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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



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



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



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



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.



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



Tato Akhalkatsishvili’s exposition “Eccentric Traveler” was shown at Georgian National Museum / საქართველოს ეროვნული მუზეუმი. The exhibition wanders through the past and the future, beyond time, into Javakheti, the Gareja desert, an airfield, and spirit-inhabited forests, abandoned buildings and endless trails, to the Marshall Islands and alien rituals, into his own and another’s dreams. Tato Akhalkatsishvili is an eccentric traveler who invites the audience to enter paintings that have neither door nor key. Tato Akhalkatsishvili's solo exhibition has been organized by the Cultural Center ATINATI'S and launched in collaboration with the Dimitri Shevardnadze National Gallery. Tato Akhalkatsishvili (1979) was born in Tbilisi, Georgia. He studied at the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts (1996-2003). Since 2003 Akhalkatsishvili’s works have regularly been shown in Georgia as well as abroad: in Europe, Japan and the USA where he has participated in art fairs, personal and group exhibitions.



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.



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