Artist in focus • Rusudan Gachechiladze (1936) is modernist sculptor and reformer of Georgian portrait sculpture. She is a member of the 1960s generation of artists. Rusudan Gachechiladze belongs to a small group of sculptors who chose an unbiased artistic path in both the Soviet and post-Soviet eras. Sculptor can present a portrait in a manner, regardless of the fact that he/she is a famous writer or a poet, that a viewer is caught by a desire to explore more about a model, to get better acquainted with a model’s personal adventure, in short, to communicate with the character. The series of gypsum portraits vividly show the influences of important moments in the history of fine art, be it portraits of the Middle Egyptian period with inlaid eyes, realistic busts of the Roman period of the Republic, or expressive Fayium iconography.
Artist in focus • Irakli Gamrekeli (1894 - 1943) was a Georgian theater and film painter, a futurist and constructivist artist, also one of the founders of Georgian stage design. Irakli Gamrekeli’s turning point occurred during one such exhibition, when Kote Marjanishvili noticed his illustrations of Oscar Wilde’s “Salome”, and invited the artist to the Rustaveli Theater. He also worked in film production, as well as the creation of decorations for the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theater. Irakli Gamrekeli formed an innovative tandem with reformist director Sandro Akhmeteli at the Rustaveli Theatre. Irakli Gamrekeli illustrated the only published edition of the Futurist magazine H2S04. Works are protected in Rustaveli Theatre, Kote Marjanishvili Theatre, Art Palace museum, Gamrekeli Gallery
#GlimpseinGallery - MOTUS. This exhibition brings together the works of three artists: Levan Kharanauli, Zeinab Barnovi, and Theo Moukhigouli. The showcased artworks, as is expressed in the event’s title (Latin: "MOTUS" meaning moving or moved), are independently linked to the notion of movement, through which the transformation of space-time relations, humankind, and the object itself becomes possible. Theo Mouxigouli’s series of mixed media objects "A Heart for Every Fate", conveys various visual forms from the artist's memory through dynamism, rhythmicity, comprehensive construction of the compositions, and the expressive movements embodied in the objects. The series of self-portraits by artist Levan Kharanauli consists of three works, in which the impact of events on an individual's life path can clearly be read. The self-portraits, which are connected with Levan Kharanauli's return to the creative process, reflect three stages of the artist's life (childhood, youth, and the present day) and are generally related to the path of personality change that brings about unexpected transformation in a person due to the power of circumstance. Artist Zeinab Barnovi created the project “Heroes Square1990-2022”, which visually describes one of the main areas of Tbilisi's urban development in the contexts of culture and architecture - the formation of Heroes Square - while at the same time chronicling individuals and society, their lives and daily routines, as well as the political events taking place around them. Host of the exhibition: Hermit space Curator of the exhibition: Salome Eristavi
‘An Ocean Standing’ is a group show by Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili, Kenneth Bergfeld, Bekhbaatar Enkhtur, Nina Kintsurashvili, Anna Zemánková The works presented in “An Ocean Standing” investigate seemingly paradoxical timescale that is both slowed down and intensified, prolonged and charged, organic and synthetic. In histories of performance, strategies of slowing down or stalling activity have been used to call attention to the time of the performance itself. While the artists featured here work with sculpture, painting, drawing and photography, they each address their chosen medium’s relationship to time through similar methods, bringing process and the timescale of making artwork into the room along the way. Michael Marder’s philosophical and existential writing about Clarice Lispector’s essay is the basis of the exhibition. Host of the exhibition Gallery: LC Queisser , Tbilisi
Artist in focus • Anton Balanchivadze (b. 1978) is a Georgian artist who graduated from Tbilisi State Academy of Arts, specializing in Painting and Graphic Arts. The artist creates a model of his universe, where dramatic elements are connected with the world of fantasy. His works are housed in private collections in the USA, Japan and Europe. Seen at the Bridge is a joint exhibition of works by father and son Balanchivadze, bringing together up to 60 paintings by Jarji Balanchivadze and more than 40 canvases by Anton Balanchivadze. Installations created especially for this project were also exhibited. The host of the exhibition is National Gallery
ARTIST IN RESIDENCY - group show presented by Ria Keburia Foundationunites five Georgian visual artists who have successfully completed a residency program in painting, sculpture and installation. Participant artists: Mari Aqubardia, Giorgi Vardiashvili, Lado Lomitashvili, Nika Koplatadze, Musya Qeburia. Curator Nino Asanidze
Artist in focus • Mariana Chkonia (b. 1969) is a Georgian artist living and working in Tbilisi and Nukriani – a village in Kakheti Region, Georgia. Based on traditional Georgian and South Caucasian fabric techniques such as dry and wet felting and the use of natural pigments, Chkonia’s work revives ancient traditions that have almost died out in Georgia, thus developing her own unique artistic language. Rooted in her architectural background, Chkonia’s work is spacious: assembling abstract geometrical forms into architectonic arrangements, while adding sculptural elements to the two-dimensional textile work. The Night of the Wolf-Headed King was the name of her solo show that was hosted by E.A. Shared Space. Based on a poem of the same title by experimental filmmaker, artist and poet Gogita Chkonia (1950-2009) her father, the exhibition brings together Chkonia’s recent body of work. which was especially produced for the occasion.
