Date 13 Jul, 2020
Project Type Collaborations

From The History of Modernism: Ioseb Gabashvili

The very first comprehensive exhibition of the works by the Georgian Modernist artist Ioseb Gabashvili (1908-1973) is available to the public during two months (July 6 - September 12, 2020) at Dimitri Shevardnadze National Gallery. The exhibition unites up to 200 works in various mediums: painting, graphics, illustration, stage and film production design, that were created within four decades, from 1920 to 1950.

Ioseb Gabashvili belonged to the second generation of Modernist artists and started his career in 1920s immediately after sovietisation of Georgia. At that time Tbilisi avant-garde movement from the 1910s was practically over and destroyed, situation regarding art was still uncertain as, on the one hand, it was already under control of the authorities and, on the other hand, became subject to short-lived, temporary freedom. The launch of the “period of silence” will start manifesting itself at the end of the 1920s reaching its full scale in the second half of the 1930s.

“From the History of Modernism: Ioseb Gabashvili” aims to bring to light a yet unknown legacy of this artist, to support the research of his work in the Modernist context and to expend the scale of the Georgian Modernism in visual arts, respectively (which for now is limited to only several prominent artists).
The exhibition is curated by Nana Kipiani and co-curated by Lia Bagrationi.
The exposition is designed by Levan Chogoshvili.

The project is supported by Tbilisi City Hall and TBC Bank.
Duration: July 6 – September 12, 2020
Address: Dimitri Shevardnadze National Gallery, 11, Shota Rustaveli Ave. Tbilisi, Georgia