The 5th Anniversary Congress of the World Society "Cultural Legacy of Uzbekistan - the Foundation of a New Renaissance" has completed its work in Tashkent.
15 new books-albums from the series Cultural Legacy of Uzbekistan in the World Collections have been prepared for the Congress. The total number of books in the series has reached fifty. A unique achievement of the project for the 5th Congress is the completion of work on the preparation of a volume devoted to the decipherment and reading of epigraphic inscriptions on the architectural monuments of Mughal (Baburid) India. This volume became a continuation of the series Architectural Epigraphy of Uzbekistan, which symbolizes the beginning of research work not only with the monuments of our country, but also abroad. Based on the results of work on the first volume, it was also decided to start working on the study of the epigraphic heritage preserved on the monuments of Kazakhstan and Iran, which are our common cultural heritage, for example, the architecture of Iran of the Timurid period.
Besides, 6 more gift albums have been published. Among them are colorful books with many illustrations: 4 volumes are devoted to the masterpieces of the art of Uzbekistan, 1 illustrated album is dedicated to the ceramics of Rishtan and 1 album - to the miniatures created by Kamoliddin Behzad.
About ten unique exhibitions, at which the books-albums were presented, were prepared for the Congress. These are the photo exhibition “Miniatures by K. Behzad”; Jalal Usmanov's paintings and multimedia project “Metaphysics of Contemplation”exhibition; the photo exhibition of Leon Semyonovich Barshchevsky, archaeologist, cultural researcher of Central Asia; exhibition of outstanding manuscripts of Uzbekistan; the photo exhibition “History of Uzbekistan in photographs - discovering the past”; an exclusive exhibition of Rishtan ceramics, as well as a special exposition "3D technologies in modern science" - a virtual tour to the monuments of Shakhrisabz and Samarkand.
More than 250 scientists from more than 40 countries of the world took part in the work of the 12 sections of the Congress. Among them are 9 Academicians, 63 Doctors of Science, 66 Professors, 28 Associate Professors and 28 Candidates of Science, more than 40 Heads of museums, libraries, scientific organizations. About 100 reports were heard in Tashkent. Also, the scientists of the World Society will take part in the sectional meetings of the International Forum and Cultural Heritage Week in Khiva and Nukus. They are devoted both to the work done and to the plans outlined by the World Society for the future.
A sensational event of the Congress was the presentation of a facsimile edition of The Book of Fixed Stars created by order of the great ruler Mirzo Ulugbek. The unique facsimile was published by the Austrian publishing house Mueller&Shindler together with the World Society for the Study, Preservation
and Promotion of the Cultural Legacy of Uzbekistan. This manuscript is now kept in the collection of the National Library of France. This is the seventh facsimile edition of the greatest ancient manuscripts.
More than 30 foreign media, over 50 local media outlets arrived to cover the Congress. To date, some 200 papers on the Congress have been published in foreign and local media.
Participants of the Congress, members of the World Society outlined the project's plans for the future. Among them is the publication of new books-albums of the series Cultural Legacy of Uzbekistan in the World Collections, dedicated to the national cultural legacy stored in foreign collections - the Ukrainian Khanenko Museum, the State Hermitage, museums and libraries in Hungary, scientific collections in China, the United Arab Emirates and other countries.
It is also planned to work on books-albums on the cultural legacy of the museums of Bukhara and Termez. The project “History of Cartographic Representations of Central Asia from Antiquity to the 20th Century” is to be developed.
The main outcome of the Congress has been the definition of plans for the project Cultural Legacy of Uzbekistan in the World Collections for the coming year.
The organizers of the Congress are the World Society for the Study, Preservation and Promotion of the Cultural Legacy of Uzbekistan and the National Association of Electronic Media of Uzbekistan with the organizational and financial support of the Government of Uzbekistan, with the assistance of UNESCO, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Ministry of Culture, the oilfield service company EriellGroup.