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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



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



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.



Discover the BOLNISI MUSEUM, where you can view exhibitions that reveal the nature of the region, the history of the first hominin, and the emergence of agriculture. Here you can also see the evolution of ancient metallurgy and Bronze Age cultures, early Christian architecture, examples of old Georgian inscriptions, and stone and clay artifacts from the medieval era.



Levan Tsutskiridze (1926 - 2021) was a Georgian monumentalist artist, illustrator, and painter of frescoes in the Sioni Cathedral, Tbilisi. Tsutskiridze was the author of illustrations of more than thirty books including The Knight in the Panther's Skin, published in Berlin, Moscow, Yerevan and Japan. Levan Tsutskiridze’s artworks currently held and exhibited at the Georgian Museum of Fine Arts.



Niniko Morbedaze (1957) - Graphic artist, film production designer. Niniko Morbedadze’s works successfully sold at Phillips contemporary art auction in 2020-2021 years. Her work rests heavily on the notion that what transpires in our subconscious and conscious minds can never be fully or accurately expressed. Music by Erekle Getsadze



Georgi (Gogi) Alexi-Meskhishvili (1941) beginning from 1971, served as stage designer of the Shota Rustaveli Drama Theatre, Zakaria Paliashvili Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre, and also cooperated with the Kote Marjanishvili State Drama Theatre. In 1975 he was elected as head designer of the Shota Rustaveli Drama Theatre, where he designed the sets for approximately 40 performances. Gogi Alexi-Meskhishvili has created costumes and set designs for many leading theaters in the world.



Dimitri Shevardnadze National Gallery hosts an exhibition of Irakli Parjiani’s (1950 - 1991) works together with Niko Pirosmani’s (1862 - 1918) paintings. Presenting the works of two great artists in one exhibition space offers viewers the opportunity to dive into the compelling context of 20th century Georgian art.



Guga-Kot Gallery presented Levan Manjavidze's (1977) solo exhibition, which showcases 13 of the artist’s major works. The pieces on display at the exhibition included the series “Old Children," each one of which reflects a particular planet and its uniqueness in our solar system.