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/ Main / News / Georgian General Consulate in Odessa to present an art works exhibition by the winners of the contest dedicated to Niko Pirosmani


Placed: 29.10.2012 15:22:41

Georgian General Consulate in Odessa to present an art works exhibition by the winners of the contest dedicated to Niko Pirosmani

On October 30, art exhibition by the nominees of the contest dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the great Georgian painter Niko Pirosmani will be held in Odessa.

On October 30, 2012, art exhibition by the nominees of the contest dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the great Georgian painter Niko Pirosmani will be held in Odessa

 
The Consulate General of Georgia in Odessa has already held numerous events in the network of Ukraine and Georgia’s cultural cooperation program, getting our citizens acquainted with the traditional and modern Georgian culture. Thus, during Odessa’s Birthday celebration, the guests and the inhabitants of the city have had an opportunity to visit the art exhibition of the paintings by the Georgian Nikolo Pirosmani.



On top of that, a contest dedicated to Nikolo Pirosmani’s 150th anniversary was held in Odessa under the aegis on the Consulate General of Georgia in the network of cultural cooperation between Georgia and Ukraine.

 
 
Graphic works and paintings were accepted for the contest till October, 30. Both art colleges’ students and professional painters were invited to take part in the contest, as there were no age limitations for the participants. The contest was aimed at stimulating art activity amoing the art colleges’ students and professional painters.

 
The contest nominees’ art exhibition will be presented on the results of the contest.

 

The results of the contest will be announced, and the winners will be awarded on the day of the exhibition opening.

 

Special awards for the winners will be provided by the Consul General of Georgia in Odessa Teimuraz Nishnianidze.

 

The exhibition will be held in Odessa Municipal Art Gallery located at the St. Archangel Mikhail Nunnery. It will last till November, 21.

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Niko Pirosmani’s paintings were represented at the first big exhibition of Georgian painters in 1918. His paintings were exhibited in distant countries, like the Soviet Union and Western Europe. Niko’s monument was installed in Tbilisi, and a museum was opened in Mirzaani. Today, the majority of his works are shown in the Art Museum of Georgia.

 

Pirosmani’s paintings were in influenced by the social conditions, where he lived. There are many works about merchants, shopkeepers, workmen and noblemen groups. Pirosmanashvili was fond of nature and rural live. He rarely referred to city landscape. Big part of his works are animal paintings. Until today he is the only Georgian animalist. Pirosmani also was attracted by historical figures and themes such as Shota Rustaveli, Queen Tamar, Giorgi Saakadze and others, as well as ordinary Georgian people and their everyday life.

 

Usually Pirosmani panted on oilcloth. In his paintings it is notable that he didn’t have special education, but it didn’t impede him to create his works ― on the contrary, his paintings are peculiar. Unlike other artists, Niko didn’t aim natural imitation of the nature, didn’t pay attention to details. Some of his paintings are monochrome. The building of his paintings demonstrate the author's sharp compositional consideration. Placements of the figures are frontal, faces doesn’t demonstrate specific mood.

 

The Society of Georgian Painters, founded in 1916 by Dito Shevardnadze, invited Pirosmani to its meetings and began to take him up, but his relations with the society were always uneasy.  His continuing poverty, compounded by the economic problems caused by the First World War, meant that his life ended with his work effectively unrecognised.

 

However, he developed an international reputation after the war, when he became admired as a 'naive' painter in Paris and elsewhere. The first book on Pirosmani was published (in Georgian, Russian and French) in 1926. He also inspired a portrait sketch by Pablo Picasso (1972). Exhibitions of his work have been held in Kiev (1931), Warsaw (1968), Paris (The Louvre) (1969), Vienna (1969), Nice and Marseilles (1983), Tokyo (1986), Zurich (1995) and Turin (2002), Istanbul (2008), Vilnius (2008–2009).


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