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FREEDOM - INSPIRED ART

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