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Museum Fest Daniel Sperh - Photo Exhibition ,,1993'


Georgian National Museum in the framework of Museum Festival presents the photo exhibition “1993” of Swiss artist – Daniel Spehr at Tbilisi History Museum.
Daniel Spehr was in Tbilisi in 1993 within the International Exchange Atelier - "IAAB”. The exhibition will showcase the photo-shoots taken during artists stay in Georgia, reflecting the political, social and cultural reality of Georgia in the 1990s. Daniel Spehr, with help of the documentary photo chronicles tried to express the complicated, contradictory but at the same time historical reality full of findings.
The exhibition will also present the video work of an artist. During 1994-2006 Daniel Spehr was a member of a coma-photography studio union in Basel; in 2006, he founded his own photography studio for documenting and reproduction in Basel.
The exhibition is being implemented within the project "Contemporary Art Gallery".
The opening of the exhibition: May 16, 2019 | 18:30
Duration: May 16 – June 10, 2019
Venue: I. Grishashvili Tbilisi History Museum (Karvasla), 8, Sioni Str. Tbilisi, Georgia

Vakho Bugadze Exhibition ,,Zero'


Georgian National Museum presents solo exhibition “Zero” by Georgian artist Vakho Bugadze at Dimitri Shevardnadze National Gallery.
“The process of painting from September 2017 till May 2019 was based entirely on the unpredictable. These unforeseen contingencies were preconditioned by the method and the paints (watercolors) applied in the process. It was impossible to see the result as soon as I finished work. Only the next day I was able to observe the picture thoroughly. I didn’t know how it would dry in twenty-four hours, what surprises the water applied lavishly in paints would offer. In a way, my state resembled the state of a person who is looking forward to an important telephone call in the morning... Every other day started with the same expectation, and from the same point – zero” – Vakho Bugadze.
Exhibition opening: June 4 | 19:00
Duration: June 4 – July 4, 2019
Venue: Dimitri Shevardnadze National Gallery, 11, Shota Rustaveli Ave, Tbilisi, Georgia

John Riepenhoff - Handler

01.06.2019-25.08.2019 Project ArtBeat gallery and TBC Status are pleased to present an exhibition of John Riepenhoff, prominent American painter and 9 Georgian artists of different generations, Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili, Levan Chogoshvili, Mamuka Japharidze, Tamo Jugeli, Nino Kvrivishvili, Sergei Parajanov (presented by Gamrekeli gallery, from Khatuna Melikishvili’s private collection), Ninutsa Shatberashvili, Leila Shelia and Zura Tsofurashvili (presented by Center for Contemporary Arts Georgia), who have been invited by the artist to collaborate with him on the exhibition. Riepenhoff whose artistic and curatorial practice’s main focus is creating a platform to show work by others and collaborating will be exhibiting his Handler series for the first time in Georgia.

Handler series act as illusionary sculptural easels that hold other artists’ work. They use the form of the lower half of Riepenhoff's body as portrait of the unseen support of art handlers, gallerists, patrons, friends, family, and employees of institutions. This project is the embodiment of the support structure for artists and the presence of the artist/curator occupying the role of both. The Handler series uses sculpture as a platform to promote and reframe artwork, exposes the unseen supports built into art systems, suggests a visual metaphor for transport and object circulation, and critically refocuses the values of production and authorship.

Immagica. A journey into beauty


From May 31, Georgian National Museum presents a multimedia technology exhibition "IMMAGICA. A journey into beauty" at Simon Janashia Museum of Georgia.
IMMAGICA is an impressive journey within time, which introduces us to Italian paintings between XIV-XIX centuries. It is a combination of voice, lighting, immersive visual and multimedia; discovery of art using the most modern technologies; a new tool for receiving impressions and widen knowledge; easily understandable and accessible for everyone and at the same time thoroughly precise language from the science point of view.
With the help of the screen projection, visitors will have a chance to take a look at the following artists’ artworks: Giotto – “Ognissanti Madonna” and the “Scrovegni Chapel”, Leonardo da Vinci – “Annunciation”, Botticelli – “The Birth of Venus” and “Spring”, Raffaello – “The Madonna of the Goldfinch, Bellotto – “Piazza San Marco”, “Castello Sforzesco”, Canaletto – “The Chapel of Eton College”, Canova – “Amor e Psyche” and “The Graces”.
A new educational platform, specially designed for this project makes it possible to view the details of the works using the touch screens; VR technologies are involved in the exhibition – visitors will find out the scenes on Canaletto’s and Bellotto’s works. The exhibition is also distinguished as visitors will be able to get information about the works from the headphones with the accompanying music.
The idea of the exhibition emerged in cooperation with Georgian National Museum and National Research Council of Italy, as a result of the seminars cycle organized by the Italian Embassy, that was dedicated to the use of the latest technologies and innovative systems in the field of cultural heritage protection. Multimedia exposition created by leading technologies is the result of joint work of three Italian companies working in the cultural heritage promotion field: The idea and implementation of the virtual route belong to Cose Belle d’Italia Media Entertainment, a platform created by Centrica, curator of the virtual reality space is – ETT. The exhibition is being organized by the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture, and Sport of Georgia.
Exhibition duration: May 31 – August 31, 2019
Venue: Simon Janashia Museum of Georgia, 3, Shota Rustaveli Ave. Tbilisi, Georgia.

