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16/02/2024

Glimpse in Gallery - When I was born, I decided to live

#Glimpseingallery - Sophia Cherkezishvili’s (1971) solo exhibition entitled - “When I was born, I decided to live” is on display at ATINATI’S cultural center till 15th March. The majority of the author’s creative works are painted on expansive canvases using vivid, expressive colors. She repeatedly portrays the same character in her art. All of her pieces depict the same image of a woman; but the context, emotions, and expressions vary. In order to achieve this, the author sometimes inscribes the title of the picture directly onto the canvas, occasionally using Georgian script. “Why women? Today I am expressing my emotions through them. What am I creating? I observe, listen, and communicate with those around me. I’m interested in both real and non-existent places.” S. Ch. Sophia Cherkezishvili (born 1971) is a Georgian artist. She graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, and continued her studies in Holland. She is currently engaged in teaching activities. She regularly takes part in both local and international exhibitions. All exhibited works are part of the ATINATI collection. Host of the exhibition ATINATI’S cultural center

16/02/2024

VERA PAGAVA

Artist in focus • Vera Pagava / ვერა ფაღავა (1907,Tbilisi – 1988,Paris) was a Georgian painter, graphic artist, decorator and monumentalist who was an important representative of French art in the 1960s and 1970s. The focus of Pagava’s observation is often directed not so much towards an object, but the transparency of glass and liquid; Exaggerated shadows are also a mixture of light. As a whole, colorful sections create a harmonious rhythm and inner dynamics of the composition. Vera Pagava often placed very few geometric figures of different colors on a picture plane. These abstractions present the author as a poetically-minded, highly sophisticated master. In 1966 she represented France at the 33rd Venice Biennale. In 1986 Vera Pagava created stained glass windows and the interior design of the St. Joseph Church in Dijon. Music performed by Ucnobi and Nato Metonidze based on Ishkhneli sisters’s composition “Ar Daijereb” Special thanks for contribution: AC/VP - Association culturelle Vera Pagava TBC Concept Marjanishvili #75hardchallenge

16/02/2024

Jews in Georgia

Jews have been residing in Georgia since ancient times. In Late Antiquity, Mtskheta, the Iberian capital, was home to a significant Jewish community. Jews lived in Tbilisi, Kutaisi, Akhaltsikhe, Tskhinvali, and many other towns and cities during the Middle Ages. First synagogue was built in 1877. Following the conquest of Georgia by the Russian Empire, Ashkenazis, i.e. Jews of German-Polish origin, moved to Georgia. They built a synagogue of their own. Nowadays, the Museum of the History of the Jews of Georgia is housed within it. The great Georgian poem “The Knight in the Panther’s Skin” has been translated into many languages. The Georgian Jew Gaponov translated it into Hebrew. In 1969, Gaponov’s translation of the poem featuring Tavakarashvili’s miniatures was published in Jerusalem. Shalom Koboshvili and David Gvelesiani were the most prominent Jewish artists in Georgia. Music by Enrico Macias & Charles Aznavour - Hava Naguila

16/02/2024

MERAB GUGUNASHVILI

Artist in focus • Merab Gugunashvili (მერაბ გუგუნაშვილი, 1990) was born in Tbilisi, Georgia. He studied at Tbilisi State Academy of Art (TSAA), graduated from the faculty of Design with a master’s degree in Artistic Ceramic. He works in different mediums: ceramics, textiles, painting and installation. His main themes include social stereotypes, gender, identity and sexuality. 4710 was the host of the two solo shows of Merab Gugunashvili.

16/02/2024

Glimpse in Gallery - A PORTAL TO THE UNIVERSE

#Glimpseingallery - Ilia Balavadze’s (1968) show entitled - A PORTAL TO THE UNIVERSE showcasing a small fraction of the works in the course of the past five years. Still, this exposition makes it easy to appreciate the diversity of the artist’s creative quests, interests, artistic images, and plots. A universe diverse and colorful, with myriad attitudes, colors, characters, and meanings. The works by artist Ilia Balavadze are dissimilar enough to mislead even a practiced eye to question their ownership by one author. The stories told in series draw on concrete inspirations that remain with the artist until they exhaust themselves. One is followed by another, and then another, and this is how the artist’s numerous series are created, infinite in terms of style, type, or quantity. “Sometimes a theme may arise inside me, and I am unable to match it with a medium. I pause, wait, knowing that, after a while, a new or temporarily forgotten technique will reawaken this theme, and that’s when I resume working.” - Ilia Balavadze Ilia Balavadze graduated from Tbilisi Apolon Kutateladze State Academy of Art in 1994. Until 2015, he was engaged in church painting. Since 2015, he has been working in secular art, having taken part in numerous group and solo exhibitions and projects. Host of the exhibition: Novo Gallery

16/02/2024

TSALENJIKHA CHURCH

TSALENJIKHA church of the Savior was built in the middle or second half of the twelfth century. It is located near the town of Tsalenjikha in the historic province of Samegrelo. The church has a cross-in-square plan, with a dome resting on the corners of the apse walls to the east and two octagonal piers to the west. In the late fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries, a three-arched porch was added to the west of the church, and galleries were added to the north and south. These galleries were later divided into several private chapels. The church in Tsalenjikha is well-known for its murals, which were painted by Manuel Eugenikos – a notable representative of late Byzantine art. The wall paintings were executed by order of Prince Vameq I Dadiani (1384-1396). Music by: Mariam Bigvava and Abkhaz State Song Ensemble Shavnabada.

