Ilia Zdanevich (known also as Iliazd or Eli Eganbjuri) is a figure that only the early 20th century could produce: Avant-garde artist, writer, collector, publisher, typographer, researcher, Dadaist, graphic designer, performer, fashion designer, promoter and catalyst of the arts in Georgia, Russia, and France.
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Niko Pirosmani is born in the Georgian village of Mirzaani in the region of Kakheti to a peasant family. In 1870, he moves to Tbilisi with his two sisters where he works as a servant to wealthy families and learns to read and write Russian and Georgian.
He teaches himself to paint and opens a painting workshop in 1882, where he makes signboards for taverns and shops. In 1890, he works as a railroad conductor, and in 1893, he opens a dairy in Tbilisi, which he leaves again in 1901. He continues to create signboards for shopkeepers in Tbilisi, creating paintings and portraits on...
Salt for Svaneti (Jim Shvante), 1930, Michail Kalatosow (1903–1973), film, black/white, no sound, 54 min.
David Kakabadze was a Georgian painter, graphic artist, and art scholar, a set designer, an cinematographic innovator and amateur photographer.
Irakli Gamrekeli was an artist, graphic designer and set designer and one of the founders of Georgian avant-garde stage design.
Buba, 1930, Noutsa Gogoberidze (1902–1966), film, black/white, no sound, 39 min.
Saba, 1931, Mikheil Chiraureli (1894–1974), film, black/white, no sound 1h 12 min.
My Grandmother (Chemi bebia), 1929 Konstantin (oder Kote) Mikaberidze (1896–1973), Film, black/white, no sound, 65 min (1929) / 73 min (1970)
A fired bureaucrat tries to avoid
his wife’s anger by turning to a so-called «Grandmother» to help him find a new job. Instead, his «Grandmother» provides him with a false recommendation letter that warns potential employers not to hire him. My Grandmother uses stop-motion, pup- petry, exaggerated camera angles, anima- tion and constructivist sets designed by the Georgian artist Irakli Gamrekeli, who created many sets for the...
Löwenbräu lebt! Bruch / Break
Performance Night, December 14, 2018, 7PM
Breaks can be expressed in many ways. A break down describes something collapsing or falling apart. In German, a departure or a time of change are called “Aufbruch”. New achievements and inventions are referred to as breakthroughs. You can break the law or a code or someone’s will. And at times, breaking up and taking a break can be the same.
How can art react to all these breaks? Should art break with a polarized society and complicate things? In which ways can we break out...