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Kvatakhevi Monastery is located in the province of Shida Kartli, deep in the Kavtura River Gorge. The main church of the monastery, which is dedicated to the Mother of God, was built around 1200 and is considered to represent one of the best examples of Georgian architecture from the Epoch of Queen Tamar.



Exhibition dedicated to Dimitri Khahutashvili’s 95th birthday. Dimitri Shevardnadze National Gallery presents the work and legacy of Dimitry Khakhutashvili. The exhibition presents 80 works by the artist of different periods from private collections and one canvas from the collection of Shalva Amiranashvili Museum of Fine Arts. Dimitri Khakhutashvili is a bright representative of the 50s generation, who, despite a successful career at the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts, abandoned all that and prefered to stay in the shadows as an artist. Dozens of paintings, graphic works, book illustrations, sketches - were almost unknown to the public. The graphic and structural originality of his compositions, the complex vision in creating battle scenes, the daring and open emotional style - represent an exceptionally thoughtful artist with a refined taste and technique, involved with constant searches and experiments, whose works acquire even greater charm over time. The curator of the exhibition: Lela Tsitsuashvili Designer: Davit Janiashvili



hitakhevi Monastery, which is popularly known as the Green Monastery, is located 15 km from the spa town of Borjomi. Its foundation is associated with two disciples of the great spiritual leader St. Gregory of Khandzta, Theodore and Christophore, and their arrival in the Borjomi Gorge (historical province of Tori) in the 830s. The monks established two monasteries: in Nedzvi and Kviriketsminda. These foundations soon grew into branches, one of which was situated in Chitakhevi.



Artist in focus - Gia Gugushvili is a painter and graphic artist, born in 1952 in Tbilisi. His works are housed in the Georgian National Museum / საქართველოს ეროვნული მუზეუმი (Tbilisi), the Adjara Art Museum (Batumi), the State Museum of Oriental Art (Moscow), the Christoph Merian Foundation (Basel), and the Norton Dodge Museum (Philadelphia), as well as in other galleries and private collections both in Georgia and overseas. The majority of the artist's paintings from the last 30 years are large-format abstract canvases, which attract the viewer’s eye with their mixed and matched spectrum of colors and expressiveness. In Gia Gugushvili's compositions, an object or a figure is so conventional that it may only be perceived as an allusion. It might be a familiar household item, or a geometric figure that bears a symbolic load – for instance, a wheel, a circle, small crosses or luminous objects. Music by Erekle Getsadze



Zurab PICO Nizharadze’s (1928-2021) solo exhibition is being held in the House Museum of Alexander Chavchavadze at the Tsinandali Estate. Zurab Nizharadze was one of Georgia's foremost contemporary artists. The artist was still very young when his friends nicknamed him Pico. This would seem to be a reference to Picasso because of Nizharadze’s particular interest in the color blue in his early paintings, or his artistic vision and creative freedom. It is on the basis of this freedom, talent, and exceptional intellect that Zurab Nizharadze, together with other representatives of the 1950s Georgian art scene, restored a sense of creative freedom and originality during the country’s era of socialism. The artistic faces created by Zurab Nizharadze are lyrical and romantic, at times melancholic, at others even grotesque. Yet they express the artist's love and warmth towards life – which is why Nizharadze's world in its entirety brings viewers joy and happiness. Curated by Mariam Kakabadze



TBILISI PIANO FEST 2022 - Tbilisi hosted the Third TBILISI PIANO FEST. The idea of the festival is to bring together each year the world's leading musicians and pedagogues. Talented young pianists are given the opportunity to take part in interactive musical events and master classes, and to acquire an exceptional musical experience. Guests this year were pianists from New York, Paris, Zurich, Madrid, Vienna and Berlin, as well as the Georgian pianists Edisher Savitski, Sandro Gegechkori and Irma Gigani. The renowned Ukrainian-born pianist Konstantin Lifschitz also took part in the festival. The festival was held at different venues: the Tbilisi State Conservatoire, the Parliamentary Library, and master classes took place at the National Palace. For the final two days of the event, open air concerts were held on Orbeliani Square, which were led by the founder and artistic director of the PIANO FEST Dudana Mazmanishvili, together with the Georgian National Symphony Orchestra, French-Cypriot virtuoso pianist Cyprien Katsaris, and the world-famous German conductor Moritz Gnan.



XX-XXI centuries Georgian art from private collections" - Dimitri Shevardnadze National Gallery presents an exhibition one of the curatorial versions of the history of the development of contemporary Georgian art. The exhibition united works by famous Georgian artists from Georgia and the West from the 20th century to the present, those who have been housed in various private collections over the past 6 years. Among them are: works of Alexandre (Shura) Bandzeladze, Vera Paghava, Karlo Katcharava, Mamuka Tsetskhladze, Lia Shvelidze, Tea Jorjadze, Tea Gvetadze, Salome Machaidze, Dato Meskhi and other outstanding artists. It is noteworthy that for the first time to the general public will be on display those works whose purchase and return from Europe has only recently taken place. The exposition presents works from different mediums, ideologies or historical contexts. "Archivarius", "10th Floor", "Marjanishvili Theater Artists' Group", the works by local and west art scene Georgian artists tell the recent history of Georgia. Curator: Lika Chkuaseli



MARTQOPI MONASTERY dates back to the mid-sixth century when St. Anton, one of a group of monks known as the “Thirteen Syrian Fathers,” settled here. According to tradition, he lived on top of a pillar, thus following the Syrian practice of Stylitism. Soon a community of monks had gathered around him, which led to the foundation of a monastery that was subsequently named Martqopi (shortened from “Martodmqopi” – literally "one living in solitude," a hermit). Monastery is located about 25 km east of Tbilisi.



