In 1939, Georgian artist Davit Kakabadze (Georgian: დავით კაკაბაძე) (1889 – 1952) produced a very fine series of paintings of the medieval fortified towers in Georgia’s Svaneti region. A talented artist, Kakabadze was also an innovator in the field of cinematography as well as an amateur photographer. Davit Kakabadze’s paintings recount the stories he heard … Continue reading
Artist Mimo Mondal was born in Bangladesh and now lives and paints in Tbilisi. His water color and acrylic paintings of Tbilisi are bold and colorful. Mimo’s paintings have been exhibited in New York, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Bangladesh and Georgia. Photos courtesy of Mimo Mondal. See more photos here. CLICK on the logo to visit GEORGIA ABOUT on Facebook and see photos and news … Continue reading
Self-taught Georgian artist Niko Pirosmani (Niko Pirosmanashvili) (Georgian: ნიკო ფიროსმანი) produced an immense number of paintings, many of which have been lost over time. Posthumously, his reputation grew when his naïve style became admired in the art circles of Paris after the end of the First World War. Naïve art is a classification of art that is often characterized by a childlike … Continue reading
Prince Grigory Grigorievich Gagarin (1811-1893) was a Russian painter, military officer and administrator who served in Tiflis (Tbilisi) during the years of 1848-1855. During his tenure he built a theater in the city, frescoed the Tbilisi Sioni Cathedral, and restored frescoes of several Georgian Orthodox cathedrals, including the Betania monastery. Gagarin’s paintings of women in … Continue reading
A set of cards depicting people from late 19th century Tbilisi. The “Old Tbilisi” cards were drawn by Georgian artist M. Hubashvili and published by “Helovneba” in 1976. The complete set is reproduced below. 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.
The Georgian “Chakrulo” song (Georgian: ჩაკრულო), which is sung at celebrations and festivals, was sent into space on the Voyager space craft in 1977. The Voyager Golden Record contains 116 images and a variety of natural sounds, musical selections from different cultures and eras, and spoken greetings in fifty-nine languages. The disc is the space equivalent … Continue reading
Located near Tbilisi Sea, the “History of Georgia” monument was created by the Georgian sculptor Zurab Konstantines dze Tsereteli (Georgian: ზურაბ კონსტანტინეს ძე წერეთელი). The monument chronicles Georgian history. The top part of the 30 meter tall columns feature kings, queens and heroes and the bottom part depict stories from the life of Christ. Construction … Continue reading
Georgian artist Vaja Meskhi graduated from the Tbilisi State Academy of fine arts in 1985. His work includes a beautiful series of paintings of life in Old Tbilisi. The artist’s works are held in private collections throughout the world. 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 … Continue reading
Elene Akhvlediani (Georgian: ელენე ახვლედიანი) (1898–1975) was a 20th century Georgian painter, graphic artist, costume designer and theater decorator. Akhvlediani is particularly known for her beautiful depictions of Georgian towns. A year after her death, a museum was established in the house that she lived in. The Elene Akhvlediani House-Museum contains over three thousand items related … Continue reading
Examples of tourist maps of Georgia from the Soviet-era and present day. Click on the pictures for a larger image. Click on the picture for a larger image. 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.
A special Gala Concert was recently held at Tbilisi Concert Hall to celebrate the 110th anniversary of George Balanchine. Balanchine (born Giorgi Balanchivadze, Georgian: გიორგი ბალანჩივაძე) was one of the 20th century’s most prolific and famous choreographers. The son of noted Georgian opera singer and composer Meliton Balanchivadze (one of the founders of the Tbilisi … Continue reading
In the late 19th century, Tbilisi (called Tiflis during the time of the Russian Empire) was the seat of the Tsar’s viceroy and served as the Imperial capital of the entire Caucasus. Several renowned photographers undertook photographic studies of the city and its people, including Georgian photographer Dmitri Ivanovich Ermakov. Photos courtesy of Tbilisi Government. … Continue reading
Founded by former president of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, the Saakashvili Presidential Library is a political science and educational center that aims to promote liberal democratic values and the ideas of freedom, national unity and independence, free market economy and progress throughout Georgian society and the entire post-soviet space. Designed by the famous architect Jurgen Mayer … Continue reading
Georgian artist and amateur photographer David Guramishvili (1857-1926) entered the Academy of Arts in Munich in 1886 where he became interested in photography, especially of life in the streets. These photographs are part of a series called ‘Bazaar’ and were taken in Tiflis (the name for Tbilisi during the time of the Russian Empire). CLICK on … Continue reading
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