THE LURE OF THE ORIENT
13 June, 2013
THE LURE OF THE ORIENT
The Tbilisi State Academy of Fine Arts in cooperation with FT International hosted the launch of a very interesting book THE LURE OF THE ORIENT, accompanied by Sofia Varazi’s outstanding oriental paintings. The event was attended by a very solid number of the interested people.
The exhibition continued until the 10th of June with great success, and it would be fair enough to say that among the visiting public there were quite a few who contemplated the purchase of those
wonderful pieces.
THE LURE OF THE ORIENT is a unique book, consisting of short philosophical poems in English, Georgian and Farsi. The Persian poems are put in specially designed characters by the Iranian calligrapher Kourush Khorasani in Teheran for this particular book, and printed in Tbilisi. It is absolutely doubtless that the book will draw the reader’s attention to the cultural and artistic exchanges which have existed between Georgia and Persia since long ago. The extensive continuation of those exchanges seems to be essential and useful for the peoples of both nations, whose cultural heritage carries much in common that might deserve not only the attention of our contemporaries but the generations to come.
Incidentally, the interior of the Academy of Fine Arts contains unique and extraordinary halls in exotic Persian style from the late XIX century. They are generally closed as they need very special stabilization and restoration. According to the academician Vakhtang Beridze, these beautiful halls were created by Iranian masters working in Tbilisi.
The author of the project is the English publisher Edna Fortescue of FT International who is also the editor of the recently published travel magazine THE GEORGIAN – a new annual publication, meant to promote Georgia (www.thegeorgianonline. com). Edna is a long-time loving and dedicated friend to Georgia, the widely respected British lady who has made many valuable friendships in this country, among them the most appreciated one with Professor Innes Merabishvili, the founder of the wonderful Byron School of Tbilisi. Edna’s friendship with Innes and the School is highly appreciated by their friends and colleagues. The project authored by Edna is one of those which she can pride herself on, and not only she, but all of us at the Byron.
Projects like this one are always welcome by our inquisitive public. Hopefully, Georgia’s great friend Edna Fortescue will not tire of giving us every now and again the gifts of art and poetic writing of the same caliber and content in the future too.
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