On February 17, 2017 in the building of the Museum of the Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Leader of the Nation took place opening of new exposition «Astana is a symbol of unity and independence of Kazakhstan», dedicated to the 20th anniversary of moving the capital from Almaty to Astana. A specific point is that the exposition is placed in «Golden» hall of the first residence of the President in Astana. In 1998 in this hall Kisho Kurokawa the winner of the international opened competition of the design-idea of Astana construction presented his project. The general layout of the city was also approved in this hall.
The exposition «Astana is a symbol of unity and independence of Kazakhstan» is a result of a complex research of formation and development history of the capital on the basis of the materials analysis of the museum collection, gathering work of the employees. The Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Leader of the Nation has necessary source study base: museum collections include the things reflecting events and processes of the independence period, their participant and initiator was directly N. A. Nazarbayev; the archive contains the unique documents reflecting political will of the Head of state.
The deputy director of the Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Leader of the Nation Aktayeva Kulyaysha Kabdualievna in her speech noted:
«Astana became pride of new Kazakhstan, a symbol of the statement of the national idea and unification of the country, a symbol of the state success and political will of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Leader of the Nation N. A. Nazarbayev. The strategic initiative of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Leader of the Nation Nursultan Nazarbayev about moving of the capital from Almaty to Akmola became fatal in the contemporary history of the republic».
The deputy akim of Astana Amanshaev Ermek Amirkhanovich emphasized the importance of the new exhibition:
«Today Astana is a mega-project of the First President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, and it was implemented in a very short period of time. People from different regions of Kazakhstan and foreign countries, different generations come to the capital every day and get acquainted with the history of Astana. This exhibition will tell the tourists about the history of Astana as a symbol of new Kazakhstan».
Kazantsev Pavel Olegovich is a deputy of Mazhilis of the Parliament of Kazakhstan. In 1995 - 1997 he was a deputy akim and worked with the questions of moving of the capital. In his speech he noted:
«The opening of this exhibition has stirred the memories of those years, when we were directly involved with problems of improvement of the capital. Years have been passed but what the exhibition recalled me to those events when we had involved in a large project of the First President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev to build a new capital. It’s symbolic that the exhibition was opened during the public discussion of the address of the President to people of Kazakhstan and the constitutional reforms initiated by the Leader of the Nation».
The deputies of Mazhilis of the Parliament of Kazakhstan, the representatives of the embassies accredited in Kazakhstan, public and state persons took part at the opening ceremony.
It is possible to separate photo and traditional documents among documentary sources – the speeches of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N. A. Nazarbayev at the celebrations devoted to the presentation of Astana and Day of the capital, at the presentation and opening of objects of the new capital, at the meetings on development and construction of Astana, the notebooks with working records to the meetings on questions of moving of the capital, the interviews to mass media, the shorthand reports of press conferences. Very interesting are the congratulatory addresses from the heads of the foreign states on the occasion of the presentation of the new capital of Kazakhstan – Astana, etc. In the museum collection are stored the sketches of important objects of Astana made by N. A. Nazarbayev; the public awards testifying to the President's contribution to formation of the new capital; the souvenir compositions narrating about growth rates of Astana.
The new exposition consists of four thematic sections: «Moving of the capital of Kazakhstan from Almaty to Akmola is an important component of system reforms for modernization of Kazakhstan»; «N. A. Nazarbayev's role in formation and development of Astana»; «Social and economic development of Astana»; «International image of the capital of Kazakhstan». The basic exposition is preceded by information selection about the previous capitals of Kazakhstan. A visitor can get acquainted with unique archival materials and exhibits, and he has an opportunity to get acquainted consistently with an eventful, amazing history of Astana for last 20 years.
Especially for the opening ceremony in the large exhibition hall is presented a collection of decorative-applied arts and paintings from the museum's collection of the Library as a small dedication for Astana. The works of Toleugazy Baigaliev a member of the Union of Artists of Kazakhstan and his students from «Baigaliev» art studio are presented in the small exhibition hall.
The visitors of the Museum of the Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Leader of the Nation will have a unique opportunity to compare the history of formation of the capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan with the place of direct adoption of epoch-making decisions in interiors of the first Residence of the President of independent Kazakhstan.