13 Nov 2017 - 16:08
Art enthusiasts in Georgia's capital Tbilisi can learn about the rich history of ethnic and religious diversity in the country through paintings by over a dozen artists from the past centuries at the Museum of Fine Arts starting on Tuesday.
Hosted to coincide with the International Day for Tolerance, the exhibition Crossroad — Religious and Ethnic Diversity of Georgia will showcase works by painters who resided in Georgia in the 19th and 20th centuries.
These will include pieces by German artists and ethnographer Max Tilke, Soviet-era Georgian painter Alexander Bazhbeuk-Melikov and Shalom Koboshvili, known for his paintings depicting Jewish life in Georgia.
Garments created and worn by ethnicities living in Georgia in the past two centuries will be exhibited at the display. Photo: Georgian National Museum.
Garments worn by different ethnicities living in the country as well as items illustrating their religious practices will also be part of up to 100 exhibits selected for the event.
Organisers of Crossroad will host the display within the ongoing project Promoting Freedom of Religion and Equality, launched by the Dutch Embassy in Georgia.
The exhibition will also present works illustrating practices of religious freedom in the country. Photo: Georgian National Museum.
The event is co-organised by the Georgian National Museum (GNM) and the Tbilisi-based Tolerance and Diversity Institute.
The display will be open for visitors at the Museum of Fine Arts — part of the GNM museum network — through December 9.