The exhibition "Summarizing cities. European Squares and Their Histories"


Georgian National Museum presents the exhibition "Summarizing cities. European Squares and Their Histories" at Tbilisi History Museum.
The exhibition "Summarizing cities. European Squares and Their Histories"proposes a change of perspective regarding European urban squares. This might seem bold statement, but it should be understood literally first of all. Taken with a professional drone, the photographs of the exhibition show from the air the squares of a number of historical European cities. Famous squares in well known capitals, from the geographical edges of Europe. There are numerous studies, documentaries, and exhibitions about individual squares, there have been few attempts at offering a broad, continental perspective.
The urban square is, quintessentially, a European historical and architectural phenomenon. The exhibition has a double side: architectural, but also anthropological, because the square is understood as a living place of the European city, a space which brings together both the community and the history of the city. A space which is not only defined by the buildings that border it, but which is also understood as being made of buildings and people, of buildings and their story, all of which contributes to the cultural identity of a certain place. A space where buildings are contained, for the square is more than architecture.
The project is supported by the Georgian National Museum, Embassy of Romania in Georgia, The Order of Architects in Romania - OAR and Romanian Presidency of the Council of The European Union and is implemented in several European cities.
Cătălin D. Constantin is a book publisher and teaches ethnology and anthropology at the Faculty of Letters, the University of Bucharest. He has coordinated a number of literature collections and has edited many photography books dedicated to Romanian cultural heritage. He has organized several photography exhibitions, both in Romania and abroad.
Exhibition Opening: May 28 | 17:30
Duration: May 28 - June 10, 2019
Venue: I. Grishashvili Tbilisi History Museum (Karvasla), 8, Sioni Str. Tbilisi, Georgia

Gemma - multimedia art project

23.05.2019-07.06.2019 TBC and David Kakabadze Foundation present multimedia art project GAMMA. The presentation of the project will be held at TBC Art Gallery, on May 23rd.

GAMMA is a spatial-specific audiovisual installation, which studies human and light interaction in digital media. Architecture of the installation is based on connections of light and darkness, where borders between technically produced light and the user disappears.

Exhibition is dedicated to David Kakabadze – pioneering Georgian artist, scientist, inventor and one of the founders of Georgian modernism. Kakabadze initiated numerous artistic and scientific projects in Georgia and France. He worked on electro-technical experiments, creating a stereo-cinematic apparatus and refining the means of expressions in cinema. Electronic illumination and rays of light held a primary place in these experiments. His outlook combined tradition and new information into a single context.

Marking the 130th anniversary of Kakabadze’s birth, based on extensive analysis of the his archives, artists Nikoloz Kapanadze, Mariam Akulashvili and Dimitri Shubitidze have created a work, which is an imminent continuation of his research.

Dimitri Shubitidze, one of the creators of the project will play for the opening of an exhibition.

The exhibition is open from 12pm to 8 pm Monday through Friday;
from 12pm to 2 pm on Saturday
Closed on Sunday

Tbilisi Art Fair


The 2nd edition of #taf will take place on May 17-19!
TAF will showcase Georgian and international galleries, independent artists, curated exhibitions, performances, workshops, artists and professional talks, and many other events within the modernist pavilions of ExpoGeorgia and across the city of Tbilisi.
TAF is a unique occasion to discover within a friendly format, emerging art scenes from the Caucasus, Eastern, and Central Europe and the Middle East! Discover TAF, discover contemporary art!
Exhibition Center Expogeorgia,118 Tsereteli Ave
contact: 0322 34 11 00

Oxygen Flow

16.05.2019-25.05.2019 In the frames of Oxygen Tbilisi No Fair, Dédicace Gallery presents site- and context-specific pavilion, encompassing the works of three artists with different visions and style.
Every place has its own story and life cycle, by the end of which some of them reincarnate… transform. This is what happened with Stamba, located at Kostava Street 14. Once the building belonged to a publishing house, now it hosts a hotel, café and cultural multiplex.
“Oxygen” is the motto of the exhibition and the word “Rust” which derives from it (in Georgian), turned out to be a code for Dédicace Gallery’s curatorial approach, further translated into an aesthetic and conceptual interpretations of the presented works.
Rigid and conflicting interventions of Manuchar Okrostsvaridze’s and Zura Apkhazi’s monumental objects act as a metaphor of irrelevance of the old and inability to give birth to the new. At first glance, these works seem to be breaking the laws of physics, but this is a provocation of synesthetic games: simulating a conflict between the levitating people and the rigid environment they live in.
The phenomenon of trace as the personification of the past extends to Koka Ramishvili’s work. Ready-made - “Sakartvelo” represents the cover of the namesake newspaper, published on January 11, 1992. Acting as the requiem of the harshest periods of the recent history of Georgia, it revives the historical past of the space, where you are present (much better than it seems from the first glance). Opening: May 16th, 19:00
Address: 14 Kostava str, Tbilisi, Stamba Hotel
The exhibition will last till May 26th

