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Tblisi-Moscow-Paris-New York, 1910-1935

Monday, February 18, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus International Affairs Building Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room 1219.
Please join the Harriman Institute for a lecture by Mzia Chikhradze, Visiting Scholar, Harriman Institute and Senior Research Fellow, Chubinashvili National Research Center for Georgian Art History and Heritage Preservation, Tbilisi, Georgia. The lecture is about the general tendencies in Georgian, Russian and Western fine arts of the first three decades of the 20th century. The end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century was marked by essential changes as the language of art language moved towards the modern and new. New means of expression replaced the tools of art of the past. The center of modernist culture and art was Paris, but new art had spread widely, to Russia and Georgia, for example. This lecture will try to identify some of these processes, accompanied by visual material that will chart parallel tendencies, connections and interrelations of different artists and art movements, common features and regional peculiarities in the arts. The presentation will define the place of Georgian modernism in the context of Western art and show how Georgian artists were involved in the general tendencies of the modern world art. significant part of the lecture will be devoted to the contacts and cultural relations between the American artist and art collector Katharine Dreier and the Georgian artist David Kakabadze to show the importance and place of his art in the development of the Western avant-garde art. The lecture will close with a discussion of the forced, political interruption of the logical development of art in Russia and Georgia. This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required.
Categories: Academic: Lecture