Historic artwork of Zdanevich Brothers destroyed in Tbilisi
14 March, 2018
Historic artwork of Zdanevich Brothers destroyed in Tbilisi
The unique painting of Zdanevich Brothers in an old cellar located in one of the shopping spaces is completely destroyed, The National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia reports. Once the building where located on Rustaveli 16 used to be the House of Officers.
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Former House of Officers at Rustaveli Avenue, Tbilisi

As the Cultural Heritage Agency reports experts inspected the cellar. According to Sandro Rubashvili, restoration specialist, the 20 square-meter painting on the wall has been erased and
now the artwork cannot be subjected to restoration.
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The 20 square-meter painting on the wall has been erased

Nikoloz Antidze, Head of Cultural Heritage Agency coins the fact as ‘vandalism’ and claims that this act will not remain unpunished.

In the beginning of the twentieth century, there was located a cafe named The Boat of Argonauts.

This was the only example of Kirill Zdanevich’s painting that represented a unique cultural monument. In 2016, with the support and funding of the National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia, the group of artists of the Academy of Art conducted a full scientific research in Tbilisi, which was supposed to become the basis for full rehabilitation of the mural on the wall.
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This was the only example of Kirill Zdanevich’s painting. Photo source liberali.ge

As the representatives of the agency report, they warned the owner of the area several times that the mural on the wall was of a historic importance and inappropriate intervention would destroy the artwork. “We wanted to sign an agreement that would oblige the owners to take care of the area, but the historic monument was destroyed before signing the contract.”
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This is how the area looks now. Photo source liberali.ge

According to the current owner of the area, when they hired the space, the painting was already destroyed.

“This case should be investigated, which envisages imposing criminal liability," the National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia reports.
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Kirill Zdanevich (1892–1969) was renowned painter, graphic artist, scene-designer, art critic with Polish roots who was born and raised in Georgia. His brother Ilia Zdanevich was author and painter as well. The contribution of Zdanevich bothers is substantial to Georgian arts.
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Artwork by Kiril Zdanovich

When traveling through the Caucasus in 1912 Zdanevich met Georgian self-taught artist Niko Pirosmanishvili (Niko Pirosmani). Zdanevich popularized his artworks in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

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Kirill Zdanevich "Mountains"

He also published articles on Pirosmanishvili’s artworks and introduced the unknown genius to the wider public. In last years of his life, Zdanevich was engaged in book design and theatre scene design. He published a monograph about Niko Pirosmani.

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