The Present ("Superhumans" trilogy)


ERTI Gallery is pleased to present the epic second solo exhibition PRESENT from the multi media trilogy Super Human by Georgian artist Uta P. Bekaia. The project which transforms the whole gallery space into an artistic envirement interwinds video, sound, art objects, probs, costumes of different characters of the videos and embroidery works which distill the images from the videos. His works explore connections in general figures of representation, as well as – themes of conflict and failure, love, glory, repression, icons and taboos.
Uta P. Bekaia is a master of masquerade and spectacular production. Throughout his career he has simultaneously designed fashion, created dramatic fashion shows and artistic performances in New York. And yet his characters - he personified all of them - do not represent actual personalities. Instead they paraphrase social and cultural stereotypes with the aim of deconstructing them through the prism of mythology, cinema, classical painting, or advertising. Since Uta Bekaia not only refers to general types in his characters, but also to heroes in comics or landscape sequences as well as music of his childhood - the artist creates a profound and sensible cultural archive of memories and human conditions of the Georgian past and political present Curator: Heike Fulbruegge project partner:SOLO Ingorokva str N19 557 73 55 99

Rita Khachaturyan - "Batonebi"

Gallery "Vanda" cordially invites you to Rita Khachaturyan's Solo Show "Batonebi" (Lords)
“Once as a child, when I was strolling through the village forest, I came across a raspberry bush covered in red ribbons, upon which was set a table full of toys and sweets. Grandma explained to me that this was the “lord’s tree”.
According to folklore, the “lords” were supernatural creatures from ancient Georgian myths. They were children of Nana, the goddess of fertility; they were the spirits of unborn babies and childless families - little creatures with red ribbons woven in their hair, who would roam the land and cause illness in the homes they would temporarily reside in.
According to the old ones, the “lords” enjoyed their whims fulfilled without question, they loved sweets, songs, merriment and colorful flowers, and if the host family would provide it all, then they would leave satisfied, without causing any trouble.
According to one other tradition, those who would host the “lords”, had to perform a ritual to appease their capricious guests. The afflicted family would decorate a “lord’s tree” with colorful ribbons, set a table with sweets and toys and sing a hymn called “Batonebo” (an ancient polyphonic song dating to pagan era, which roughly translated means: “oh, lords!”) while playing on Phanduri (national string instrument). For the healing to occur, the hymn had to also be heard by those who were ill, and thus the ritual was called “passing on the lords”.
I’ve heard that, as a child, I too have been afflicted by the “lords”. It was, of course, just a regular infectious disease, devoid of any supernatural context. However, people to this day are reluctant to abandon this myth, which is not surprising since, the flow of ages does not change the human fear of inevitable death and the yearning to paint the unfortunate realities of life in magical fairytale colors.
The “lords” tradition is a playful game with death, a myth of an unending match between the creation and its creator, wherein there can be only one winner. As for me, seeing one of these decorated “lord’s trees” just a year ago has transported me to my childhood, to my first encounter with wonder. I was surprised at how, throughout all this time, the tradition has remained unchanged.” - Rita

The exhibition “Batonebi” gives us the opportunity to travel through mysterious and fairy world of Rita Khachaturyan. Opening: Friday, May 10, 7PM, the exhibition will last till MAY 30
Address: #14 Daniel Chonkadze street, Tbilisi, 0105
Tel: 032 293 42 86

Kolga Tbilisi Photo 2019


Georgian National Museum on May 5-12 hosts Kolga Tbilisi Photo 2019.
Graziano Arici - Tales of Venice
Opening: May 5 | 7 pm
Curator: Tina Shelhorn
Venue: I. Grishashvili Tbilisi History Museum (Karvasla), 8, Sioni Str. Tbilisi, Georgia
Vigen Vartanov - Immersion into the World of Images
Opening: May 5 | 7 pm
Venue: I. Grishashvili Tbilisi History Museum (Karvasla), 8, Sioni Str. Tbilisi, Georgia
Tales of Istalnds - Kate Mellor, Osamu James Nakagawa,Studio Marc Räder, Sanne De Wilde/ NOOR
Opening: May 5 | 7 pm
Curator: Tina Shelhorn
Venue: I. Grishashvili Tbilisi History Museum (Karvasla), 8, Sioni Str. Tbilisi, Georgia
Planet or Plastic?
Opening: May 8 | 7 pm
Ogranizer: National Geographic Magazine Georgia
Venue: S. Janashia Museum of Georgia, 3, Sh. Rustaveli Ave. Tbilisi, Georgia

