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These Tbilisi Art Ladies are on top of Georgia's  art scene
Tbilisi`s art scene is booming, also because of them.
Art Girls Jungle 17 May 2019

You’ve heard the names of Thea Djordjadze, Vazhiko Chachkhiani, Andro Wekua, Anna K.E., Koka Ramishvili, and ever wondered where they are from ? There must be something besides Khachaputi (Georgian cheese-filled bread), Kazbeki views and great wines – Tbilisi art scene is booming, and – there are amazing art ladies that are behind the wheel. We asked X female art powers what to see during this months’ Tbilisi Art Fair (16-19 of May) and what else not to miss – including the best bites.
 
Nino Sakandelidze
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photo credit: Tina Shaburishvili
Artist (Academy of The Fine Arts, Vienna __ Franz Graf Class, Daniel Richter Class) , independent curator. Back to Tbilisi in 2017 after 11 years in Vienna, lectured for a year at (VAADS) Visual Arts and Design School at the free University, Tbilisi. Co-founder of “OXYGEN _ Tbilisi No Fair
Favorite bar, coffeeshop in town..
I do not like suggesting bars and coffeeshops. Maybe Lucy Bar.
A show in Tbilisi to visit during the next months…
16 _ 26 May, 2019 “OXYGEN _ Tbilisi No Fair and Gallery Project ArtBeat, MAUDI (run by Liza Zhvania, Dimitri Eristavi, Lado Shonia), A retrospective of the founding father of Georgian Modernism David Kakabadze at the TBC headquarter from 8th of May.
Tbilisi is exciting because…
Tbilisi is exciting because of it’s long history, contrasting landscapes that breath the history and all the visible and invisible scars. Because of it’s potential for growth and change, the waterfalls, the people..
 
Salome Vakhania
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Co-founder of ProjectArtBeat Gallery
Art place in Tbilisi to have a lunch…
Cafe Littera is located in the most peaceful and beautiful garden of Writers House, a house with rich history that for years has been the centre of many significant art events. The restaurant is run by the most talented female chef Tekuna Gachechiladze
Favorite bar, coffeeshop in town…
Drama bar
Ramona coffee shop
Georgian artist we should have on our watch list are…
Tamo Jugeli
A show in Tbilisi to visit during the next months…
Thea Gvetadze’s solo show at LC-Queisser
A group show at Oxygen curated by Nino Sakandelidze, Ana Gabelaia orgnised by Propagandanetwork
Group show „Body Experience.. is the Center of Creation“ by Barbara Hepworth
Tbilisi art fair
Tbilisi is exciting because…
It’s not new Berlin, like some journalists have been referring to it, on the contrary it has its own very unique character, which is eclectic and fun
Instagram: @svakhania @projectartbeat
 
Gvantsa Jishkariani
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Artist, co-founder of Patara gallery and The Why Not Gallery (with two other power girls Nata Kipiani and Ellen Kapanadze), curator of Tbilisi Photo Festival
Art place in Tbilisi to have a lunch…
Go for a lunch break and get some fruit on the go from Eliava bazaar or Lilo bazaar
Favorite bar, coffeeshop in town…
Mozaika Bar and Bauhaus Bar – first is super cozy, second one is in the park and super brilliant for hot summer
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Georgian artist we should have on our watch list are…
Ani Gurashvili – Not many in georgia know about this brilliant girl, and of course me! 😉
A show in Tbilisi to visit during the next months…
Patara gallery – amazing young artists from georgia and from all around the world!
Tbilisi is exciting because…
Tbilisi is extremely overwhelming –  it has maximum of everything – it is the best and the worst and clash of these two make it fantastically inspiring city.
instagram: @naivesuperstar
 
Tamuna Gwaberidze
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founder of Window Project Gallery
Favorite bar, coffeeshop in town…
Rooms Hotel lounge bar
for wine – Vino Underground 15 G Tabidze street, taste Georgian orange wine !
Georgian artist we should have on our watch list are…
Levan Chelidze , Shotiko Aptsiauri,
Uta Bekaia, Salome Machaidze, Tato Akhalkatsishvili , Salome Dumbadze and  Lado Lomitashvili
A show in Tbilisi to visit during the next months…
Galerea erti, Project Art beat , beautiful place to visit  – tbilisi silk museum ,  exhibitions organized by Kunathalle Tbilisi and Window gallery  to see the solo show of Berlin based Georgian artist Salome Machaidze  which will opens May 17th till July 20 .
Tbilisi is exciting because…
Because it’s real ,alive  and fun ..
Instagram: @tamunagvaberidze @windowproject__
 
