The Almaty Museum of Arts is an ambitious cultural project conceived and funded by collector and philanthropist Nurlan Smagulov. Slated to open in September 2024, the Almaty Museum of Arts will be the first contemporary art museum not only in Kazakhstan but also in Central Asia.

The museum building is designed by the renowned British architecture agency Chapman Taylor while the museum planning consultant is Lord Cultural Resources, an international consulting company whose portfolio includes the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the Qatar Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, and the Pompidou Center in Paris.