov and many others.

In the House Museum exhibit, things from Kasteyev’s life are exhibited. Each exhibit is an object of the creative process or household goods: furniture, easel, household items, sketchbooks, drawers, handmade graphics made by A. Kasteev, photo materials, archival documents.

The A. Kasteev Heritage Research Center collects and studies the artistic heritage of Abylkhan Kasteev, enlightens and educates. A. Kasteyev’s House-Museum hosts various thematic events dedicated to the artist’s life and creative work. In addition to the permanent exhibition, exhibitions of children and youth art are exhibited, tours, and creative meetings with artists and other creative intelligentsia are held there.

Visiting Hours:
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Phone Inquiries - 291-89-08
Zhbanova Gulnur
House Museum A. Kasteyeva is at the address: Almaty, Bekhozhin Street, House 6-A



Central Exhibition hall of the A. Kasteyev Museum of Arts of the Republic of Kazakhstan


Custodian Tatyana Kozhukhova
Custodian Temirali Nagimedenov 

The Central Exhibition Hall of the Kasteyev State Museum of Arts of the Republic of Kazakhstan is located in the heart of the administrative, cultural and business center of Almaty. Various art exhibitions, projects and actions are organized here annually at which the artists from Kazakhstan and other CIS counties represent their art. The Central Exhibition Hall works in accordance with the Museum’s exhibition conception.

The major goals of the Exhibition Hall are to promote the development and popularization of the fine arts of Kazakhstan, form the artistic taste, and widen interests and creative thinking among the population, especially the younger generation.

Аddress: 137 Zheltoksan Street, cross street: Zhambyl Street, Almaty

Tel: +7 (727) 267-40-22

+7(727) 267-40-17

Opening hours: 10:00am -18:00pm, every day except Monday

Chief Accountant

Kulsipa Yeskendirova

Senior Accountant

Zoya Gribenschikova


Tatiana Sokolova


Aigul Bestibayeva


Ainur Tilesheva