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The KYRGYZ NATIONAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS named after GAPAR AIYIEV is the main artistic treasure of Kyrgyzstan. The art gallery, later renamed the Kyrgyz State Museum of Fine Arts, was opened on January 1, 1935. The basis of the museum collection are 72 works of Russian artists, received from the State Tretyakov Gallery and the People's Commissariat of Education of the RSFSR, personally selected by the founder of the museum, the founder of Kyrgyz painting S. A. Chuykov. Starting from the first Republican exhibition in 1934, the museum’s funds are systematically replenished with works by artists of Kyrgyzstan. To date, the museum collection has about 18 thousand storage units. Structural division of the collection is carried out according to the types of fine art - painting funds (about 4 thousand exhibits), graphics (about 9600), sculpture (about 1 thousand), decorative and applied art (more than 3 thousand). Russian painting of the XVIII-XX centuries is represented in the KNMI in such a way that it can serve as an illustration of the history of the fine arts of Russia in all its chronological stages and stylistic directions. The main and most complete section of the museum collection are the funds of Kyrgyz art and decorative arts. The collection of Kyrgyz arts and crafts shows the diversity of species, all the most characteristic and significant: embroidery, felt products, woodcarving, patterned weaving, leather embossing, jewelry. The museum collection of works of artists of Kyrgyzstan allows to judge the development of culture, the formation of a national school, it covers all stages of the development of professional visual arts. The golden fund of the museum is the works of the classics of the Kyrgyz art by S. Chuikov, G. Aytiev, S. Akylbekov, A. Ignatiev, L. Ilina, A. Mikhalev, L. Mesarosh, O. Manuylova, T. Sadykov, D. Umetov, T. Herzen, B. Dzhumabaeva, A. Asrankulova, S. Aytiev, artists of different generations, different artistic styles, trends.