Gabriadze [EN]

The poet-painter of Georgia

  • Ein Maler und sein Leben
  • Die fabelhafte & melancholische Bildwelt Georgiens
  • Georgiens gefeierter Künstler & Gründer des berühmten Marionettentheaters in Tiflis
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Edited by Michael Semff
Text from Reso Gabriadse, Andrej Sarabjanow
Foreword by Michael Semff
23,6 x 29,7 cm, 160 pages, 120 fig.
Translated by Rosemarie Tietze
ISBN 978-3-944874-89-0n

Painter, illustrator, sculptor, screenplay author, journalist, costume and stage designer: the renowned Georgian artist Rezo Gabriadze (1936-2021) is all this and much more. Life itself is always at the center of his oeuvre, with the tragi-comical moments of everyday existence that he captures in many different ways, through his enormously inventive spirit, his creative powers, and his intelligence. Throughout, “a delicate, melancholy undertone runs through the creations of this gentle poet, like a cantus firmus,” writes Michael Semff.
Gabriadze’s paintings and the gouaches, which tend toward the painterly, comprise the centerpiece of this richly illustrated volume. The art of a great man, whose works have already been seen in famous museums like the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, the Dostoyevsky Museum in Moscow, the Pushkin Museum, and the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus in Munich. This multi-talent has drawn international attention, especially since opening his puppet theater in Tiflis in 1981. This allowed him to fulfill one of his dearest wishes: to create a small universe in which all of the creative strings are held by in his own hand, so to speak.
Rezo Gabriadze at a glance:
  • 35 films, including Das Gastmahl der Rose, Mimino, Kin-dsa-dsa!
  • plays include Alfred und Violett, Der Herbst unseres Frühlings, Das Ballett von Stalingrad
  • Illustrated 50 books by authors such as Alexander Pushkin, Daniil Charms, Andrei Bitov, or Michail Schwanezki
  • Graphic series on subjects such as Pushkin, Konstantin Stanislavski, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Bella Akmadulina, Bulat Okudzhava, Merab Mamardashvili
  • Architecture and sculpture, including Teatro Rezo Gabriadze & Tower in Tiflis; Tshishik-Pyschik sculpture in St. Petersburg
  • Awards include Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Nika Award, Golden Mask