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The Foreign Art Department consists of various divisions: “Russian Art from the 17th to the Early 20th Century”, “Western European Art of the 16-19th Centuries”, “Eastern Art”, “Art of the 20-21st Centuries”, “Soviet Art”, and further works from the near and far abroad. The main work of the department is the study, systematization, and propagation of foreign art.

The department’s collection is differentiated by its high artistic quality, historical sequence, variety of national schools of art, and a broad spectrum of styles. The department carries out research work such as compiling catalogs of the collection, attribution of work, participation in scientific, practical and theoretical conferences, publication in collections of scientific papers, and participation in speeches at conferences at various levels.

A very important part of the department’s work is related to exhibitions: preparation of thematic and exhibition plans for permanent and temporary exhibitions, preparation of promotional materials for the exhibitions of the department. Contact with visitors are very important, facilitated by excursions and lectures. Researchers at the center give lectures on world art and conduct tours of all the halls of the museum.

The department actively works with various foreign and national museums such as The A.C. Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, The Saint Petersburg State Roerich Family Museum and Institute, The Russian Museum. The State Memorial Historical-Artistic and Natural Museum-Reserve of V.D. Polenova (Russia), The Foundation for Cultural Inventory (The Netherlands), The Consulate General of China and the Cultural Center of Japan in Almaty, The Museum of Ceramics and Porcelain (Jingdezhen, PRC), and many more.

Head of the Center Galina Syrlybayeva

Kopeliovich Maria


Cherkasova Maria


Vologodskaya Violette