Denmark's Louisiana Museum hosting display of Georgia's iconic painter Pirosmani

Pirosmani is recognised for portraits and works showing social gatherings in Tbilisi, as the artist worked to make a living while struggling with poverty in the Georgian capital during the early decades of the 20th century. Photo via Ministry of Culture, Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, 05 May 2023 - 14:30, Tbilisi,Georgia

The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark's most popular venue of the kind, is hosting the first display in Northern Europe of Georgia's iconic self-taught painter Niko Pirosmani, bringing his works from collections of the Georgian National Museum network to the venue.

Launching on Thursday in the Museum located in Humlebæk, north of Copenhagen, the exhibition unveiled 48 pieces by the early 20th century artist who became widely known after his works were discovered by celebrated Georgian and international artists after his death in 1918.

His paintings of social gatherings, individual portraits and images of animals have been sourced from Georgian-based venues to introduce visitors of the Danish Museum to his practice with vivid colours and simple focus.

There is something almost mythical about the story of Pirosmani, who lived and worked in Tbilisi around the turn of the last century. As the exhibition will show, the simple, gleaming depictions of people and wildlife by this self-taught sign painter and penniless vagabond place Pirosmani as an outstanding exponent of early modern art

- Louisiana Museum of Modern Art summary