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Composer Alexandre Kordzaia, jazz pianist Beka Gochiashvili, violist Giorgi Zagareli and hip-hop artist Dro (Sandro Popkhadze) got together with the idea of manifesting music that has no boundaries or genre definitions. This is the concept of the musical project: music provides the opportunity to discover new forms and express the value of freedom, even when the music is old and part of mass-culture, or even contemporary and experimental. The concert was dedicated to Ukraine. Half of the money received from the concert was donated to the Ukrainian Relief Fund / MONO HALL hosted the project



The exhibition entitled "Artist and Epoch" on show at the Simon Janashia Museum of Georgia is dedicated to the 145th anniversary of Shalom Koboshvili's birth. Shalom Koboshvili (1876-1941) is the foremost Jewish painter in Georgia. His work is connected with the Jewish Historic-Ethnographic Museum, where he worked as a watchman in the latter years of his life. The exhibition represents the epoch spanning the years of the artist's life (1876-1941), and includes up to 150 exhibits. Apart from Shalom Koboshvili's artworks, the exhibition also features thematic paintings and graphic works by David Gvelesiani; the diverse collection of the Georgian National Museum; 19th and early 20th-century Jewish garments, textiles, religious, ritual or everyday items; photographs preserved in the archives of the David Baazov Museum of History of the Jews of Georgia and Georgian-Jewish Relations; Dimitri Ermakov's photo archives; as well as documentary and archival materials provided by the National Archives of Georgia and the National Library. The exhibition has been enhanced with multimedia components and a short documentary film "The Guardian of Memories," created for the media platform Chai Khana as part of the project "The legacy of Georgia's once-vibrant Jewish communities," which is supported by the Embassy of Israel in Georgia. Curator: Lela Tsitsuashvili Designer: David Janiashvili Exhibition duration: December 22nd, 2021 - May 5th, 2022



The exhibition “Buffer Intervals’’ offered by Rocko Iremashvili is a logical continuation of the artist's creative vision. It is a process-metaphor created by multimedia accents, which always brings forth new sacramental images. According to Parmenides it is like a sphere within which everything is equally distanced from the center and nothing exists beside this sphere. If we imagine this sphere of being as an area of freedom of art and transform it into the inspiration of the conception of the exhibition, it will be understood that “being” for artist is a synonym of freedom, and it fully agrees with the relations between an artist and art. Curated by Nino Gujabidze Co-curated by Ana Zhvania Georgian National Museum



Exhibition "Freedom-Inspired Art" of Non-conformist Artists The non-conformist movement in Georgia was featured fragmentary and spontaneous. The position of artists rejecting the official ideology established in the art field at that time caused outrage among the Soviet authorities. Therefore, they used all means to control and suppress the tendencies unfavorable to the regime in the arts: publications, exhibitions, reprimanding the authors, arresting and carrying out punitive operations against them. In such an atmosphere, the artist as a person had to choose among membership in the unions of the Communist Party, artists or academic oligarchy, creativity in the spirit of social realism, the service of the ruling ideology and creative freedom, identity and personal responsibility to the world. When the artist made a choice in favor of creative freedom and personal dignity, he would lose material privileges, public, social and legal guarantees, the kindness of the rulers, which, in fact, would lead him and his loved ones into the illegal space. In the 1960s and 1970s, non-conformist artists : Avto Varazi, Otar Chkhartishvili, Temo Japaridze, Amir Kakabadze, Vakhtang (Vatia) Davitashvili, Avto Meskhi laid the foundation for unofficial art in Georgia, which marked the beginning of a new cultural era. Duration: 5 November, 2021 - 5 May, 2022 Venue: Sighnaghi Museum, 8, Rustaveli blind-Alley, Sighnaghi, Georgia



Artist in focus - Oleg Timchenko (1957) is a Tbilisi-based contemporary painter. From 1987–1991, Oleg worked as a painter in the Marjanishvili Theater. During this time, Timchenko and his friends created the theater group called "10th Floor Group". Timchenko's works often create a whole set of contrasting characters – sad angels, tragic dancing gnomes, wonder-struck forest ghosts with childish and non-childish expressions, often decorated with roses, precious stones, and jewelry. He has been considered a “transformer” artist. Oleg Timchenko’s artworks currently held and exhibited at the Georgian Museum of Fine Arts. The Georgian Museum of Fine Arts displays the private family collection of Gia Jokhtaberidze and Manana Shevardnadze, one bringing together 3,500 works by almost 100 artists.



ELENE AKHVLEDIANI AND HER ERA - The exhibition ‘Elene Akhvlediani and Her Era’ displays the working context of the greatest Georgian artist Elene Akhvlediani, and present hitherto unknown works by major artists of the 20th century. Unique materials preserved in the private collections. Private collections very often form the basis for museums, and enable privately owned and preserved treasures to be made accessible to the wider public. Baia Gallery launched a new project: “The Artists and their Era.” It pursues the goal of focusing on the works of a specific artist and revealing the creative processes that took place in parallel to his or her career.