Street Lights - Solo exhibition by Giorgi Gagoshidze (Gagosh) presents artworks made in different mediums. They are movables, and relief. Street Lights represent a systematic model of governance. They allow or prohibit us from taking specific actions, or simply make us wait without answering. According to the system, Humans may belong to three categories: First, those who abide by street light rules. Second, those who set the rules, and third, those who do not obey systemic orders. The latter can interact with the system, suddenly change their decisions and create their own rules. The presented series allows spectators to define to which category they belong. The exhibition of Gagosh was presented in Dédicace Gallery



Georgian Modernism and Tbilisi Avant-Garde (1910-1932) - The exhibition presents Georgian Modernism and the Tbilisi Avant-Garde of 1910–1932. The curators Nana Kipiani and Nana Shervashidze decided to prioritize exhibiting the artworks in order to show as many works as possible — well-known and unknown, or familiar but not in the general modernist context, as well as to demonstrate the artistic diversity of the period. Documentary material revealing these decades' historical, social, cultural, and political contexts is underrepresented. This was conditioned by the presence of a permanent exhibition of Niko Pirosmani's paintings in one of the museum halls. Nevertheless, this made it possible to intervene in the permanent exhibition, just as Iliazd did in his album dedicated to Melnikova, but only for the duration of this exhibition. As such, the curators of the exhibition decided to intervene in the Pirosmani exhibition space with works by those representatives of the Tbilisi Avant-Garde who had discovered Niko Pirosmani, and who managed to preserve his works for future generations. As a result of their art being banned since the 1930s, their names have gradually been erased from memory and forgotten for over 70 years. Curators: Nana Kipiani, Nana Shervashidze Co-Curator: Mariam Dvali



ANCHISKHATI - The Church of the Nativity of the Virgin, which is located in Zemo (Upper) Kala District and known as Anchiskhati, is the oldest preserved church in Tbilisi. Its plan, architectural design, and building technique suggest a date in the early Christian period. Seemingly, a note in the Georgian chronicle that mentions King Dachi of Iberia (ca 502-514) building St Mary's Church in Tbilisi refers to this church. The interior of the church is covered with murals painted in 1683 by order of Catholicos Nicholas VI, and in 1813 at the request of Dean Dimitri Aleksi-Meskhishvili.



Artist in focus • Levan Lagidze (1958) - paints the imaginary city and its labyrinths. However, just as Macondo is based on its prototype Aracataca, Lagidze's cities originate from his native city. This is also confirmed by the fact that his early landscapes show houses suspended over the Mtkvari river in Tbilisi. Later they disappear and sink into a new geometric system with numerous brush strokes. A combination of rectangles, squares, geometric abstractions, also the orderly rhythmic repetition of forms, all these elements create his unique and accurate language.



“QARABSHA” is a new project from the Georgian National Ballet Sukhishvilebi. Based on Georgian folk dance movements, “QARABSHA” expresses inner freedom and ethnic elements. The word “QARABSHA” means the state of being in a trance. The performance comprises three programs: NABIJI (step), QARABSHA, and TRANSFORMATION. The host of the event is Republic event hall



The 59th International Art Exhibition “La Biennale di Venezia” is running from 23rd April to 27th November 2022, and is curated by Cecilia Alemani. This year's Biennale is entitled “The Milk of Dreams,” which is the title of a book by Surrealist artist Leonora Carrington (1917–2011), in which she describes a magical world where life is constantly re-envisioned through the prism of the imagination. It is a world where everyone can change, be transformed, and become something or someone else. The Exhibition “The Milk of Dreams” takes Leonora Carrington’s otherworldly creatures along with other figures of transformation as companions on an imaginary journey through metamorphoses of bodies and definitions of the human. The Exhibition is taking place in the Central Pavilion (Giardini) and in the Arsenale, and includes 213 artists from 58 countries with 1,433 works and objects on display. The Georgian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2022 is presented by Mariam Natroshvili and Detu Jincharadze with a project entitled “I Pity the Garden.” It is a VR experience with auto-generated real-time simulation. “La Biennale di Venezia” has for over 120 years been one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world. Established in 1895, today the Biennale is attended by over 500,000 visitors to the Art Exhibition Commissioner: Magda Guruli Curators: In-between Conditions - Giorgi Spanderashvili, Khatia Tchokhonelidze, Vato Urushadze



BATUMI is the second largest city in Georgia and capital of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara. It is situated on the Black Sea coast in Southwestern Georgia, andlies in a subtropical zone at the foot of the Caucasus Mountains. BATUMI is located on the site of an ancient Greek colony in Colchis that was called "Bathus'' or "Bathys" – derived from the Greek term meaning 'deep harbor.' Music by Lili Iashvili Author of the text - Korneli Sanadze, Performer - Nanuli Abesadze and Suliko Koroshinadze Updated version composed by Erekle Getsadze