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The A. Kasteyev collection in the State Museum of Arts is the largest archive of decorative and graphic art works in the Republic of Kazakhstan; it includes 23005 exhibit items and is considered one of the best collections in the CIS. The primary objective of the storage department is the safe-keeping of museum valuables, and also the creation of favorable conditions for storage and examination. Museum funds are subject to strict governmental ACCOUNTING, that is why all arriving exhibit items are obligatory registered in the ACCOUNTING department with corresponding documents and are given serial numbers.

Museum funds, systematization, accounting and safety of the exhibits is the basis, on which the museum exists and determines the entire work of the custodians.

Putting on record art works, which are given to the museum with descriptions of security measures, card cataloguing, photographing of art works, describing, packaging of exhibition and its preparation for departure, work on the general museum catalogue – all of these are only the visible part of the fund custodian’s work.

All the collections in the museum depositories are divided according to types of storage: paintings by old masters, old Russian art (icons), paintings of Kazakhstan, graphics, jewelry, leather, weaving, felt, tapestry, contemporary decorative and applied arts, the orient collection and sculptures.

The ACCOUNTS Department of the museum with the assistance of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural organization developed a special program for work on the collection. All the museum art works with details of arrival and photographs are added to the database, which is appended with new data about works arriving to the museum. Revision of funds, compilation of lists of preserved and restored art works is the system of warranty of the whole museum collection.

In the museum and museum funds depositories everything is provided and considered for correct storage of art works: big light rooms, pull-out boards – for pictures, shelves, specialized window-cases, closets and tables for graphic works and rollers for carpets and tapestry.

Centralized air conditioning (warm in winter and cool in summer), maintenance of humidity and light regimes, measurement and regulation of temperature-humidity conditions twice during the working day (in the morning and in the evening) are conducted by a qualified engineer- climatologist. Everything contributes to the correct storage of the museum collection, according to the “Cultural Values Storage Instruction”.

 

The Restoration Department plays an important role in saving the museum collection. Qualified specialist restorers undertook internships in the leading restoration centres of Russia, and are rightly considered masters of their craft. Preventive examination of museum exhibits in potential need of restoration, description of safety measures, conservation and restoration of works- is the everyday work of the Centre specialists. All the processes of their work are reflected in the Restoration Passports and are conducted under the constant control of the Museum Restoration Union.

Employees:

1. Gulzira Moldasheva – Chief Custodian

2.Shkolnaya Irina Arievna – Chief of Recording Department

Group of Funds (Collection):

1.Murzabekova Meruert Kurmanbekovna – Custodian of foreign ainting and applied art

2. Aigul Alkina - Custodian of leather and jewelry fund 

3. Olga Gorovykh - Custodian of weaving and contemporary decorative and applied arts

4. Azamat Karatayev - Custodian of felt and sculpture

5. Zhanna Krikbayeva – Custodian of graphics

6. Aida Yeleyova – Custodian of paintings of Kazakhstan

7. Beitbitkul Abirova - Custodian of foreign graphics

Centre of Restoration:

1. Gulzhan Kaldybayeva - Head of Centre

2. Kulyatay Smagulova – Restorer of paintings

3. Anna Stepenko – Restorer of paintings

4. Stepenko Anna Vladimirovna – Restorer of paintings

5. Gulshat Kozhamzharova – Restorer of weaving

6. Underbay Karatayev - Restorer of jewerly and metals 

7. Asel Mombekova - Restorer