What I See

01 January -
15
Jan
International exhibition
Published: 15 January

What I See

What I See

Shalva Matuashvili’s Solo Exhibition and Masterclass

The Georgian Museum of Fine Arts introduces What I See, a solo exhibition featuring the works by contemporary Georgian artist Shalva Matuashvili.

The exhibition will open in the museum’s temporary exhibition space at 7 PM, April 5. Oil paintings and graphics created at different times will remain on display from April 5 to April 14.

Before the exhibition’s opening, at 9 PM, April 4, Shalva Matuashvili will deliver a painting masterclass as part of Public(A) Talks. He will also speak about contemporary art and share his experience. The event’s musical accompaniment will be provided by celebrated musician Gigi Pianoman.

Oil and graphics artist Shalva Matuashvili was born in 1958 in Tsinandali. In 1975-1980, he attended an oil painting course at the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts.

Shalva Matuashvili is a distinctly individualistic representative of the 1980s generation of artists engaged in figurative arts. Through forms and colors spread across plane, and improvisational painting, the artist creates works exhibiting exceptional sensuality. Nude female figures have a special place in the prominent portraitist’s oeuvre. The generalized image of woman, bringing together the earthly and the mystical, is devoid of mundanity and particularity. The artist frequently draws on biblical, mythological, and historical motifs.

Shalva Matuashvili’s works are displayed at the Georgian National Museum, and the Tretyakov Gallery and the Museum of Oriental Art in Moscow. A significant collection is preserved at the Georgian Museum of Fine Arts, which dedicates an entire hall to the artist. Matuashvili’s works are also found in private collections and various galleries in Munich, Istanbul, Atlanta, Tokyo, Milan, Paris, Moscow, Berlin, and New York.

Curated by Nino Macharashvili

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