Levan Lagidze. Bach Excercises
curated by Dr. Lily Fürstenow. Opening. September 12, 2017, 19-21 pm at GH 36.
Exhibition duration 12 - 22 September, 2017.
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Levan Lagidze (Georgian: ლევან ლაღიძე; (born 1958, Tbilisi) is a prominent Georgian painter.
Since early childhood, Levan Lagidze showed a keen interest and a sharp drive in various creative activities such as drawing, sculpting, and writing. Eventually, he decided to pursue painting and enrolled in the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts.
Lagidze's diploma work "Tbilisoba" was acclaimed as the best diploma work submitted from all of the USSR's arts schools in 1981. He graduated from the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts the same year.
After graduation, Levan Lagidze actively participated in various exhibitions throughout the USSR. In the early 1980s, Lagidze founded and led an arts studio at the Tbilisi Painter's House, which ran seminars and workshops, and offered a free work space for artists. In 1987, the studio presented its first major exhibition which received a warm welcome from viewers and critical acclaim from professionals and experts. Students soon started to fill the ranks of the country's artistic elite.
Lagidze's latest abstract works include "The Meadow", "Autumn Meadows", and Throughout his career, Levan Lagidze's primary themes and styles progressed from his early "narrative" paintings, to abstract philosophical depiction of an "eternal return". In the early 1980s, the artist's works focused around one major biblical theme - "the prodigal son". From the late 1980s, his interest shifted to fundamentally novel themes such as "secret", "return", and "early urbanism".
From the late 1990s onward, Lagidze's artistic style gradually drifted to abstract painting. In later years, he mainly worked on depicting nature and landscapes in abstract perspective, although he avoids any reference to abstraction and claims that he only paints his own visual perceptions"The Plow".
In 2011 Levan Lagidze opened his own gallery "Lagidze Gallery" in the middle of the city.
Levan Lagidze's major works are exhibited in his own gallery which also serves as the artist's studio. This choice is explained by his preference for adjoining style and perspective while presenting his paintings to viewers. Lagidze's paintings are also in the collections of the Tretyakov Gallery and the Modern Art Museum in Moscow, Russia; the National Picture Gallery in Tbilisi, Georgia; the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, NJ, US; the Gertsev Gallery; and the TMS Gallery in Tbilisi, Georgia.
His works are also in private collections in Belgium, Canada, France, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, South Africa, UK, and the US.
2007 - Artbull Gallery, London, UK
2004 – Silent Auction to benefit the American Friends of Georgia – Doyle, New York, US
1998 – ART SALON ’98, Moscow, Russia
1997 – “Going back”, TMS Art Gallery, Tbilisi, Georgia
1996 – Galerie Seidel am Domhof, Cologne, Germany
1994 – “The Beginning”, CA Global AC, Vienna, Austria
1994 – Georgian Art, Steiner Haus, Bonn, Germany
1993 – Georgian Art, Riviera Gallery, London, UK
1990 – Georgian School – Drouot Auction, Paris, France
1986 – Retrospective of Georgian Art, Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia
2017- "Bach Exercises", Georgian National Museum, Tbilisi, Georgia
2014 - "Coming Back", Lagidze Gallery, Tbilisi, Georgia
2014 - "Hierarchy", Chardin Art Gallery, Tbilisi, Georgia
2013 - "The Edge", Lagidze Gallery, Tbilisi, Georgia
2012 - The Mdern Art Museum, Kuweit
2011 - Opening of Lagidze Gallery, Tbilisi, Georgia
2010 - Europian House, Tbilisi, GeorgiaGroup exhibitions
2008 - Chardin Art Gallery, Tbilisi, Georgia
2007 - Chardin Art Gallery, Tbilisi, Georgia
2006, 2005, 2004, 1998, 1995 – TMS Gallery, Tbilisi, Georgia
1994 – Central House of Artists, presented by Gertsev Gallery, Moscow, Russia
1990 – Georgian Center of Culture “Mziuri”, Moscow, Russia
1989 – House of Artists, Tbilisi, Georgia
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