Tabula Rasa - Gabriela von Habsburg 20 years in Georgia


Kunsthalle Tbilisi andGoethe-Institute Georgia are pleased to present Tabula Rasa, an exhibition of stainless steel sculptures by Gabriela Von Habsburg.
As well as a sculptor, Gabriela von Habsburg is a diplomat and was Georgia’s ambassador to Germany from 2009 to 2013. She is also a professor at Free University of Tbilisi. In her many roles, Von Habsburg has said her goal has been to raise the international profile of Georgia and its art scene. This exhibition marks 20 years of her involvement with the country.
On display in the courtyard of the Georgian National Museum, the show contextualizes her work with that of four students from the Visual Art, Architecture and Design School at the Free University of Tbilisi: Giorgi Geladze, Salome Chigilasvhili, Liza Tsindeliani and Giorgi Vardiashvili.
Tabula Rasa explores common ground between von Habsburg and the young artists. Title of the show refers to the freedom of context, the clean slate, Georgia provided for her. Twenty years ago when Georgia has been a place with its own distinct artistic identity, independent of the Western art scene, where she too could be free to create and exhibit without the pressure of influences back home. Similarly, the young Georgian artists in this show are starting from zero, without reference to their immediate predecessors, simply responding to their time and environment.
In addition to her work on show at the museum, Von Habsburg has three public sculptures on show in Georgia. Most notable is the revolving sculpture in front of the former presidential palace in the capital Tbilisi. Another is installed in the city’s central Mziuri Park. The third work is to be found in the Sculpture Park in the Black Sea port city of Poti.
Salome Chigilashvili is exhibiting a readymade sculpture with a sound installation. Lisa Tsindeliani’s steel sculpture echoes the surrounding space of the museum courtyard. Giorgi Vardiashvili has constructed a triumphal arch with scaffolding bars, veiling it with industrial fabric. Giorgi Geladze paints on the wrapping for construction materials and this serves as a backdrop for the exhibition.
Gabriela Von Habsburg’s work has recently been on show at the following locations: Museum Schloß Mochental, Museum Meiningen, Schlosspavillon Ismaning and Diözesan Museum Freising. Her work is also part of Biennale Internationale Donna in Triest, Italy.
Exhibition includes works by:
Giorgi Geladze
Salome Chigilashvili
Liza Tsindeliani
Giorgi Vardiashvili
Curated by: Irena Popiashvili
The exhibition is accompanied by catalogue with essays by Kimberly Bradley and Saul Anton.
The exhibition is supported by the Georgian National Museum.
Exhibition Opening: Saturday, May 4, 6-8pm
Exhibition duration: March 27 - May 27, 2019
Venue: Museum Courtyard, 3, Shota Rustaveli Ave., Tbilisi, Georgia.

Keti Davlianidze - spring in Abkhazia


Exhibition of paintings of KetiDavlianidze - "Spring in Abkhazia"
Hotel "Stamba" - 04.05.2019 - 11:00 am 23:00 pm

Supporter - "Vere Gallery"

The exposition "Abkhazia" will present:
Bichvinta - 400x230 canvas, acryl
Sukhumi Boulevard - 400x230 canvas, acryl
Lake Ritsa - 400x230 canvas, acryl
Gagripshi - 400x230 canvas, acryl

The performance,
which will be held in parallel with the exhibition, aims to awaken the forgotten emotions in us and help to overcome the indifference and apathy. One painting of Keti Davlianidze will stroll down the Rustaveli avenue. The exhibition will itself go to the viewer, reminding them the emotions which are long-forgotten or artificially suppressed. The reactions and emotions, caused by the encountering of the painting and the people passing-by, will be depicted on the video camera. A 3 minute video will be made out of the captured material. Recalling the forgotten memories, landscapes and emotions is the only affordable way for the paintress to return her "share" of Abkhazia.

Avtandil Gakhokidze - ,,Golden Eros'

-The Series of drawings by Avtandil Gakhokidze
The series focuses on art in general, its past and the present, the topics of classical art, Greek civilization and its theology, Apollo and the muses, Venus and the sea foam, Danae and Zeus who turned into the golden rain and of course, omnipotent Eros.

Avtandil Gakhokidze’s works take the private, intimate experiences as their themes, which provide numerous references in the history of art. However, this does not mean that at a certain moment they will not become the sources of inspiration for the others as well.

The series of naturalistic portraits emphasizes eroticism of artistic protagonists through the curves of a body, its nakedness, genitalia, androgen identity. Dramatic and extravagant character of the images are enhanced thanks to the decorative motifs of the background or their use as independent elements such as a carpet, flowers, leaves, leopard patterns, net of a golden rain.

Avtandil Gakhokidze’s controversial, somewhat provocative style where citations from the history of the western art intersect with the contemporary visual images makes him the representative of one of the most popular trends of the current days. Here we mean artistic experiments, which are defined by the processes of globalization and where the experiences of different contexts meet each other in artistic hybrids similar to the works of Yinka Shonibare or Kehinde Wiley. In the works of these artists creative forms are produced through a synthesis of the history of western art and African or Afro-American experiences that are determined by post-colonial criticism and accents of national identity. Avtandil Gakhokidze’s hybrids result from free manipulation of historically legalized models and academic experiences. The artist offers their deconstruction incorporating in the works the elements of kitsch and expressing the generalized forms as specific identities.