“Between two worlds” is the name of the exhibition by Rusudan Petviashvili and Dima Petviashvili. Rusudan Petviashvili (1968) is a Georgian artist. Her paintings were exhibited with his brother’s sculptures. Surreal characters are often depicted in Rusudan’s works, and they represent celestial bodies. She depicts a unified world in Indian ink or ink, then moves on to the narration of characters and their adventures; the line is continuous, and it is difficult to discern where she ends up in the knot of symbolic weaving. Exhibition is dedicated to Rusudan Petviashvili’s husband. Host of the exhibition Art Gallery Noblesse
#GlimpseinGallery - The Field of Unforgotten Memories is a group show by three Georgian artists – Tamar Nadiradze, Julieta Robakidze and Tornike Robaqidze. Tamar Nadiradze and Tornike Robakidze are young Georgian artists. They have taken part in several group exhibitions both locally and abroad. Their works are housed in private collections in Europe and the USA. Julieta Robakidze is a 94-year-old artist, and she began painting 7 months ago at the age of 94. She is Tornike Robakidze’s grandmother. This exhibition is presenting her artworks to the public for the first time. Host of the exhibition Gallery 4710
The Zimmerli Art Museum presents selections from the Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union. It is the first major exhibition in the United States that focuses on Georgian artists. It features more than 60 objects, primarily mixed media collages and works on paper, that were created from the 1960s through the 1990s. Otar Chkhartishvili, Amir Kakabadze, Levan Magalashvili, Sergei Parajanov and Avto Varazi are among the featured artists. Organized by Sopio Gagoshidze, a Dodge Fellow at the Zimmerli Art Museum and a PhD candidate in Art History at Rutgers University, in consultation with Jane A. Sharp, PhD, Professor and Research Curator for Soviet Nonconformist Art. The exhibition and brochure are made possible by the Avenir Foundation Endowment Fund and the Dodge Charitable Trust–Nancy Ruyle Dodge, Trustee. Music by Irakli Charkviani (1961-2006)
Artist in focus • Rita Khachaturian (born 1982) is a Georgian artist, whose new project Serengeti is a most attractive combination of tradition and innovation. For Rita Khachaturian, Serengeti is symbolic of the interaction and constant rotation between life and death. It is the endless field of life that people visit only temporarily before departing. Rita’s works are easily recognizable owing to her uncompromising style and due to the severity that was already obvious in her earlier series: Fear, Morphology, and Batonebi (Lords). The exhibition, which is curated by the Vanda Art Gallery is the culmination of almost three years of Rita’s work. The exhibition host: Dimitri Shevardnadze National Gallery
Rita Khachaturian (born 1982) is a Georgian artist, whose new project Serengeti is a most attractive combination of tradition and innovation. For Rita Khachaturian, Serengeti is symbolic of the interaction and constant rotation between life and death. It is the endless field of life that people visit only temporarily before departing. Rita’s works are easily recognizable owing to her uncompromising style and due to the severity that was already obvious in her earlier series: Fear, Morphology, and Batonebi (Lords). The exhibition, which is curated by the Vanda Art Gallery is the culmination of almost three years of Rita’s work. The exhibition host: Dimitri Shevardnadze National Gallery
Avto Varazi (1926-1977) was a Georgian artist. He graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at Georgian Technical University. In 1948, he enrolled on a doctoral program at the Institute of Art History in Tbilisi. For many years he worked as a designer of museum exhibitions. As a pioneer of the 1960s nonconformist movement, he explored the principles of early Western Modernism. Avto Varazi’s universe is easily recognizable with its emotiveness, distinctive vision, and unique compositional structure, and also for the prevailing melancholy of existential solitude. His works are kept at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Non-Conformist Art Collection of the Zimmerli Art Museum (USA), as well as at various museums in France and Greece and in private collections. “I remember how my first ever exhibition failed. I had chosen one of the works from my colored pencil drawings and hung it on the wall before the guests arrived. The visitors came and left without even noticing my work. I was heartbroken, and in doubt about whether I could draw at all. I was five years old at the time.” (A. Varazi, Memoirs) The host of the exhibition: Tsinandali Museum Music by Erekle Getsadze
Artist in focus • Giorgi Kobiashvili is a young artist whose paintings reflect the visions, world perceptions, and searches characteristic of the new generation. His pictures depict a technologically advanced dystopian universe with apocalyptic themes that is tense and mysterious, where time and space are conditional. This artist’s « voice » is already audible in the current of contemporary Georgian art, and it is manifested through personal ties with the history of painting, free variants of iconographic models, and escalating vitality.