The Church of the Savior of Mghvimevi, which dates from the 1270s, stands on a steep cliff face high above the road in a suburb of the city of Chiatura in Imereti. It is built in front of a natural cave, and is partly sheltered by a large overhanging steep ledge of rock (the name of the place derives from Mghvime, which means cave in Georgian).
Artist in focus • Rita Khachaturian (born 1982) is a Georgian artist, whose new project Serengeti is a most attractive combination of tradition and innovation. For Rita Khachaturian, Serengeti is symbolic of the interaction and constant rotation between life and death. It is the endless field of life that people visit only temporarily before departing. Rita’s works are easily recognizable owing to her uncompromising style and due to the severity that was already obvious in her earlier series: Fear, Morphology, and Batonebi (Lords). The exhibition, which is curated by the Vanda Art Gallery is the culmination of almost three years of Rita’s work. The exhibition host: Dimitri Shevardnadze National Gallery
Rita Khachaturian (born 1982) is a Georgian artist, whose new project Serengeti is a most attractive combination of tradition and innovation. For Rita Khachaturian, Serengeti is symbolic of the interaction and constant rotation between life and death. It is the endless field of life that people visit only temporarily before departing. Rita’s works are easily recognizable owing to her uncompromising style and due to the severity that was already obvious in her earlier series: Fear, Morphology, and Batonebi (Lords). The exhibition, which is curated by the Vanda Art Gallery is the culmination of almost three years of Rita’s work. The exhibition host: Dimitri Shevardnadze National Gallery
Avto Varazi (1926-1977) was a Georgian artist. He graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at Georgian Technical University. In 1948, he enrolled on a doctoral program at the Institute of Art History in Tbilisi. For many years he worked as a designer of museum exhibitions. As a pioneer of the 1960s nonconformist movement, he explored the principles of early Western Modernism. Avto Varazi’s universe is easily recognizable with its emotiveness, distinctive vision, and unique compositional structure, and also for the prevailing melancholy of existential solitude. His works are kept at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Non-Conformist Art Collection of the Zimmerli Art Museum (USA), as well as at various museums in France and Greece and in private collections. “I remember how my first ever exhibition failed. I had chosen one of the works from my colored pencil drawings and hung it on the wall before the guests arrived. The visitors came and left without even noticing my work. I was heartbroken, and in doubt about whether I could draw at all. I was five years old at the time.” (A. Varazi, Memoirs) The host of the exhibition: Tsinandali Museum Music by Erekle Getsadze
Artist in focus • Giorgi Kobiashvili is a young artist whose paintings reflect the visions, world perceptions, and searches characteristic of the new generation. His pictures depict a technologically advanced dystopian universe with apocalyptic themes that is tense and mysterious, where time and space are conditional. This artist’s « voice » is already audible in the current of contemporary Georgian art, and it is manifested through personal ties with the history of painting, free variants of iconographic models, and escalating vitality.
A New Year’s gala concert was held in Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theater with participation of theater soloists, ballet troupe, choir and orchestra. Fragments from opera and ballet masterpieces were performed.
Jemal Japaridze (born 1932) is a Georgian sculptor. His works are made of marble, wood and metal, and cover a wide range of genres from monumental and public art to portraiture. The predominant motifs and themes in Jemal Japaridze’s art are motherhood, family, mythological characters, and portraits of women. King Tamar, Warrior Women, The Archer Woman, and the portrait of Lali Tevzadze were exhibited at the D. Shevardnadze National Gallery.
“The Caucasian Orangery” - is a conditional title of Vakho Bugadze’s solo exhibition. It is a curatorial position regarding the name of the solo show, which the artist also agreed. The geographical localization offers an allusion to the place of Georgians’ physical existence: the theme of our roots and our uprooting from them. These elements become particularly relevant with globalization, war, and constant displacement – the inherent problems of the Caucasus, a territory which is constantly subject to the pressure of geopolitical threats. The exhibition was organized within the framework of the Baia Gallery -project “Garden Model”.
