About Sights – The Mushtaid Garden in Tbilisi

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Mushtaid Garden in Tbilisi was established in the 1830’s by Mir-Fatah-Agha, a religious leader (a mujtahid – hence the name Mushtaid). Accused of spying during the Russian-Iranian war he was exiled from Iran in 1828 and granted asylum and 5 hectares of land in Tiflis (the name of Tbilisi during the Russian Empire). After his … Continue reading

About Events – Pirosmanoba

Statue of Pirosmani at the village of Mirzaani Photo courtesy of Irakli Garibashvili Official

Every October, the village of Mirzaani in Georgia’s Kakheti region hosts a traditional celebration “Pirosmanoba” (Georgian: ფიროსმანობა), dedicated to the famous Georgian artist Niko Pirosmani (Pirosmanashvili). Born in the village of Mirzaani, Pirosmani taught himself to paint but it was only after his death in 1918 that his naive style became admired. Pirosmanoba is celebrated … Continue reading

About Art – Georgian Feasts by Niko Pirosmani

'Feast at Gvimradze' by Georgian artist Niko Pirosmani

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

About Art – Lado Gudiashvili

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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 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 – 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

About Sights – Signagi Museum

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Signagi Museum, in the town of Signagi (Georgian: სიღნაღი) in Georgia’s easternmost region of Kakheti, was established in 1947 and contains exhibits providing glimpses of daily life in Eastern Georgia from the Stone Age to the 20th century. The Museum’s ethnographic collection contains five thousand artifacts, including textiles, copper and wooden domestic items, agricultural instruments, materials relating to … Continue reading

About Art – Niko Pirosmani

Celebration with Organ Grinder Datiko by Niko Pirosmani

Over the course of a brief and often impoverished life, 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 … Continue reading