Iconic German museum celebrates Georgian artist Andro Wekua

Georgian artist Andro Wekua created a life-size figurine for his installation at the Koelnischer Kunstverein art museum. Photo from Lado Chanturia/Facebook.
Agenda.ge, 18 Apr 2016 - 14:30, Tbilisi,Georgia

One of Germany's oldest and most celebrated art institutions is hosting a two-month exhibition of unique works by Georgian contemporary artist Andro Wekua.

The large exhibition hall of the Koelnischer Kunstverein (Art Association of Cologne) Museum is hosting Wekua's first comprehensive solo exhibition in Germany in five years.

The exhibition - named Call - opened at the Museum on April 15 and featured a range of art forms; from sculptures to paintings and more. The exhibition will end on June 19.

This figurine is a central part of the Wekua’s exhibition. Photo from Lado Chanturia/Facebook.

Central to Wekua's installation is a life-size figurine made in 2014. The hyper-realism figure created a "surreal" impression, said the event's organisers.

The androgynous human figure hangs from the museum's ceiling in the hall's central position while balanced on its chin on a swing-like platform.

The installation was also displayed at the Sprueth Magers art gallery in London, the United Kingdom in 2014.

Hanging opposite the figurine is an untitled seascape painting from Wekua’s 2016 works.

The display also featured artwork by Wekua at the Cologne venue. Photo from Lado Chanturia/Facebook.

In addition to the figurine installation and painting work, the exhibition will also involve cinematic works produced by Wekua from 2003-2012. The images represent documentary, horror and science fiction genres "between memory, dream and vision", said exhibition organisers.

Wekua has been praised by the Koelnischer Kunstverein Museum for creating "outstanding" and "impressive" works for the last 10 years.

Born in Sokhumi in Georgia's northwest in 1977, Wekua now spends his time living between Berlin, Germany and Zurich, Switzerland.

In the past his works have been exhibited in solo displays at prominent venues including the Vienna Art Palace in Austria, Castello di Rivoli in Italy and Camden Arts Centre in London, UK.

Wekua was nominated for the 2011 National Gallery Prize for Young Art, Berlin. He was also awarded the Kiefer Hablitzel Foundation Prize from one of Switzerland's most significant cultural institutions in 2005.

The Koelnischer Kunstverein Museum was founded in 1839 and named after the city's Art Association.