Address: Tashkent Street, Samarkand
Reference point: Registan square
Hours: 7 days a week: 10:00am-06:00pm
The Chorsu National Art Gallery is located in the historical center of Samarkand, near Registan Square and Sherdor Madrasah. The gallery building has an original hexagonal shape and domes - one large central and six small ones above each of the entrances. The building is old, it was built in the 15th century. It has a rather rich, centuries-old history. At the moment it is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List along with the rest of the historical part of the city.
For many centuries this building was a place of active trade, as it was located at the intersection of world trade routes connecting Samarkand with Shakhrisabz, Bukhara and Tashkent. The architectural monument has been reconstructed several times. In 2005, a major restoration of the building was carried out and after that the Art Gallery was opened. Today, the building of the Art Gallery presents the best works of contemporary Uzbek artists, both well-known and recognized, as well as beginning young talents, as well as museum exhibits of priceless works of the past.
The Art Gallery regularly, once every few months, hosts exhibitions of paintings of various genres: landscapes, still lifes, portraits, images of ancient sights of Central Asia. All works exhibited in the gallery reflect everyday, historical and lyrical themes; the love of painters for the people, for its rich history, for the colorful nature of their native land. The works also reflect the traditions, culture and way of life of the Uzbek people. In a separate room, visitors can view works of sculptors and architects, posters and reproductions of traditional painted ceramics and other works of art.
In the Art Gallery you can buy unique products of Uzbek national masters, works of folk applied art, national clothes and souvenirs, painted dishes, jewelry, sculpture, ceramics, and much more.