Blog – Kunsthalle Zürich

25.10.2018 – Michelle Akanji

Don't Run For Cover

The Forgotten Art of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal

On display during VOLUMES – Independent Art Publishing Fair from November 23 until November 25, 2018 at Kunsthalle Zürich.

They appear to be from „Somewhere Far Beyond“: the original paintings that are used for LP covers usually languish in obscurity. Where otherwise the cult of originality is celebrated, audiences only know these artworks as reproductions of often questionable quality. This is a paradox condition – especially for the genre of heavy metal which is otherwise known for...

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Georgischer Modernismus: Die Fantastische Taverne

The exhibition Georgian Modernism: The Fantastic Tavern is calling for the overdue acknowledgement of the artistic accomplishments of the Georgian Modernist movement and aims at placing this largely ignored chapter into western history of art. This is why Kunsthalle Zurich decided to expand the exhibition into the virtual world and to publish background information as well as images of different works and various artists on the blog.

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Die Räuber, 1781

The Robbers (Die Räuber) by Friedrich Schiller and Irakli Gamrekeli's fantastic stage design at the Rustaveli Theater in Tbilisi:

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Anzori, 1930

Anzor (Anzori), stage design by Irakli Gamrekeli for Sandro Shanshiashvili’s adaptation of Vsevolod Ivanov’s Armoured Train 14-69 at the Rustaveli Theater, Tbilisi 1930.


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Die Avantgarde im georgischen Theater

In the 1920s, the conventions of stage design in theater were transformed by the aesthetic principles of the avant-garde. In a climate of artistic exchange, creative processes and practices in the visual arts soon were reflected in theater, and the specific expressions of various movements from Cubism and Futurism to Constructivism gradually found an introduction to the stage.

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Modernistische Künstlercafés in Tbilisi

«Tbilisi has become fantastic. A fantastic city needs a fantastic corner,» the Georgian modernist writer and theorist Grigol Robakidze proclaimed in the early twentieth century. The «fantastic corners» that he referred to were the Tbilisi artist cafés: places that unified the creative energies of the period...

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Das Futuristische Buch, Tbilisi 1917–1919

Text by Mzia Chikhradze

During the beginning of the 1910s, the Russian Futurists worked together with their Georgian colleagues in Tbilisi in the pursuit of artistic research. The freedom to work against the academy was typical of the aims of the movement and was reflected in the design of Futurist books produced first in Russia, and then in Tbilisi. In particular, the books produced from 1917 to 1919 are among the most important artistic artifacts from the rich cultural life of Tbilisi. They present a strong example of the multicultural and international collaborations that...

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