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KazIZO (Kazakh Visual Arts Department), [Alma-Ata]

КазИЗО (Казахский изобразительный отдел), [Алма-Ата]

KazIZO (Kazakh Visual Arts Department a.k.a. the Creative Association of Kazakhstan Artists) was an artist collective that existed from the 1940s until the mid-1950s in the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic. While visual arts departments and collectives were organized in the Soviet Union as early as 1917, some regional IZO departments (like KazIZO) were organized well-after the immediate post-revolutionary period.

Sources & Citations

Glants, M. (1994). ‘From the Southern Mountains to the Northern Seas’: Painting in the Republics in the Early Soviet Period. New perspectives on russian and soviet artistic culture., Selected Papers from the Fourth World Congress for Soviet and East European Studies, Harrogate, 1990. (p. 94, IZO departments established in 1917) (bio of artist Naum Pavlovich Karpovskii 1907-1978)