Discussions about Niko Pirosmani at National Gallery
27 December, 2012
Discussions about Niko Pirosmani at National Gallery
On December 22, National Gallery gave room to an interesting meeting and screening of distinguished Georgian cinema director Giorgi Shengelaia’s documentary film about remarkable Georgian self-taught painter Niko Pirosmanashvili, better known as Pirosmani. The screening was followed by an exhaustive discussion chaired by Giorgi Shengelaia. Grigol Robakidze, great Georgian writer and poet, who immigratied as an opponent of the Soviet Rule, assessed Niko Pirosmani’s works in the following way: “This is the art of a child.” This was the leitmotif
of the meeting. Giorgi Shengelaia, author of such movies as a musical “Vera District Melodies”, a comedie“Everybody Needs Love”, dramas “Khareba and Gogia”, “Alaverdoba”, etc, was particularly interested in the painter’s life and works, as he made two films – a feature ad a documentary – with the same title: “Pirosmani” .
Nikala was a real child – so delicate and tender. As Giorgi Shengelaia noted, everyone is born as tabula rasa and it depends what each of us will write on our own blackboards. But this was the rare case when Pirosmani remained as poor and clean and untouched by the world’s dirt and dust as a newly born baby and this is his characteristic feature as an artist too. “He is often referred to as a representative of primitivism, but I will say that he managed to remain a child to the very end of his life and this is what makes his works so candid and natural. It is his uniqueness that a child inside him never left him. It makes him a genius. He can be compared to Giotto who began to paint in the caves. However, when Giotto reached his professional peak, he turned into a big creator of religious art. There the progress was evident. But with Pirosmani, there was no progress, which made him unique,“ Shengelaia said. Even during his periods of drinking bouts, no regress was manifested. It is a common opinion that no progress and no regress happened to Nikala. He was steady in his works as an artist. However, the film director pointed out that he was not immobile as a child – Pirosmani was a steady reader and he liked three Georgian great writers -Rustaveli, Vajha-Pshavela and Ilia Chavchavadze. His film also tells us that Pirosmani liked animals and called them his friends. It is impossible not to be touched by the affection that is seen in his works of a family of deers, a bear, a lion and a giraffe, which he had never seen.
Pirosmani was a deep believer too, as Shengelaia emphasized. He used to say that St. George was always with him, sometimes consoling him and sometimes giving him no peace by inspiring him to paint and paint unceasingly. This was the main motive power of his talent – a voice telling him “Paint, Nikala, Paint’. (By the way, this and other scenes are made very picturesquely and very impressively in the feature film ‘Pirosmani’, where the painter Avto varazi plays his role quite affably.) He would listen to this suggestion, as painting was his only credo and motto of living. He never had family. Once, a group of renowned Georgian painters offered him to join them and paint according to the commonly adopted rules, but he refused. Pirosmani’s idea was to build a special house, buy a table, a samovar, get together, drink tea and speak about art. Similarly, his works stand out due to the different aspect – they tell stories, they’re not just pictures. He was a real legend an sometimes it is difficult to distinguish myths and reality regarding his biography.
Niko Pirosman justly occupies a honorary place next to such renowned names as Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, etc. He appeared in Georgian art as a painter-reformer. He is viewed as a founder of a new artistic epoch.
Print
Other Stories
„The eighth life“ has arrived home
More than 100'000 Germans have already read it, the Dutch and Polish as well. But it was only last May that Nino Haratischwili's “The eighth life for Brilka” was translated for Georgian readers.
“We will fight for Georgian literature”
One year after Georgia’s well received appearance at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the organizational mastermind, Medea Metreveli, lost her job. Now she's coming up with a new project.
Los Angeles Times about Khatia Buniatishvili – “A genuine musical personality”
Los Angeles Times has recently reviewed the Los Angeles Philharmonic celebration at the Hollywood Bowl marking Gustavo Dudamel’s 10 years with the orchestra.
