About Art – Paintings of Old Tbilisi by Vaja Meskhi

Painting of Old Tbilisi by Vaja Meskhi

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

About Sights – The Elene Akhvlediani House-Museum

Akhvlediani's desk at the Elene Akhvlediani House-Museum

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

About Tourism – Tourist Maps of Georgia

Soviet-era tourist map of Georgia

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.

About Dance – 110th anniversary of George Balanchine

Gala Concert at Tbilisi Concert Hall to celebrate the 110th anniversary of George Balanchine. Photo by Ministry of Culture/Gela Bediashvili

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

About Art – Hand Colored 19th Century Photographs of Tiflis

Hand colored photograph of 19th century Tbilisi

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

About Achievements – The Saakashvili Presidential Library

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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

About Art – The Photography of David Guramishvili

Bazaar in Tiflis by David Guramishvili_7

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

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

King Bagrat III by Nelly Beraia - Copy

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

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