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8 December 2016

Honoring the tradition

A private view of Georgian art at the Pushkin Museum

Text: Olga Muromtseva
Photo: Vladimir Astapkovich, Alexander Kazakov, Denis Kuznetsov, Evgeny Dudin

The official opening of the exhibition at the Pushkin Museum

Attending a private view means not only the opportunity to be among the first to see and appreciate the exhibition, but also to meet colleagues and friends, to share the news and exchange ideas. However, when a number of important art show opens within the space of one week, offering a ton of fascinating events, potential visitors face a difficult choice.

On December 7, the opening day of the exhibition «Georgian avant-garde of 1900−1930s: Pirosmani, Gudiashvili, Kakabadze, and others. From museums and private collections», it seemed the choice was much easier than usual — if at all existed. The entire business and cultural elite of Moscow gathered that evening at the Private Collections Department of the Pushkin Museum, the three floors of which were milling with notable guests.

The first part of the event — the ceremonial one — was traditionally held in the Italian courtyard of the Museum's main building. In addition to the welcome speeches, the guests were in for a surprise — the celebrated Georgian traditional vocal polyphony performed by the music collective «Acapella Saqartvelo». The warm atmosphere of the evening was further inspirited with Georgian wine, chacha brandy, and churchkhela served at a cozy courtyard of the Private Collections building. The buffet part and initial viewing were accompanied by music and singing. As expected, the opening of a Georgian art show turned out to be a true celebration, vibrant and festive but also warm and soulful — just as the Georgian tradition goes.

Georgian musicians at the opening ceremony

Director of the Pushkin Museum Marina Loshak

TV show host Ivan Urgant

The exhibition curator Iveta Manasherov

Tamaz Manasherov and Director of the Multimedia Art Museum Olga Sviblova

Journalist Viktor Loshak and Iveta Manasherov

Social activist and theater critic Mikhail Shvydkoy

Journalist Leonid Parfyonov

Iveta Manasherov, chief editor of Nezavisimaya Gazeta Konstantin Remchukov, and chief editor of Forbes Russia Nikolay Uskov

Executive Director of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art Vasili Tsereteli, President of the Russian Academy of Arts Zurab Tsereteli

Director of the State Tretyakov Gallery Zelfira Tregulova

The founders of the U-Art fund Iveta and Tamaz Manasherov

Iveta Manasherov presents the exhibition catalog

The founder of the U-Art fund Tamaz Manasherov

Michael and Elena Kamensky, Tamaz Manasherov, Inna Bazhenova

In the Pirosmani hall

Anatoly Grebelsky and Marina Levashova, managing partner of the Robots Corporation

TV presenter Anna Mongayt

Olga Petrova, Olga Muromtseva, Iveta Manasherov, Elena Lisina, Elena Tregubenko, Elena Kaysheva

Elena Dzhaparidze and Iveta Manasherov

Ziuli Manasherov and Anzhi Gasparyan

Founders of the New York ABA Gallery Maya and Anatoly Bekkerman, President of the Tchaikovsky International Charity Fund Mark Zilberkvit

Olga Muromtseva (U-Art) and art scholars Nina Getashvili and Ketevan Kintsurashvili

Mikhail Shvydkoy and former Prime Minister of Russia Ilya Klebanov

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