Important facts about Georgian painter Elene Akhvlediani
Elene Akhvlediani was one of the first recognized female painters in Georgia.
Georgian soprano to perform in a play directed by Woody Allen
Georgian soprano Tsisana Giorgadze will perform in a play directed by Woody Allen.
Georgian Cinematographer Becomes a Member of Motion Picture Academy
Giorgi Shvelidze, Georgian cinematographer has been selected as a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Georgian Shilda winery announced winner of  the EU Sustainable Energy Award for Eastern Partnership
The European Union has announced the winner of the EU Sustainable Energy Award for the Eastern partnership at the Awards Ceremony in Brussels on 18 June.
15 years of creating opportunity for journalists - BP and British Council in Georgia offer English Language Courses for members of the Georgian Media
BP initiated media development program has trained more than 400 representatives on print, broadcast and online media in English language in Georgia.
What Georgian Pirosmani and Spanish Picasso have in common
Niko Pirosmani was a Georgian primitivist painter.
New York City's largest mural features Gurian Horseman
The largest mural in New York City was unveiled last year.
Three songs to know more about Georgian music
Georgia boasts about its rich traditional music.
Georgian – shop for tourists
The largest book shop in Georgia ,,Biblusi’’ has opened the first shop specially designated to the needs and interests of tourists and named it ,,Georgian’’.
SAVE THE DATE! At the 4th Tourism and Hospitality Conference within  Welcome to Georgia! National Tourism Awards
On June 18, the 4th Tourism and Hospitality Conference within Welcome to Georgia! National Tourism Awards will take place at the Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel, Tbilisi.
Conference dedicated to the State Language held in Georgia
"On the 31st of May, in Rooms Hotel Tbilisi, a conference "State Language for Integration and Development of Human Capital in Georgia" was held."
Anita Rachvelishvili among 10 performers of the Met Opera
Anita Rachvelishvili, a Georgian mezzo-soprano, was recently named among Top 10 Performances By Singers From The Metropolitan Opera’s 2018-19 Season.
Georgian Wine and Gastronomy in Japan
The second exhibition of the project “Georgia – Homeland of Wine” took place in Terrada Warehouse, Japan.
Georgian Beqa Adamashvili EU Prize for Literature 2019 winners
14 emerging authors from across Europe have been announced as laureates of the 2019 European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL).
Georgian national anthem to be played in squares, trains and buses at 5:10pm on May 26
The Georgian national anthem will be performed throughout the country to mark the Independence Day at 5:10pm on May 26.
“Georgia – Homeland of Wine” – The project that made the Japanese fall in love with Georgian wine and its technology
“It is only through acknowledging the history of nations that they could preserve their nationality, existence, and identity,”
Honey discovered in Georgia’s Neolithic settlements dates back 8000 years
During the construction of the Baku–Tbilisi–Ceyhan pipeline in Borjomi, a resort town in south-central Georgia,
Construction of toilet in the gate of Georgian temple stopped – What happened in Doliskana?
Doliskana is a Georgian medieval Orthodox monastery in the Medieval Georgian kingdom of Klarjeti
The Telegraph: “The Georgian researchers hoping to make wine on Mars”
The Telegraph has published the article “The Georgian researchers hoping to make wine on Mars”
The first ever Georgian Qveveri Museum and Marani at the Plumpton Agricultural College
After more than a year of active preparations, the first ever Georgian Qveveri Museum and Marani was open on the territory of the Plumpton Agricultural College on 17 April.
‘Wintering Over’: Georgia’s 90s captured by Guram Tsibakhashvili
The Barnovi House of Arts in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia hosted the opening of Guram Tsibakhashvili’s
PHOTO OF THE DAY
GEL Exchange Rate
Convertor
15.09.2019
16.09.2019
USD
1
USD
2.9607
2.9607
EUR
1
EUR
3.2855
3.2855
GBP
1
GBP
3.6878
3.6878
RUB
100
RUB
4.6066
4.6066