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  • 1912, Niko Pirosmani’s art discovered by the local artists Ilia and Kirill Zdanevich and the Russian Painter Mikhail Le-Dantiu
  • 1917, Flowering of literary modernism. In the years following the October Revolution an influx of Russian writers, poets and artists to the Georgian capital Tbilisi.
  • 1917, Establishment of the Fantastic Tavern (Fantasticheskii kabachok), where Russian and Georgian avant-garde poets and artists recite, perform, and lecture together.
  • 1917, Cabaret Chimaera [Khimerioni] opens in Tbilisi. Designed by Sergei Sudeikin, Lado Gudiashvili and Davit Kakabadze it becomes a meeting place for members of the Russian and Georgian artistic community and brings together both Georgian and Russian art.
  • 1917, The "Futurist Syndicate", the first manifestation of the Tbilisi avant-garde. It is dominated by the organizing presence of the Muscovite Aleksei Kruchenykh and attracts local artists such as Lado Gudiashvili, the resident Armenian futurist Kara-Dervish, and the Zdanevich brothers Ilia and Kirill.
  • Kruchenykh joins forces with the Zdanevich brothers to form the futurist group Forty-One Degrees.
  • F/NAGT (ill. Rodchenko, Zdanevich), KruchenykhObesity of Roses and Lacquered Tights, Terentev’s Fakt (both with covers by Zdanevich) and To Sofiia Grigorievna MelnikovaLado Gudiashvili exhibits 80 paintings showing Futurist influence
  • 1924-28 The Georgian futurists publish three journals, all shortlived: H2SO4 (the formula for sulphuric acid), Lit'erat'ura da skhva (Literature and the Rest), and Memartskheneoba (Leftness).



New media art, Media culture[edit]

Cities: Tbilisi.

avant-garde, modernism, experimental art, media culture, social practice

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