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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.



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).



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



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