16/02/2024

HAPPY NEW 2024 YEAR!

Happy New 2024 Year! “Alilo” performed by Shavnabada for ATINATI

16/02/2024

GLIMPSE IN GALLERY - DIALOGUE

#Glimpseingallery - “Dialogue” is the name of the exhibition that presents the works of Sergo Chakhoiants (1926–2009) and Ushangi Khumarashvili (1948–2023). The exhibition is meant to represent a kind of dialogue between the two artists. Abstract artworks dating from different periods are on display at ATINATI’s cultural center. Viewers will detect certain similarities between the two, despite the differences in their styles of execution and attitudes. Sergo Chakhoiants and Ushangi Khumarashvili both helped to create an era in which abstract art became one of the primary languages of expression. Independently, they each conveyed not only their personal perspectives on the world, but also summed up the essence of the era during which they thrived. All the works presented at the exhibition are preserved in the private collection of ATINATI. Host of the exhibition: ATINATI’S Cultural Center

16/02/2024

Europalia - Georgia: A Story of Encounters

Europalia exhibition - “Georgia: A Story of Encounters”. In the framework of Europalia Georgia, the Art & History Museum will host Georgia: A Story of Encounters, a heritage exhibition focusing on the culture, history and art of Georgia since the Neolithic period. At the crossroads of East and West, traversed by trade routes linked to the Silk Roads, and always the object of ambition of the great powers surrounding it, Georgia has been a place of encounters and exchanges from which it has drawn cultural nourishment. The result is a heritage of unparalleled richness. Wine has been produced in Georgia for at least 8000 years. It accompanies a ritualized art of dining with refined cuisine, an integral part of the country’s heritage. Metalwork – gold and bronze – will also play a central role. From the Bronze Age onwards, Georgian metalworkers produced pieces of unprecedented delicacy and sumptuousness. The myth of the Golden Fleece has its roots in Georgia: the region was known to the Greeks for its wealth in gold. A Christian country since the 4th century, Georgia struggled to assert itself in the midst of the great powers around it. It succeeded brilliantly between the 11th and 13th centuries, the golden age of Georgian unification, which shone economically and culturally throughout the Middle East under the reign of its emblematic sovereign, Queen Tamar. From 4 October 2023, a comprehensive programme, teeming with exhibitions, performances, concerts, films, dance shows, theater pieces and literary encounters, rolled-out across Belgium. Curators: Prof. Bernard Coulie and Prof. Nino Simonishvili, in collaboration with Europalia. 27.10.2023 – 18.02.2024 Music credits: Ensemble Shavnabada • შავნაბადა - ქარი გიმღერის ნანასა/საქართველო ლამაზო

18/12/2023

LEVAN KHARANAULI

Artist in focus - Levan Kharanauli (ლევან ხარანაული, 1963) is a Georgian artist. Levan Kharanauli’s artistic vision is both very personal and national at the same time. He stands firmly on his own soil, heritage, traditions, and reality around him. With simple objects such as tea-cups or children's shoes, he creates icons of his family’s everyday environment and family history. He finds plenty of inspiration in his homeland. Currently he lives and works in Tianeti. Levan Kharanauli graduated from the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts in 1986. Since 1983 the artist has been participating in various group and solo exhibitions in both Georgia and abroad. Levan Kharanauli also designs books. The majority of Levan Kharanauli’s works are held in private collections in Georgia and abroad. Music credit: Alexandre Kharanauli

12/12/2023

OTAR CHKHARTISHVILI

Otar Chkhartishvili (ოთარ ჩხარტიშვილი, 1950) is a Georgian artist. His artworks, created with unusual materials or items, taken out of their usual context, undermined the unshakeable principles of social realism and academic dogmas. Otar Chkhartishvili’s quest pointed out the artist’s goal of finding an artistic method that expressed a modern mood rather than ideology. In this way, he remained steady and truthful until the very end. He devoted his life and art to the pursuit of self-renewal. “From the late 1960s to the 1990s, I bore the cross of the anti-Soviet artist, and that’s why my art became a weapon against totalitarianism and atheism…” – wrote the artist in his autobiography. The conceptual series “Four Seasons: My Yard” (1980–1998) is a highlight of his body of work. When the focus shifts from the aesthetic to the concept, an anti-formalist approach appears for the first time in Georgian art. Otar Chkhartishvili’s artworks are kept in museums and private collections, including the Georgian National Museum and the Zimmerli Art Museum (New Jersey, USA). In 2016, two paintings by Otar Chkhartishvili, “On the Roof” and “Sukhumi,” were sold for auction at Sotheby’s. The exhibition Art Inspired by Freedom, which marks the anniversary of Otar Chkhartishvili’s 85th birthday, is divided into two sections: “Four Seasons. My Yard” and “New Realism.” The exhibition featured up to 60 works by the artist, including paintings, collages, assemblages, and objects created between 1967 and 2002, from the Georgian National Museum and the artist’s family collections. Host of the exhibition Georgian National Museum Curated by Alexandra Matsatso Gabunia and co-curated by Nino Asanidze