Khatuna Khabuliani, Art Historian, PhD, 2019

Exhibition opens: 17 of April, 19:00 PM
Adress: Atoneli Steet 27/Sanapiro str.4
The exhibition will last till 5th of May

Beso Kobakhidze and Aleko Esvanjia - ,,Boundary'


Georgian National Museum presents the exhibition of Beso Kobakhidze and Aleko Esvanjia - "Boundary" at Tbilisi History Museum.
The exhibition showcases works of two artists in the different media - painting, sculpture, graphics - an eternity of the creative thinking’s boundary is the main topic.
According to the authors' concept, art does not have time, borders, language, nationality, gender and only chain of emotion can transfer it from one to another. Thanks to the flexibility of modern art, the boundaries between art and the daily routine are eliminated. The object of authors is to observe where the boundary between daily life and creativity is. An artist constantly moves on the edge of “art madness”, crosses it or follows the road with set inertia.
The authors' desire is to help us see clearer boundaries, crossing points, and differences that unite their creativity. The exhibition openly demonstrates the diversity of modern artistic creations, a way that emotionally leads today's art.
Exhibition Opening: April 5, 2019 | 18:30 PM
Exhibition Duration: April 5-24, 2019
Address: Ioseb Grishashvili Tbilisi History Museum (Karvasla) Sioni Str. 8, Tbilisi, Georgia

Levan mosiashvili - ,,way to the freedom'

06.04.2019 - 30.06.2019

Georgian National Museum presents Levan Mosiashvili’s exhibition – “Way to the Freedom" at Sighnaghi Museum.
Levan Mosiashvili graduated from the Georgian Agricultural University, where he majored in Forestry. At the same time, he studied theatre direction. He was awarded a Candidate of Biological Sciences degree. It is already 20 years since painting has become his only profession even though Levan Mosiashvili has no academic art education. The artist feels a special affinity with all colors; he widely expresses himself and confesses his passion for mountains.
Levan Mosiashvili’s work can be divided into four distinct periods. The land of his ancestors, Kakheti became his first source of inspiration, and the daily life, joys and sorrows of Kakhetian peasants were the main topics of the period. The second period of his creativity is entirely dedicated to Tbilisi.
Levan Mosiashvili's life and work continued in France after the Georgian period, which changed the color and style of the caused his interest in cubism. For the last two years, he has been interested in “philosophical abstraction”, as he himself calls it. He considers it to be the pinnacle of his freedom of expression.
Levan Mosiashvili won many international competitions. His solo exhibitions were held in Lyon, Paris, Nice, Toulouse, Pérouges, Tournefeuille and Le Verdier. Levan Mosiashvili’s works are held in both private collections and art galleries all over the world: Georgia, France, Russia, USA, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Uruguay, Venezuela, Japan and etc.
The exhibition is being organized by the Georgian National Museum and French-Georgian Culture Association "La Georgie au center" with the support of Sighnaghi City Hall.

Venue: Sighnaghi Museum, 8, Shota Rustaveli Blind-alley, Sighnaghi, Georgia
*Attendance at the opening of the exhibition is free of charge.
◆ Working Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 10 am - 5:30 pm
Entrance Fees:
Adults - 5 GEL
Students - 1 GEL
School Children - 0,5 GEL
Friends of Museum - Free
Children under 6 - free
*You can also buy tickets online:
Free to: ICOM members, Friends of Museum, "Culture Card" owners, museum employees, people with limited abilities, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and socially unprotected persons.
Note: visitors receiving special benefits or free admission privileges should present relevant documents

Niko Pirosmanishvili`s Artworks at Art Museum of Estonia

23.03.2019 - 11.08.2019

After visiting the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen museum in Dusseldorf (K20-Kunstsammlung NRW), artworks of Niko Pirosmanishvili will be showcased at the Art Museum of Estonia (Mikkel Museum) under the name - Pirosmani: The World of a Lonely Genius.
Niko Pirosmanishvili's diptych "Ortachala Beauty" and "Still Life (Dosha)" from Georgian National Museum collections will be displayed at Mikkel Museum; also two artworks of the painter – "Feast of the Molokans" and "Fruit Tavern" will be exhibited at the Art Museum of Estonia from the Niko Pirosmanishvili State Museum (village Mirzaani) of the National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation Georgia;
The exhibition is supported by the National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation Georgia, Niko Pirosmanishvili State Museum (village Mirzaani), Georgian National Museum, Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia and Georgian embassy in Estonia.
Exhibition length: March 23 – August 11, 2019