Gremi is the former capital of the Kingdom of Kakheti. Its archaeological site includes a citadel, a royal quarter, and a trade district. The Church of the Archangels in the citadel was built by King Levan in 1565. It is one of the best examples of sixteenth-century Georgian architecture.



Over the course of the past few years, the industry has proven to be a true success. Its consistent growth and compelling performance, paired with rising demand across markets and the undeniable e-commerce boom, have yielded promising results. As the single most important fashion event in Georgia, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tbilisi genuinely shines a spotlight on local emerging designers. A total of 20 designers have already had a chance to showcase their collections through the MBFW Tbilisi digital platform.



“This film is a revelation, a moment of authentic cinema that fills the screen with flames.”- Italian filmmaker, Lucas Guadanino on “Beginning”. Guadanino served as a jury president at San Sebastián International Film Festival 2020, where Kulumbegashvili's debut feature got the Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay & and Best Actress awards, making her the first filmmaker from Georgia to have won several major prizes of A List film festival. "Beginning" was initially premiered at Toronto International Film Festival, winning the FIPRESCI Prize. Following San Sebastian triumph it also received awards at Trieste, Singapore and other festivals. The idea of the film came from Kulumbegashvili's real life experience and relashions the her relatives and family friends: “I was thinking about how your beliefs and personal decisions can change your position in the society, where you grew up and consider your home. I had the same questions about my own life, about alienation, what it means to go far from your place and come back after awhile.- she says. “Beginning” – a festival favorite debut drama by Dea Kulumbegashvili.



Music that pushes existing boundaries and genre definitions. The idea is to present the audience diverse musical compositions from different genres. Performers introduced the elements from classical sounds and took the chances to offer unpredictable compositions. Performers: Zagareli & Strings, Alexandre Kordzaia, Giorgi Gigashvili, Zura Jishkariani /DILLA, Sandro Popkhadze /DRO; Host of the project - Vaso Abashidze State New Theatre



ENJOY TRANSCENDENCE is a collaboration between PROJECT FUNGUS and Ria Keburia Foundation In a consumer society, myth is always presented as an explicator and definer, producing value systems and the structure of reality. Simultaneously, it appoints ritual as a habit, behaviour, and example to determine human experience, where repetitive actions create antistructure. Artists critically gaze at western traditions of heteronormativity, capitalism, rationalism, and science and try to rethink values created by these discourses. Myth and ritual in a modern consumer society, was the theme of the work of eight artists: Mariko Chanturia, Nini Goderidze, David Apakidze, Hitori Ni, Xosilita, George Kartozia, K.O.I, Tina Sharashenidze



Tamaz Nutsubidze (1940-2002) worked on the artistic decoration of tapestry and textile. Nutsubidze suggests tapestry as essentially a flat form of painting, appreciating the duality of the medium in its practical and ideological sense, allowing his works to go beyond decorative and the context in which they were produced. Having a Baltic influence, Nutsubidze rejects the realistic dimensional technique, distancing himself from the figuration and Soviet craze of depicting perspective, not forcing painting techniques on a Gobelin. LC Queisser, in collaboration with Nectar gallery, hosted the exhibition of Tamaz Nutsubidze. Presented the re-completed series of decorative textile and tapestry work alongside rich archive material. Music by Erekle Getsadze



Petre Otskheli (1907 - 1937) played a pivotal role in the development of Georgian scenography in the 20th century, and continues to influence it in the 21st. Otskheli’s unlimited artistic possibilities are equally demonstrated in his images of treacherous, sage and noble characters. Music by Gia Kancheli and Erekle Getsadze



GONIO FORTRESS stands on flatlands near the sea coast, and during the Roman period it was directly linked to a harbour in order to secure safe navigation. Exact date of its foundation is unknown, but it is believed to have been built in the first century AD, and restored in the fourth and sixth centuries. According to Georgian Orthodox Church tradition, the tomb of St Matthias (the apostle chosen to replace Judas Iscariot) is located in Gonio. Music by Erekle Getsadze



Exhibition titled - “The Yellow Box” presented by artistic group On/OFF. The name refers to the yellow ochre colored container of MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company. It was MSC’s yellow container that became a source of inspiration for the Group On/Off. The Group was established in 2017 in Georgia's film studio’s workshops and later on, moved to Dédicace Gallery. The group includes the following artists: Archibald Kordzaia, Gega Kutatelii, Giorgi Otiashvili, David Kukhalashvili, and Tamar Khmiadashvili Part of "the Yellow Box" is a display of installations by Zurab Sheqelashvili and Tornike Chapodze, which is represented as a container-shaped object. “The Yellow Box” showcases the paintings, graphics, and installation with different contextual representations. Exhibition was hosted by ATINATI’S Cultural Center.