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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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Ilya Zdanevič (1894–1975)

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 (1862–1918)

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...

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Buba, 1930

Buba, 1930, Noutsa Gogoberidze (1902–1966), film, black/white, no sound, 39 min.

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