Esoteric De Chirico.Traveler between two worlds

Date: 27 March 2019 – 27 May 2019

Georgian National Museum and Italian embassy in Georgia this time presents the founder of the Metaphysical painting – Giorgio de Chirico (1888-1978) at Dimitri Shevardnadze National Gallery from March 27.
De Chirico's metaphysical painting is considered as one of the greatest backgrounds of the surrealist movement. The structure of cities, the architecture of houses, squares, gardens, public walks, gateways, railway stations are expressed with the bright light, sharp shades, clear colors and feels like, he establishes the ideal of eternal forms. Artist's works often display the motifs of antique and renaissance.
Italian artist uses the principles of esotericism in his artworks and cannot resist the enigmatic content – he handled to add the secret meaning to the lifeless things, which is evident in his first metaphysical work "The Enigma of an Autumn Afternoon".
The exhibition “Esoteric De Chirico. Traveler between Two Worlds” will showcase fifteen artworks of Giorgio de Chirico between the following time period: 1920-1970. The exposition clearly represents that artist’s even the most “natural” artwork indicates to the surrealist world.
Italian Embassy in Georgia is the coordinator of Italian exhibitions in Georgia.
Displayed artworks
Exhibition duration: March 27 - May 27, 2019
Venue: Dimitri Shevardnadze National Gallery, Shota Rustaveli Ave. 11, Tbilisi, Georgia.

Exhibition "Cryptogram" by Tutu Kiladze

09 March 2019 - 12 April 2019

Georgian National Museum presents the retrospective exhibition "Cryptogram" by Tutu Kiladze at GNM, Tbilisi History Museum.
The exhibition showcases artworks with abstract forms, installations and collage techniques. This is the story, that tells authors internal and existential searches, which is shown publicly, but look like a pictogram.
The exhibition is divided into several parts - visitors will have an opportunity to look at the creative dynamics of the artist, and get acquainted with the artist's workshop and her personal space.
Artist's works are kept in private collections in Georgia and the United States.
Exhibition Opening: March 9 | 16:00
Exhibition duration: March 9 - April 12, 2019
Address: Ioseb Grishashvili Tbilisi History Museum (Karvasla), 8, Sioni Str. Tbilisi, Georgia

Artworks of Niko Pirosmanishvili at the “Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen”

10.11.2018 - 10.03.2019

The Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen museum in Dusseldorf, Germany hosts five artworks of Niko Pirosmanishvili.
The artists'works are presented as a part of the museum's Modernist exhibition "Museum Global - Microhistories of an Ex-centric Modernism".
The Kunstsammlung NRW displays two works from the collection of the Niko Pirosmanishvili State Museum (village Mirzaani) of the National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation Georgia - "Feast of the Molokans" and "Fruit Tavern". Additionally, from Georgian National Museum collections are exhibited Niko Pirosmanishvili's diptych "Ortachala Beauty" and "Still Life (Dosha)".
The Kunstsammlung NRW's exhibition comprises of works from the years 1910-1960. Displayed along with Niko Pirosmanishvili's are works by Picasso, Leger, Modigliani, Kandinsky, Chagall and others. The visitor will be acquainted with the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf, as well as the Museum's various exhibits from nine countries around the world.
Furthermore, the exhibition features Art Film "Pirosmani" by Giorgi Shengelaia's directed in 1969.
The exhibition is supported by the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia.


02.03.2019 – 01.06.2020

From March 2, Niko Pirosmanashvili's masterpieces from Georgian National Museum collection will be displayed at Vincent Van Gogh Foundation in Arles.
Visitors will have a chance to get acquainted with 29 works of Niko Pirosmani including "A Woman with Mug", "Margarita", "Giraffe" and others from the collection of GNM Shalva Amiranashvili Museum of Fine Arts.Vincent Van Gogh's paintings such as: "L'Arlésienne (Madame Ginoux)", "The Woodcutter (after Millet)", "Flying fox", "Shoes", "Path in Montmartre", "Sower with Setting Sun" performed during the 1884-1889 years are from the collections of Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam; Galleria nazionale d'Arte moderna e contemporanea, Rome and Foundation E.G Bührle Collection, Zürich.
The exhibition also features Ilia Zdanevich's handmade book, from Zdanevich foundation of Paris, titled "Pirosmaniashvili 1914". The book includes Pablo Picasso's engraving "Portrait of Pirosmani". The exposition covers works of the best contemporary artists of our time, inspired by the painter's masterpieces; among them is specially designed "Table of Pirosmani" dedicated to the memory of Pirosmaniashvili by famous Japanese architect Tadao Ando. Arles museum will also display artworks of Christina Forrer, Adrian Ghenie, Raphaela Vogel, Shirana Shahbazi, Yoshitomo Nara, Andro Wekua and Georg Baselitz.

Red Terror and Georgian Artists

Date: 11 Dec. 2018 – 01 March 2019

Georgian National Museum presents the exhibition "Red Terror and Georgian Artists" at GNM, Simon Janashia Museum of Georgia.
The exhibition "Red Terror and Georgian Artists" represents the creativity of repressed artists and the general atmosphere of 30-40's Georgian art.

The Exhibition will showcase artworks by Dimitri Shevardnadze, Petre Otskheli, Henryk Hryniewski, Richard Sommer, Kiril Zdanevich, Vasily Shukhaev, Elene Akhvlediani, Lado Gudiashvili, David Kakabadze, Ucha Japharidze, Aleksandre Bajbeuk-Melikov, Korneli Sanadze and more. It's noteworthy that Vakhtang Kotetishvili's sculptures will be exhibited for the first time. The exposition will also showcase documentary footages depicting 20-30's repressions.