Lado Alexi-Meshkhishvili (1915-1978) is one of the most outstanding architects, whose creative work has left a significant mark on Georgia, particularly in Tbilisi. Though Lado Alexi-Meskhishvili had to work in two completely different stylistic and ideological periods, all of his works are characterized by their simplicity, subtlety, and lack of excessive decoration and overload of details. Even though his projects share some common features, they are all unique.
Tbilisi MURAL Fest- It has been four years now since Tbilisi became the host of this internationally acclaimed festival. The festival brings together widely recognized artists from all over the world, including Georgia. The artist line-up is changed annually, and this year Tbilisi Mural Fest welcomed Fintan Magee, Vesod, Sasha Korban, David Machavariani, Luis Gomez de Teran, Artez, Kera, Mohamed Lghacham, and Chertova Tina. The artists are free to choose their own subject matter and what their murals will look like. However, this year was exceptional. With more than forty murals now in existence, the festival has transformed the city’s appearance, turning it into an open-air exhibition of urban art. These huge artworks have made Tbilisi one of the best locations, as well as a popular travel destination for visitors from all over the world who are interested in urban art.
XVII CENTURY FRIDGE, 2022 is a site-specific installation comprising three standalone pieces conceptually interwoven through their temporal, spatial and societal significance. Created by three Tbilisi based artists, Tiko Imnadze, Sandro Pachuashvili and Mishiko Sulakauri. The site, with its particular characteristics and the three elements housed within it, all come together to explore the ideas of shared spaces as places of utility, the adaptation of their purpose, and the significance of historical and environmental preservation. The installation invites viewers to reflect upon the juxtaposition of the old, the new and the yet unknown. The show was on view at Gudiashvili Square 7/2. Tiko Imnadze Sandro Pachuashvili Mishiko Sulakauri
Ateni Sioni is Georgian Orthodox church features 4 apses with 4 niches & Nuskhuri inscriptions. The first church was constructed at the site as early as the fifth century. Archaeological studies have revealed that it must have been a large basilica. The majority of the substructure was also built during that period. Ateni is located in Shida Kartli province, 15 km from the town of Gori. The church known as Sioni (i. e. Zion) stands on a giant artificial platform constructed atop a cliff at a bend in the Tana River gorge.
Personal Structures - is a biennial contemporary art exhibition organized and hosted by European Cultural Centre in Venice, Italy. Georgian artist Rocko Iremashvili (1979) was the guest of 2022’s edition. The idea of exhibition was reflections, which embodies the dual meaning of a visible episode perceived by the eyes and a mental deed stemming from the action of thinking and pondering with the mind. In Rocko Iremashvili’s art-works, regardless of format and material – be it stainless steel, three-dimentional sculpture, multimedia art, video or, large-scale painting behind ignoring the esthetic rules visitors found a magnetic synthesis of social protest, political sarcasm, vanity and compassion. At the same time it is not rare to see modern rethinks of ancient and religious scenes beside global and eternity thematic in his works. The artist was presented by the Georgian National Museum.
The 3rd edition of TAF - Tbilisi Art Fair 2022 - showcased international galleries, solo exhibitions of young and emerging artists, and curated exhibitions. Being the largest art fair in the region, it brought together art professionals, curators, critics, collectors, international media representatives, and visitors from all over the world. During TAF Week, various performances, workshops, talks and other events were held. TAF aims to explore and support the contemporary art scene, as well as culture in general. The host of the event was Expo Georgia Exhibition Center.
“Noise of Stones” - Zura Apkhazi’s multimedia exhibition is a collection of his best works created in recent years. Long-term searches helped to form individual vision of the artist. Further deepening his interests resulted in bold, impressive images defining the style of Zura Abkhazi. He creates black and white images of the cosmos that are as mysterious as the cosmos itself. Zura Apkhazi (Apkhazashvili) was born in 1968. After graduating from the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts (1996), he has been teaching art at Uplistsikhe school for years, and at the same time, he participated in various exhibitions. His oeuvre is greatly influenced by the brutality of New German Expressionism, displayed through big textural canvases, which developed into an original variety of large-scale series, where his individuality revealed. The project is presented by Dédicace Gallery. The Exhibition is curated by Khatuna Khabuliani, co-curated by Ana Jvania, the video piece is created by Aleksi Soselia and Ucha Tsotseria, and the sound by Dima Dadiani.