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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.



The building of the former Ministry of Highway Construction in Georgia, which is currently the @bankofgeorgia Headquarters. Architect Giorgi Chakhava was appointed to the post of Deputy Minister of Highways in 1969, and served as both the customer and executor of the project. He chose the site himself, with the intention of making the building prominent and noticeable to people as they were entering and leaving the city. Today, this building serves as an advertisement for Georgia on the world map of twentieth-century architecture. Architects: Giorgi Chakhava, Zurab Jalaghania Designers: Alexander Kimberg, Teimuraz Tkhilava Design Institute: “Gipropromselstroy” until 1970, later the 3rd architectural studio of Tbilzniyep Project development period: 1967-1970 Building construction period: 1972-1975



Artist in focus - Giorgi Khaniashvili (1982) is a visual artist and sculptor. He is a versatile contemporary artist, both in terms of form and material. Despite his painterly education, the artist mainly produces three-dimensional wooden works, as well as ceramic reliefs. He works in series. The main motifs of Khaniashvili's works focus on the issues of religion and the legacy of the post Soviet era. The artist’s works are preserved in the Public Collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow (MOCAK). He has participated in group exhibitions in Poland, Slovenia, and Georgia (the Dimitri Shevardnadze National Gallery, Tbilisi).



he Temple of the Iverian All Holy Mother of God Icon in Samegrelo, Zugdidi. This cathedral is an outstanding example of modern church architecture. The building is located in the center of Zugdidi. Construction began in 2009 with the blessing of the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, Ilia II, and continues to this day. Not one of the ornaments adorning the temple’s facade is repeated. Mosaics will be created to decorate the interior. In addition, a complex is also being built that is to become a center of religious and cultural education. Archil Mindiashvili is the chief architect of the cathedral. As a result of its architectural and spiritual significance, the All-Holy Mother of God Cathedral of Iveria will become one of the principal monuments in Georgia’s cultural heritage.



Roland Shalamberidze’s retrospective exhibition showcases his creative path. His art has developed in different directions: the fine arts, music, performance art, literature, and video art. Roland Shalamberidze was born in 1958 in Kutaisi, Georgia. In 1982, he and Merab Amaglobeli founded the non-conformist creative group of artists and poets “White Wings” in Kutaisi. Shalamberidze has lived and worked in St. Petersburg since 1988. He works as an abstractionist, a conceptual artist, a performance artist, an installation artist, and a sound and video artist. From 1996 to 2001 he lived in Germany, and then in New York. In 2002 he returned to St. Petersburg. It is worth mentioning that the artist creates his own musical instruments. Shalamberidze is founder of the UPPERGROUND movement, and his works are exhibited in various museums throughout the world. He currently works at the St. Petersburg Art Center “Pushkinskaya-10” and at his own workshop in Tbilisi. The exhibition is curated by Khvicha Doghonadze. D. Shevardnadze National Gallery



In the group exhibition titled „Moon Necklace“ features five artists from different generations and showcases their recent works in a variety of mediums. "Moon Necklece" responds to a new order of the world, that has changed dramatically. The exhibition presents both figurative and abstract works and only blurs the line between the last surreal and the real as a metaphorical form of loss. Participating artists: Leila Shelia, Nino Kvrivishvili, Salome Chigilashvili, Tornike Robaqidze, Theimuraz Eristavi Gallery 4710



Artist in focus • Gogi Chagelishvili (Chagela) born in 1945, Tbilisi, Georgia. Gogi Chagelishvili creates artworks in a variety of genres and styles, including portraits, landscapes, still lives, multi-figure scenes, and abstraction, amongst others. Each painting has its own dramaturgy, which is not unexpected given that the artist is also the author of several literary works (in 2015, Gogi Chagelishvili became laureate of the literary prize "Saba"). Chagelishvili's compositions are frequently horizontally extended and have a panoramic character. They also bring to mind cinematic shots. The artist's large-scale private exhibition entitled “From sots art to now” was held at the Georgian National Museum. Curator - Maka Bejuashvili Co-curator - Leila kiknadze



Kvatakhevi Monastery is located in the province of Shida Kartli, deep in the Kavtura River Gorge. The main church of the monastery, which is dedicated to the Mother of God, was built around 1200 and is considered to represent one of the best examples of Georgian architecture from the Epoch of Queen Tamar.



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



hitakhevi Monastery, which is popularly known as the Green Monastery, is located 15 km from the spa town of Borjomi. Its foundation is associated with two disciples of the great spiritual leader St. Gregory of Khandzta, Theodore and Christophore, and their arrival in the Borjomi Gorge (historical province of Tori) in the 830s. The monks established two monasteries: in Nedzvi and Kviriketsminda. These foundations soon grew into branches, one of which was situated in Chitakhevi.



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