Tbilisi History Museum exhibition to explore nationality and tolerance

The display will be held in Georgia's capital following exhibitions in Lithuania and Russia. Photo: Contemporary Art Gallery.
Agenda.ge, 05 Jul 2017 - 16:28, Tbilisi,Georgia

A Tbilisi exhibition will bring together works by artists from across Europe to explore questions of collective memory, holocaust and nationality starting next week.

Titled Field of Flowers, the display will take the space of the Ioseb Grishashvili Tbilisi History Museum (also known as Karvasla) on Sioni Street.

It will host works from 14 artists including Danish sound artist Jacob Kirkegaard, Ram Katzir from Israel, Russian artist Alexandra Mitlyanskaya and Georgia’s Ana Riaboshenko.

Danish sound artist Jacob Kirkegaard. Photo: Jacob Kirkegaard/SOMA Magazine.

Taking the name from Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz’s 1943 poem written during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the display will feature works "exposed together in the same space” to raise questions of "collective tolerance”, "Jewry” and memory of recent history.

Opening on July 11, Field of Flowers will be hosted by the Georgian National Museum’s Contemporary Art Gallery project and curated by Russian artist and curator Evgeny Umansky.

The display was first held at the Kedainiai Regional Museum and the Multicultural Centre in Lithuania in 2015, followed by a Kaliningrad exhibition in Russia.

The Tbilisi edition will run through August 20.

Russian artist Alexandra Mitlyanskaya. Photo: now-after.org.

The Contemporary Art Gallery project was established to "create sustainable platform” for local and international cooperation in the field of contemporary art in Georgia’s capital.

Curated by art historian and author Charles Merewether, the project hosts a number of displays every year.

Past events have included the exhibition of Belarusian artists Space of Diffusion as well as Shaping Identity, a display of works by contemporary Georgian artists.