Tamuna Arshba
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Co founder at ERTI Gallery
Art place in Tbilisi to have a lunch…
Stamba Hotel for lunch, with art and unique design, no place can compete that place.
Favorite bar, coffeeshop in town…
Lolita is always fun, joyful and tasty.
Georgian artist we should have on our watch list are…
That question for gallerist is the same as to open the official web site of the gallery and check the artist represented by the gallery. I believe every artist with whom the gallery works are worth of selecting for a watch list.)
Still due to upcoming events in a near future keep in mind these names: Levan Mindiashvili, Uta Bekaia, Rusudan Khizanishvili, Giorgi Chkheidze
A show in Tbilisi to visit during the next months…
a E R T I Gallery – PRESENT Georgian artist Uta P. Bekaia Curated by Dr.Heike Fuhlbrugge.
Exhibition dates 15.05 – 15.07.
Tbilisi is exciting because…
Because of its unique culture, history, mentality, nature. Because of it’s fresh authentic atmosphere, because just a few days are enough for that place to become your warmest home with whom you’d love to share yourself.
 
Irena Popiashvili
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portrait by her student: Alexander Beglarishvili
Curator of Kunsthalle Tbilisi and educator
Art place in Tbilisi to have a lunch…
Stamba and Rooms hotels in their lounge reception areas have paintings on display that could be at the museum of contemporary art if we had one – it’s Georgian art from the 80s and early 90s.
Favorite bar, coffeeshop in town…
Mukhatsakatukha and Skola
Georgian artist we should have on our watch list are…
Giorgi Khaniashvili, Tamar Nadiradze, Nika Kutateladze, Salome Chigilashvili, Giorgi Qochiashvili, Anastasia Akhvlediani, Salome Dumbadze
A show in Tbilisi to visit during the next months…
Tabula Rasa, Gabriela von Habsburg, 20 years in Georgia, Kunsthalle Tbilisi at Simon Janashia Museum of Georgia, courtyard, Rustaveli Av. 3 May 4 -June 29;
Salome Machaidze at Window Project
Tbilisi is exciting because…
it’s a strange collage: it can be very conservative and super alternative at the same time. (see Salome Jokhadze image of “Contemporary Georgians”)
Instagram: @ irenapopia
 
Tata Ksovreli
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Assistant Director, MOMA Tbilisi
Art place in Tbilisi to have a lunch…
«Academy” Lounge-resturant. Address:  27 Rustaveli ave. The food there feeds your soul and stomach – the restaurant is located in the backyard of MOMA Tbilisi that hosts shows by local and international artists.
Favorite bar, coffeeshop in town…
Wine factory #1 and Cocktail factory. Address: 1 Petriashvili st.
For coffee go to Skola Coffee and Wine Bar. Address:   17 Rustaveli av. Or main street to enjoy and observe city life.
Georgian artist we should have on our watch list are…
Eteri Chkadua http://www.eterichkadua.com
Tbilisi is exciting because…
it’s full of contracts. It’s a mix of Europe and Asia, full of life and moving forward, I find Tbilisi very contemporary.
Instagram: @tata_ksovreli
 
Keti Kapanadze
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artist
Art place in Tbilisi to have a lunch …

_Fabrika Tbilisi, 8 Egnate Ninoshvili St, T’bilisi, Georgia,
_Stamba Hotel, 14, 0108 Merab Kostava St, T’bilisi, Georgia
Favorite bar, coffeeshop in town…
_ g. Vino, 6 Erekle II St, T’bilisi 0105, Georgia,
_Skola Caffe & Wine Bar, 17 Shota Rustaveli Ave, T’bilisi, Ge.
_Keto and Kote, 3 Mikheil Zandukeli Dead End, T’bilisi 0179, Georgia
Georgian artist we should have on our watch list are…
_Anna K.E. which is presenting Georgian at Venice Biennial her 
installation in Arsenale,
Artists: Thea Gvetadze, Maia Naveriani, Gvantsa Jishkariani, Tamo 
Jugeli, Kote Sulaberidze, Levan Mindiashvili,
Mindiashvili,

A show in Tbilisi to visit during the next months..
.
_Tbilisi Art Fair 16.05-19.05,
_Open Space “Hotel Europe”,
_ Moma Tbilisi,
-“Body Experience… is the Center of Creation” – Barbara Hepworth at
Project ArtBeat
Tbilisi is exciting because…
During staying in Georgians one can enjoy 
how: “ to live just now”.
Instagram: @keti.kapa
 
Nino Gamrekeli 
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Tbilisi Art Fair Creative Director and mother of 3! little girls
Art place in Tbilisi to have a lunch…
Purpur,  Litera
Favorite bar, coffeeshop in town…
G. Vino, Gallery
Georgian artist we should have on our watch list are…
Thea Gvetadze ,  Levan Mindiashvili, Tutu Kiladze
A show in Tbilisi to visit during the next months…
Hotel Europa, David Kakabadze exhibition
Tbilisi is exciting because…
Tbilisi has contemporary spirit welcoming progressive alternative culture while remaining rooted to the unique heritage.
Instagram: @ninogam

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