12/12/2023

GEORGIAN HEROES - SANDRO AKHMETELI

Sandro Akhmeteli (სანდრო ახმეტელი, 1886-1937) was a Georgian theater director and one of the founders of modern Georgian theater. His innovative conceptions creating mass scenes profoundly influenced the evolution of Georgian theater. His creativity was distinguished by the fact that he created the so-called “Georgian character” on the stage. He is also the author of the most important essay in Georgian theater history “Is the Georgian theater Georgian?”. Sandro Akhmeteli directed, from 1926 to 1935, the Rustaveli Theater in Tbilisi, Georgia and transformed it into one of the most successful troupes in the Soviet Union. Sandro Akhmeteli established Georgian artists cooperation “Duruji”.

24/11/2023

ERTATSMINDA

ERTATSMINDA - The architecture of Ertatsminda Church dates from the mid-thirteenth century. It is built of large carefully hewn blocks of yellow sandstone. The building has an inscribed-cross plan, with its dome resting on the corners of the apse wall projections to the east and two piers to the west. Pendentives serve to transition from the square central bay to the circular base of the dome. The Church of St. Eustace stands in the middle of the village of Ertatsminda, within a large courtyard that is encircled by a stone wall. The toponym Ertatsminda derives from Estatetsminda, which in Georgian means St. Eustace. The exterior of the church is richly decorated. All four façades feature framed double windows with large crosses between them, all of which are adorned with stone-carved ornaments.

24/11/2023

GLIMPSE IN GALLERY - EKATERINE TOTLADZE

#Glimpseingallery - Ekaterine Totladze (2001) is a student, who won ATINATI’S award. “WHITE NOISE” is the title of her first personal exhibition. The talented artist dedicated four months to crafting the captivating series, “WHITE NOISE” exclusively for this show. Ekaterine Totladze’s new series focuses on the observation of an individual, elevating the subject to an object of scrutiny. A separate wall in the show is dedicated to displaying the artist’s early work. This particular canvas played a pivotal role in determining the contestant’s fate and garnered unanimous approval from the jury. Consequently, the wall housing this significant piece carries a metaphorical load, symbolizing the journey from the victory to the realization of the solo exhibition. The ATINATI Foundation instituted a prize for students at A. Kutateladze Tbilisi State Academy of Arts. Fourth-year fine arts students had the opportunity to enter the open competition by registering within a month. Through a selection process conducted behind closed doors, a panel comprising both local and international jury members identified the top six students. The contestants presented their artworks to a diverse audience in the exhibition hall of the Academy of Arts. Among them, Ekaterine Totladze emerged as the winner. Following the award conditions, the artist received a prize of €5,000. This occasion is marked by the hosting of her personal exhibition at the ATINATI Culture Center.

24/11/2023

EUROPALIA 2023

EUROPALIA 2023 - This autumn, Europalia dedicates an arts festival to Georgia! The starting point for this edition is the country’s fascinating culture and the art scene of its bustling capital, Tbilisi, alongside that of lesser-known cities and regions. Starting 4 October 2023, visitors can enjoy a rich programme of exhibitions, performances, concerts, film, dance and theatre productions and literature across Belgium. Europalia, as a major international art festival, was founded in 1969, initially the goal of the festival was to bring the art and culture of European countries to Belgium, the heart of Europe. Europalia is an immensely important festival from a cultural point of view, as it promotes intercultural and intergenerational exchanges, as well as research, reflection and creativity. Festival is held once every two years to celebrate the cultural heritage of one of the invited countries. The festival’s opening exhibition was, The Avant-Garde in Georgia (1900-1936) at Bozar (Brussels). In the 1910s and 1920s, an artistic scene blossomed in Georgia, centered on taverns and cafes opened and decorated by artists from different backgrounds. These artists blended Georgian traditions with elements from the East and West in a unique art that fell into oblivion due to the repression and censorship of the Soviet regime. The exhibition brings together paintings, drawings, film, photography, poetry and costume and theater designs from this artistic laboratory and gives a voice to these artists, many of whom were persecuted during the Soviet era. Duration of the exhibition: 04.10.2023 – 14.01.2024 Music credits: Anthem of the European Union, Revaz Lagidze “Kuri ugde Sakartvelos” Host of the exhibition: BOZAR, Brussels