Friends of Oriental Rugs (FOR), an affiliate group within the Textile Museum of Canada’s membership program, participated in a short tour of our space followed by a show-and-tell of the members’ rugs and textiles. In an informal arrangement – sitting in a circle FOR members and the DBAF staff enjoyed an informal conversation and remarks regarding the objects.

My Life Belongs to Art and Art Belongs to the People—in 2014, the first North American exhibition of Bayramov’s paintings was hosted in the home where Bayramov lived during his 2012 stay in Canada, which would later become the Bayramov Museum.

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On display in the Bayramov Museum’s permanent exhibition space is a rotating selection of Durdy Bayramov’s work, divided into five thematic galleries.

Through the Eyes of Durdy Bayramov: Turkmen Village Life, 1960s-80s features black-and-white photographs taken by the artist Durdy Bayramov in the rural villages of his native Turkmenistan.

Durdy Bayramov was a passionate advocate of art education for all who seek to devote their lives to art, particularly underprivileged children and youth. To continue his legacy, the Durdy Bayramov Art Foundation is developing scholarship and award programs that aim to create opportunities for aspiring artists so that they might pursue their love of art.

The Durdy Bayramov Art Foundation has recently announced an international composers’ competition, titled Musical Palette of Durdy Bayramov. This competition is held in conjunction with the Nury Halmamedov International Festival of Turkmen Classical Music, Sounds of Dutar. The main goal of the competition is to identify and cultivate the talent of young composers. A gala concert will take place on November 3rd, 2016, at the Russian Academy of Arts in Moscow. In addition to cash prizes and commemorative gifts, the winning compositions will be published in a compilation album and featured in an upcoming film about Durdy Bayramov.

Carpet Day is observed annually in Turkmenistan on the last Sunday of May to honour the Turkmen artisans who hand-weave these remarkable textiles. Carpet making is closely intertwined with the culture and history of Turkmenistan and carpet weaving is extremely important to the national economy. Traditional Turkmen carpet patterns are even depicted on the national flag and emblem of Turkmenistan, and contain significant symbolic meaning for the Turkmen people. During this lecture, visitors had an opportunity to not only learn about the rich cultural history of carpet weaving, but to also see handmade Turkmen rugs.

This lecture was devoted to unique holidays officially celebrated in Turkmenistan. Guests learned about the history and unique features of such holidays as Turkmen Carpet Day, Turkmen Horse Day, International Day of Older Persons, Drop of Water – Grain of Gold Holiday, and Turkmen Melon Day. Discussions of these holidays were intertwined with Durdy Bayramov’s art .

This illustrated lecture explored the cultural heritage of Turkmenistan and this ancient land’s archaeology, art, and vibrant craft traditions.