About Art – Lado Gudiashvili

Lado Gudiashvili. 1920-1926 - Copy

Born in Tbilisi in 1896, Lado Gudiashvili (Georgian: ლადო გუდიაშვილი) was a Georgian painter, book illustrator, cinema and theater decorator. Lado Gudiashvili died on July 20, 1980 in Tbilisi. A statue commemorating this great artist can be found in the 9th of April Park in Tbilisi. CLICK on the logo to visit GEORGIA ABOUT on Facebook and see photos and … Continue reading

About Art – Nelly Beraia

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82 year old self-taught artist Nelly Beraia started painting when she was 65 years old. Nelly creates beautiful religious and historical themed pictures using beads. CLICK on the logo to visit GEORGIA ABOUT on Facebook and see photos and news about Georgia. Click LIKE on the page and become a friend of GEORGIA ABOUT.

About Culture – The Memtevri of Ajara

Goderdzi Pass

Ajara (Georgian: აჭარა) is a largely mountainous region in south-west Georgia with areas rising to more than 3,000 meters (9,800 feet) above sea level. Seasonal farming, connected with cattle breeding, has been practiced in the mountains since Paleolithic times. The mountain farmers call themselves “Memtevri” and their cattle and milk products are an important part of the local … Continue reading

About History – Conservation of the Gelati Frescos

Frescos at the Church of the Virgin at Gelati

Gelati (Georgian: გელათის მონასტერი) is a monastic complex near the city of Kutaisi in the Imereti region of western Georgia. The Monastery is among the most important cultural landmarks of Georgia and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The complex contains the Church of the Virgin founded by David the Builder (Georgian: დავით აღმაშენებელი) in … Continue reading

About Culture – Ensemble Rustavi

Members of the Rustavi Choir of the Ensemble Rustavi

The Georgian State Academic Folk Song and Dance Ensemble or Ensemble Rustavi was awarded the UNESCO Pacha Prize in 2001 for the safeguarding and promotion of Georgian polyphonic singing. Created in 1968 by Anzor Erkomaishvili, the Ensemble Rustavi has done much to promote Georgian folk songs and traditional dances. It has performed in over 4,000 … Continue reading

About Sights – Medea Monument in Batumi

The Medea monument in winter

The Medea monument in Batumi was designed by Davit Khmaladze and erected in Europe Square in 2007. In Greek mythology, Medea was a daughter of King Aieti (Georgian: აიეტი), the king of Kolkheti in present day western Georgia. Medea helped Jason to steal the legendary Golden Fleece (Georgian: ოქროს საწმისი). The Kolkhetian people developed an expertise in the smelting … Continue reading

About Culture – Kote Marjanishvili State Academic Drama Theatre

Advertising performances at the Kote Marjanishvili State Academic Drama Theatre

The Kote Marjanishvili State Academic Drama Theatre (Georgian: კოტე მარჯანიშვილის სახელობის სახელმწიფო აკადემიური დრამატული თეატრი) was founded by the great theatre director and reformer of Georgian theatre Kote Marjanishvili (Georgian: კონსტანტინე [კოტე] მარჯანიშვილი). Originally established in Kutaisi in 1928, it moved to its current location in Tbilisi in 1930. The theatre building was renovated and reopened … Continue reading

About Sights – Ajara State Museum of Art

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The Ajara State Museum of Art (Georgian: აჭარის ხელოვნების სახელმწიფო მუზეუმი) in Batumi was founded in 1998 and houses a collection of paintings, sculptures,graphic works and decorative art by Georgian and foreign artists. The museum’s 500 exhibits include paintings by famous Georgian artists such as Niko Pirosmani, Lado Gudiashvili and Elene Akhvlediani. The post-1950 collection, by contemporary … Continue reading

About Literature – The Knight in the Panther’s Skin

Illustration from an edition of The Knight in a Panther's Skin

The Knight in the Panther’s Skin (Georgian: ვეფხისტყაოსანი) is an epic poem written in the 12th century by the Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli (Georgian: შოთა რუსთაველი). Consisting of 1666 stanzas and 6500 lines, its story embodies the medieval knightly ideals of chivalry, friendship, courtly love and courage. Dedicated to Tamar the Great (Georgian: თამარი) it … Continue reading

About Art – Paintings of Old Tbilisi by Giovanni Vepkhvadze

A painting of Old Tbilisi by Giovanni Vepkhvadze

Georgian artist Giovanni Vepkhvadze was born in Tbilisi in 1949 and graduated from Tbilisi’s State Academy of Arts in 1973. His work has attracted international acclaim and his series of paintings depicting Old Tbilisi are especially well known and admired. CLICK on the logo to visit GEORGIA ABOUT on Facebook and see photos and news about Georgia. Click LIKE on the page and … Continue reading

About Culture – Ethnic Georgians Living in Turkey

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Communities of ethnic Georgians live in remote villages on the Turkish side of the Machakhela River, which is a trans-boundary river between Georgia and Turkey. Georgian traditions and customs still continue, including traditional wine-making. Photos courtesy of the President’s Administration. CLICK on the logo to visit GEORGIA ABOUT on Facebook and see photos and news about Georgia. Click LIKE on the page and … Continue reading

About Sights – The Tbilisi State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre

The Tbilisi State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre

Opened in 1851, the Tbilisi State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre was the first opera theater in all Transcaucasia. Situated on Rustaveli Avenue, in the centre of Tbilisi, it is the oldest opera house in Georgia. Designed by by the Italian Architect,  Antonio Scudieri, the theater had a capacity of 800 spectators and was comparable to European … Continue reading

About Sights – Niko Pirosmanashvili State Museum in Mirzaani

Niko Pirosmanashvili State Museum in Mirzaani

Niko Pirosmani (Niko Pirosmanashvili) (Georgian: ნიკო ფიროსმანი) is considered to be one of Georgia’s greatest artists. Born in the village of Mirzaani in the Kakheti region, he taught himself to paint but it was only after his death in 1918 that his naive style became admired. The Niko Pirosmanashvili State Museum was established in Pirosmani’s home … Continue reading

About Art – Shalva Kikodze

Khevsureti (1920) by Shalva Kikodze

Shalva Kikodze (Georgian: შალვა ქიქოძე) (1894 – 1921) was a Georgian expressionist painter, graphic artist and cartoonist. After studying at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture he returned to Georgia to work as a theater decorator for Jabadari Theater in Tbilisi. In 1921 Kikodze moved to Paris where his work was exhibited in … Continue reading

About Art – Sign Boards Painted by Niko Pirosmani

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Niko Pirosmani (Niko Pirosmanashvili) (Georgian: ნიკო ფიროსმანი) is considered to be one of Georgia’s greatest artists. Self-taught, he led an impoverished life and it was only after his death in 1918 that his naive style became admired. He produced an immense number of paintings, including sign boards for shops and inns, many of which have been lost … Continue reading

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