Blog – Kunsthalle Zürich


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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Saba, 1931

Saba, 1931, Mikheil Chiraureli (1894–1974), film, black/white, no sound 1h 12 min.

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Meine Grossmutter (Chemi bebia), 1929

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...

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09.08.2018 – Michelle Akanji


Open Call

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...

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