Almagul Menlibeyeva’s educational background is in the Soviet Russian avant-garde school of Futurism, which she combines with a nomadic aesthetic of post-Soviet, contemporary Kazakhstan. She uses the medium of video and photography, and like to work with the notion of memory and reality. Her archaic atavism is interested in her video explorations in the Steppes and in post-Soviet Asia.

Almagul Menlibayeva’s recent notable exhibitions include The Union of Fire and Water at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015), Videozone at Ludwig Forum, Aachen (2014), 18thSydney Biennale (2012), 1st Kiev Biennale (2012), 4th Moscow Biennale (2011), 10thSharjah Biennale (2011), Unconditional Love at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009), Time of the Storytellers at Kiasma Museum in Helsinki (2007), Central Asia Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007), Central Asia Pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennale (2005).

Almagul Menlibayeva
Almagul Menlibayeva
Almaty, 1969

Current Exhibitions

Racing the Galaxy

Palace of Independence

03 Jul — 30 Aug
Gathering works by 20 artists from 15 countries, “Racing the Galaxy” deals with the gradual dissolution of dichotomies between East and West, in the era of global communication and the confrontation and melting of cultures, referencing...

Past Exhibitions

Almagul Menlibayeva: Genius Loci Central Asia

Andakulova Gallery
06/03/2019 — 20/06/2019

Active Forms

Sharjah Art Foundation
16/03/2018 — 16/06/2018

German Cool

Salsali Private Museum
11/11/2015 — 31/03/2016

Almagul Menlibeyeva: My silk road to you

Art Lexïng
18/11/2015 — 20/01/2016

Solo Shows


Transoxiana Dreams, Videozone, Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany


Empire of the Memory, Ethnographic Museum, Warsaw, Poland
An Odd tor the Wastelands and Gulags, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Austria


​Daughters of Turan, Casal Solleric, La Palma De Mallorca, Spain


Exodus, Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, Germany
Les rêves perdus d’Aral, Galerie Albert Benamou, Paris
Transoxiana Dreams, Priska C. Juschka Fine Art, New York
My Silk Road to you, Tengri-Umai Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan


Lonely at the Top, Europe at large #6 (Refrains from the Wasteland), Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst (M HKA), Antwerp, Belgium

Group Shows


How to gather? Acting in a Center in a City in the Heart of the Island of Eurasia, 6th Moscow Biennial, Moscow, Russia
Union of the Fire and Water, 56th Venice Biennale, Italy
Fairy Tales, Utopian Days,​ Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei, Taiwan
LINE, Art Rooms, Cyprus, Turkey

Life as a Legend , a group show of Contemporary Art Kazakhstan, Museum of Contemporary Art Strasbourg, France
Prologue Exhibition of Honolulu Biennial, Hawaii
Color of Pomergranates, 90th year anniversary of the birth of S.Paradjanov, Moscow, Russia
Threads, Museum of Contemporay Art Arnhem, Netherlands
​Changing Worlds: Contemporary Art from Central Asia, Singapore Art Stage 2014, Singapore


​Lost to the Future: Contemporary Art from Central Asia, Lassale College of Arts, Singapore
Film Program Media Art Lab, 5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Manege, Russia
A Sense of Place, Wellin Museum, Hamilton, New York
Screening of “Transoxiana Dreams” at MoMA PS1 as part of EXPO 1: New York
KINO DER KUNST, International film festival, Munich, Germany
Female Power. Matriarchy, Spirituality & Utopia, Museum of Modern Kunst, Arnhem, Holland
​The Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary, Canada


The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT7) Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) & Queensland Art Gallery (QAG)
One Sixth of the Earth, Ecologies of Image, ZKM- Zentrum fuer Kunst und Medien Technologie, Karlsruhe, Germany
ContemporaryArt from Kazakhstan, Center of Contemporary Art in Vinzavod, Moscow, Russia
III International Biennale of Contemporary Art “Moya Yurga”, Khanty Mansiysk Biennale, Russia
​Contemporary Video Art, Videonale-Donetsk, Donetsk, Ukraine
Nomadic Art Camp, Center of ContemporaryArt Bishkek, Bishkek State Museum, Kyrgyzstan
18th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney
Lightness & Gravity: Contemporary Works from the Collection, Queensland Art Gallery Foundation Grant Collection: Queensland ArtGallery, Brisbane, Australia
Off the Beaten Path: Women, Art and Violence, Redline, Denver
The Best of Times, The Worst of Times. Rebirth and Apocalypse in Contemporary Art, Arsenal 2012, Kiev Biennial, Ukraine
The Bride’s Face, PERMM Museum of Contemporary Art, Perm, Russia
Double Vision, Motorenhalle, Center for Contemporary Art Dresden, Germany
Colors of the Oasis, Seattle Asian Art Museum (SAAM) Seattle
​Ultra Memory, Palace of the Independency, Astana, Kazakhstan
Aftermath, Akbank Art Center, Istanbul
Ecologies of Image, MUSAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain
Paganism, Kalmar Konstmuseum, Kalmar, Sweden
East is West: Three Women Artist, LASALLE College of Arts – ICA Singapore, Singapore


The 6thTashkent Biennial, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Off the Beaten Path: Women, Art and Violence, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts; Newcomb Gallery, Tulane University; and Prospect.2 Biennial, New Orleans
4th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
​Between Heaven and Earth: Contemporary Art from the Centre of Asia, Calvert22, London
Expanded Cinema, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow
Off the Beaten Path: Women, Art and Violence, the Global Health Odyssey Museum, Atlanta
Video Re: View Festival as part of Videonale 13, BWA Contemporary Art Gallery, Katowice, Poland
​COLLECTION XXVII: East from 4° 24’, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst (MHKA), Antwerp, Belgium
Videonale 13, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany
Plot for a Biennial, Sharjah Biennial 10, Sharjah, UAE
Off the Beaten Path: Women, Art and Violence, the Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago


21st Century: Art in the First Decade, Queensland Art Gallery,Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
Mother, Kulturzentrum bei den Minoriten, Graz, Austria
Tarjama/Translation, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca
Off the Beaten Path: Women, Art and Violence, El Cubo-Tijuana Cultural Center, Tijuana, Mexico; the Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City, Mexico

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Almaty Country of birth: Kazakhstan Date of birth: 1969 Lives in: Berlin and Almaty