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Cities: Tbilisi.


  • 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.

avant-garde, modernism and after

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