Niko Pirosmani, German

Catalogue of the 2023 exhibition

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Niko Pirosmani

Unknown to many, Niko Pirosmani is revered as a legend in his native Georgia. Conveying a sense of poignant empathy, his portraits, animal paintings, landscapes and scenes from everyday life painted around 1900 in a flourishing Tbilisi draw on medieval iconography and testify to a deeply felt sense of belonging. At the same time, the avant-garde recognised a novel and radically new form of painting in his work. Like Henri Rousseau or Marc Chagall, Pirosmani is one of the exceptional yet difficult to categorize proponents of early modern art.

This catalogue demonstrates Pirosmani’s qualities in numerous illustrations, showing how his rapid brushstrokes on black oilcloth give the sparsely applied colors a glow as if coming from a dark depth. Pirosmani was a master of concentration―and a storyteller. As expertly explained in the catalogue by a selection of Georgian art historians, he was a unique artist, a contradictory figure and an important part of the art scene in Tbilisi, then considered the “Paris of the East.”

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Niko Pirosmani

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Details 200 pages with 84 illustrations
Edition Softcover
Language German
Size 30 x 22.5 cm
Edited by Sam Keller and Daniel Baumann
Design Dan Solbach
With texts by Daniel Baumann, Thea Djordjadze, Mariam Dvali, Irine Jorjadze, Nana Kipiani, Grigol Robakidze, Demna Schengelaia, Kirill Sdanevich, Ana Shanshiashvili, Nino Tarishvili, Andro Wekua