Address: S. Janashia Museum of Georgia, 3 Shota Rustaveli Ave. Tbilisi, Georgia.

LEONARDO/high definition and full-scale paintings/

27 .02. 2019 – 29.03. 2019

Georgian National Museum joins the cycle of events dedicated to 500 years anniversary after death of Leonardo Da Vinci and invites visitors to the educational-multimedia project "Leonardo - Opera Omnia", where the digital reproductions of Leonardo's artworks will be exposed.
Visitors will have an opportunity to get acquainted by high-definition and full-scale digital reproductions of Leonardo da Vinci's 17 artworks together in one exhibition space at Simon Janashia Museum of Georgia.
Tbilisi will be the first place abroad after Italy to be presenting the following exposition, and then the project continues to travel in different countries of the world. Exhibition of Leonardo is designed and implemented by Rai.Com and represents the analog of Caravaggio's educational-multimedia project held at GNM, National Gallery in 2017. With help of the modern technologies, Opera Omnia (Incredible Exhibition) connects art and technology to the past and future.
Italian Embassy in Georgia is the coordinator of Italian exhibitions in Georgia. Above mentioned exhibition cycle is the result of close cooperation between different institutions of two countries: from the Italian side - the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; from Georgia - Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia, Tbilisi City Hall and Georgian National Museum.
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On the basis of preliminary registration, attendance for school groups will be free.

The Albertina Museum Hosts The Exhibition Of Niko Pirosmanashvili

26.10.2018 – 27.01.2019

The exhibition will feature 29 paintings from the collection of Georgian National Museum Shalva Amiranashvili Museum of Fine Arts. The handbook (Paris, 1972) titled "Pirosmaniashvili 1914" made by Ilia Zdanevich will be presented as well. The book contains the engraving portrait of Pirosmani by Pablo Picasso.
Within the framework of the project, the specially designed table dedicated to the memory of Pirosmaniashvili will be exposed for the first time. This table was created by famous Japanese architect Tadao Ando in a memory of 100 years after Pirosmanashvili's death.
It is noteworthy that within the exhibition, contemporary art space of Albertina Museum features homage works that are inspired with Pirosmani’s paintings and created by modern artists such as Adrian Ghenie, Georg Baselitz, Yoshimoto Nara and Andro Vekua.
The main objective of the exhibition is to introduce the artist's works and Georgian cultural heritage to the wide audience.

Grand masters from the georgian national museum collection XIX-XX Century

26.02.2019 - 29.02.2020

Dimitri Shevardnadze National Gallery presents the exhibition "Grand Masters from the Georgian National Museum Collection XIX – XX Century".
The exhibition showcases Georgian fine art of the 2nd half of 19th and the 1st half of 20th centuries. Artworks are preserved at Dimitri Shevardnadze National Gallery, Shalva Amiranashvili Museum of Fine Arts and Tbilisi History museums.
During the exhibition, visitors will have a chance to get acquainted with the cultural heritage of artists who built the XX century's fine art basement in Georgia. The following painters are Gigo Gabashvili, Mose Toidze, Valerian Sidamon-Eristavi, Alexander Tsimakuridze, Aleksandre Bazbeuk-Melikov, Dimitri Shevardnadze, Sergo Kobuladze, Irina Shtenberg, Mikheil Bilanishvili, Felix Varlamishvili and Tamar Abakelia.
Spectrum variety of XIX-XX fine arts makes obvious the diversity of Georgian artistic school, its correlation with European modern painting and at the same time strong national expression.
Above mentioned exhibition with other current expositions ("Permanent Exhibition at the National Gallery", "Masters of Georgian Art") gives the general overview to perceive the development of Georgian painting.
Address: Dimitri Shevardnadze National Gallery, 11 Shota Rustaveli Avenue.

the exhibition Evolution & Decadence


Georgian National Museum presents the exhibition Evolution & Decadence by Sandro Dalakishvili and Nina Pery at Tbilisi History Museum.
Multimedia exhibition Evolution & Decadence unites a sculptural installation, drawings, and graphical works. Shared worldview led the artists to focus on one of the most urgent topics of our time and discusses the problems of civilization and existential values of a modern human.

Nina Pery and Sandro Dalakishvili arrived in Georgia a couple of years ago. Their creative career started back in the 1990s after signing a contract with a gallery in Paris. It appeared that the following exhibition gave birth to artists future success.

Project consultant: Khatuna Khabuliani

Venue: Ioseb Grishashvili Tbilisi History Museum (Karvasla) 8, Sioni Str. Tbilisi, Georgia

Tato Akhalkatsishvili / The Velvet Sun

15.02.2019-05.05.2019 Tato Akhalkatsishvili's incessant research through his work is perpetually and deeply imbued with dreams whose aura influences over the present, in which the earth and its events transcend the limits of reality Ьу placing themselves in inscrutaЫe temporal systems. Akhalkatsishvili's work is mainly artistic, but his experimentation also embraces other layers as well; the exhibition '' Ve I v е t S u n '' а I s о с о n t а i n s -11 - m i n u t е v i d е о а п d t w о s i t е -s ре с i f i с i n s t а 11 а t i о n s .

