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GNM Museum Week: Avant-Garde 1900-1937

18.05. 2016 – 18.06.2016
Museum: Museum Of Fine Arts
Georgian National Museum Shalva Amiranashvili Museum of Fine Arts invites you to the exhibition "Avant-garde 1900-1937". The exhibition will be opened within the Georgian National Museum week dedicated to the International Museum Day. The opening event will take place on May 18, 2016 at 6 pm.

The avant-garde is the stage of modernist art, encompassing revolutionary changes within the first decade of the 20th century. Its development resulted from ideological changes in the industrial and technological sectors and from special anthropological activities. This is the period of innovations, conceptions of new artistic systems and theories. The coexistence of totally different movements and their parallel development gives the special dynamism to the avant-garde's fine art.

The visitors will have the possibility to see the unique paintings and drawings of Georgian, Russian, Ukrainian, Polish and Italian avant-garde artists in one exhibition space. Some of them will be exhibited in public for the first time.

The exposition showcases the collections of Shalva Amiranashvili Museum of Fine Arts including about 100 paintings and graphic works, archival material, the avant-garde posters and books by Vasily Kandinsky, Niko Pirosmanashvili (Pirosmani), Mikhail Larionov, Natalya Goncharova, Olga Rozanova, Kiril Zdanevich, David Kakabadze, Lado Gudiashvili, Ziga Valishevsky, Kazimir Malevich, Alexei Kruchenykh, Robert Falk, Osvaldo Lichin, Alexander Shevchenko, Shalva Kikodze, Mikhail Bilanishvili, Voldemar Boberman, Lev Brun and Kliment Redko.

The exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Ilya Zdanevich (Iliazd 1894-1975) - Georgian artist, poet and literary critic of the Polish origin, one of the inspirers of the idea, concept and theory of avant-garde. Iliazd does not belong to any nation or culture - he is equally valuable to the Georgian, Russian, French and Polish cultures, as well as, generally to the world cultural heritage.

During the exhibition a bilingual catalog will be published, which will contain museum's collection of avant-garde art and the blogs from the relations between Ilya Zdanevich and Niko Pirosmani.

Within the framework of the project, with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia an international conference entitled "The Idea of the Avant-garde in the Art and Literature" will be held at the Georgian National Museum on June 16-18.
The exhibition will last until July 18, 2016.
Address: Shalva Amiranashvili Museum of Fine Arts, 1, Lado Gudiashvili Str. Tbilisi, Georgia.

GNM Museum Week: Ketevan Magalashvili 120

17.05.2016 – 22.06.2016
The National Gallery
Georgian National Museum Dimitri Shevardnadze National Gallery invites you to the exhibition and the presentation of the book "Ketevan Magalashvili - 120", dedicated to the 120thanniversary of Ketevan Magalashvili - remarkable representative of Georgian art. The exhibition will be opened within the Georgian National Museum week dedicated to the International Museum Day. The opening event will take place on May 17, 2016 at 7pm.
During the exhibition, the bilingual (Georgian-English) monograph "Ketevan Magalashvili - 120" will be presented. The monograph was published with the support of Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia. The author of the monograph is art historian Nana Mirtskhulava.
Address: Dimitri Shevardnadze National Gallery, 11, Shota Rustaveli Ave. Tbilisi, Georgia.


Fine Art development programme


Zurab Tsereteli Museum of Modern Art
MOMA Tbilisi

The opening of the exhibition, the launch of the painter’s catalogue and the presentation of the Merab Abramishvili Foundation Bizoni will be held at 19.00 on March 9, 2016.

Merab Abramishvili (1957-2006) is a contemporary Georgian artist whose style is largely shaped by original interpretations of the Georgian cultural heritage and especially fresco painting. Thanks to this, he holds a special place not only in the Georgian cultural milieu but also in the international area of contemporary art. Paintings by Abramishvili enjoyed remarkable success at two exhibitions in Sotheby’s, London in 2013 and 2014: At the Crossroads 1. Contemporary Art from Caucasus and Central Asia and At the Crossroads 2. Contemporary Art from Istanbul to Kabul. Many of his works are kept in private collections in Georgia and abroad.
MOMA Tbilisi will display about 200 privately owned paintings executed by Abramishvili between 1985 and 2006, and photo and archival materials related to the painter. Besides, a new, third catalogue of the artist’s works will be launched. After Tbilisi, it is planned to exhibit the paintings in different countries abroad, which will contribute to the international promotion of the contemporary Georgian art.
Exhibition curator: Baia Tsikoridze

The museum will be open every day except Monday, from 11.00 am to 18.00 pm.