The thread that joins all his works, and regardless of the expressive layer used Ьу the artist, remains constant and every re-research through а visual trip reaches something never fully attainaЫe, but revealing itself in its unattainability. Akhalkatsishvili aims to find that non-spatial point or that non-temporal moment, in which past and present meet each other and in which the psychological connections, together with our subconscious memory, are connected to the actions performed in the present or actions fulfilled everyday at the moment of choosing, having their roots in complicated hereditary things. Surely, such research is viscerally linked to the sociological and political dynamics that аге significant to the most recent history of Georgia and the post-Soviet countries and particularly, the relationship between these nations with ambiguous present and almost intangiЫe future. His attention focuses оп the way of life of the nations involved and оп the most extreme political dynamics in terms of regime. Curator: Domenico De Chirico ERTI gallery,ingorokva N19.tbilisi,georgia

Open Call for artists - The New Dictionary of Old Ideas

The New Dictionary of Old Ideas
Project organized by MeetFactory Prague in cooperation with The State Silk Museum in Tbilisi, Trafostacja Sztuki in Szczecinie, hablarenarte in Madrid.
The project is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
The leading theme of our project is Central Europe – a formation between East and West which in the course of centuries has changed its geographic as well as political dimensions many times. We want to respond to the current cultural and political situation – with the rise of nationalistic politics, populism, Euro-skepticism and anti-immigration attitudes in the Central Europe. This tendency can be observed not just locally but in the whole Europe. To go against it we proposed a tool to provide a better understanding of regional specifics – The New Dictionary of Old Ideas.

Open Call for artists
Artists based in Georgia are invited to apply for participation
We are looking for artists who are willing to work in the international context and with a capacity to carry out the idea of the exhibition that deals with Central European specifics.
It is necessary that she/he would be interested in working with politics and contemporary topics with a new and challenging approach.
Since the project is narrowed to regional identity issues we are seeking for someone who would be able to develop it into a more universal/general level that could be understandable also outside of Central Europe.
Interested applicants must send following information in English:
1) CV (max 2 pages) and motivation letter (max 1800 characters with spaces) in one PDF file
2)Portfolio in one PDF file
Please send both files to
Application deadline: January 31, 2019 / 18:00 GMT

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Solo exhibition by Felix Varlamishvili

Georgian National Museum presents Felix Varlamishvili (Varla) solo exhibition at the D. Shevardnadze National Gallery.
The wide audience will see more than 60 artworks of the author from Georgian National Museum and private collections for the first time.
Felix Varlamishvili (Varla) is a Georgian artist who immigrated to France in the 1920s. He was born in Kutaisi in 1903; graduated from the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts he moved to France in 1928. Throughout his whole life, he was actively participating in exhibitions and salons as in France, as well as in many other countries - Argentina, Belgium, Japan, USA and Iran. Felix Varlamishvili (Varla) died in 1986 in Paris. His resting place is at the Georgian cemetery in Leuville.

The presentation of Varla's album and the exhibition will be held on January 23, 2019 at 5 pm.
Address: Dimitri Shevardnadze National Gallery, 11, Rustaveli Ave. Tbilisi, Georgia.

Organizer of the event: Chardin Art Gallery and Georgian National Museum

Lia Bagrationi - "A Mad Tea-Party"

29.11.2018 Georgian National Museum in the framework of the Project “Contemporary Art Gallery” presents the solo exhibition of Lia Bagrationi “A Mad Tea-Party” at Tbilisi History Museum.
Lia Bagrationi's personal exhibition "A Mad Tea Party" is the exposition created by the artist's recent works in all three halls of the Tbilisi History Museum. The Exhibition represents completely new projects as well as older ones with more or less visual transformations.
Address: Ioseb Grishashvili Tbilisi History Museum (Karvasla) Sioni Str. 8, Tbilisi, Georgia

Ushangi Khumarashvili - "Ushangi Khuma 70"


Georgian National Museum presents the anniversary exhibition of Georgian artist Ushangi Khumarashvili at GNM, Dimitri Shevardnadze National Gallery.

Ushangi Khumarashvili's personal exhibition combines his earliest and latest works. With his retrospective exposition the artist desires to overcome new challenges and critique.
Address: Dimitri Shevardnadze National Gallery, 11, Sh. Rustaveli Ave. Tbilisi, Georgia

Masters of Georgian Art

Georgian National Museum at Dimitri Shevardnadze National Gallery presents the exhibition "Masters of Georgian Art".
Displayed paintings of Kirill Zdanevich, Shalva Kikodze, Ketevan Magalashvili and Elene Akhvlediani together with Lado Gudiashvili's and David Kakabadze's artworks, shows a comprehensive picture of diversity and aesthetics of Georgian Art.

Artists Union of Georgia