David Kakabadze

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(1889 – 1952)

Merited Art Worker of Georgia

1901 -1910 – Attended Gymnasium in Kutaisi, Georgia

1910 – 1915 – With the support of the “Chemo” Union of Georgian Entrepreneurs he continued studying at the St. Petersburg University, Russia, Faculty of Physics and Mathematics. Simultaneously, attended the Art Studio of Dmitriev-Kavkazski.

1913 – 1914 – Took interest in Cubism. Together with P. Philonov he published the “Sdelannaia Kartina”(“The Elaborated Picture”) manifesto.

1916 – Joined the Society of Georgian Artists.

1918 – Returned to Tbilisi, Georgia and started teaching natural sciences and art at the Tbilisi First Gymnasium for Boys.

1919 – Together with L. Gudiashvili, K. Zdanevich, S. Sudeikin, and Z. Valishevski painted the interior of the “Kimerioni” café.

1919 – Supported by the government of independent Georgia David Kakabadze, together with other Georgian artists, left for Paris to continue studies there.

1919 – 1927 – Worked in France.

1920 – The “Paris” series of cubistic drawings and paintings were created.

1921 – Traveled to North France where watercolor series “Bretagne” were created.

1922 -Invented a new system in the field of stereo cinematography.

1927 – Traveled to Germany, Italy, and Greece and returned to Georgia.

1928 – Joined the SARMA (Organization of the Georgian Revolutionary Artists) manifesto.

1928 – Was invited to work for the Kutaisi Theatre by Theatre Director Kote Marjanishvili.

1928 – 1950 – Worked for different theatres in Georgia as well as the “Georgian  Film” Studio. Made stage and costume designs for up to 30 plays and films.

1931 – Managed the production of documentary “The Old Monuments of Georgia”.

1928 – 1948 – Professor at the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts.

1933 – 1942 – Vice rector at Tbilisi State Academy of Arts.

1948 – Was dismissed from the Academy of Arts as a “formalist” artist and was never able to return during the last three years of life.

1950 – Started working on Stalin’s three-dimensional portrait, which can be considered as an example of the pre-laser halogen. It was an avant-garde concept in the Soviet reality. The project remained    unfulfilled.

David Kakabadze is the author of a number of scientific researches in the field of art, including “David Kakabadze,” Paris, 1924; “Art and Space,” Paris, 1926; and “Genesis and Types of the Georgian Ornament,” 1947.

Solo exhibitions:

1928 – Exhibition “Constructivism”, Tbilisi, Georgia

1959 – 1960 – Tbilisi, Georgia.   Moscow, Russia

2013 – The Dimitri Shevardnadze National Gallery, Tbilisi, Georgia

2014 – 2015 – Musée Maillol, Paris, France.

Group Exhibitions:

1919 – “The Temple of Glory”, exhibition was arranged by The Society of Georgian Artists.

1921 – Georgian artists’ exhibition in the Gallery La Licorne (together with L. Gudiashvili, Sh.Kikodze),Paris, France.

1921 – 1927 Annual exhibitions of “Salon des Indèpendants”

1924 – “Architecture et arts qui se rattachent” (Architecture and Art that are Related).

1925 – “L’Art d’aujourd’hui” (Art of Today)

1926 – “Exhibition of Modern Art”.

1926 – Exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, New York.

From 19 November 1926 to 1 January 1927 an exhibition of exemplary modern art was organized in Brooklyn Museum, Buffalo and Toronto, under direct supervision of Wassily Kandinsky. Among other works, the exhibition organizer and the president of “Societe Anonyme,” Katherine Dreier selected 15 paintings of Georgian painter David Kakabadze then working in France. The works of 58 painters from 23 countries, including Hans Arp, Georges Braque, Max Ernst, Giorgio de Chirico, David Burliuk, Wassily Kandinsky, Juan Gris, Joan Miro, Piet Mondrian and Pablo Picasso were on display at this exhibition.

In 1941 Katherine Dreier presented the richest collection of modern art to the Art Gallery of Yale University. The collection included the following works by David Kakabadze: abstract sculpture – “A speared fish” – “Z”, two paintings from the “Bretagne” series and six paintings from the “Abstract Motifs” Series. In 1950 a catalogue of the collection was published, where Katherine Dreier writes about David Kakabadze: “He was one of the most interesting among all modern artists and sculptors, partly due to his extraordinary love for his homeland and, partly due to his scientific background, which made him a creative artist of superb quality”.

1935 – Spring exhibition of works of Georgian Artists. Tbilisi

1941 – Exhibitions of the Georgian Art, devoted to 20th and 25th anniversaries of Soviet Georgia

1949 – Art exhibition devoted to Stalin’s 70th anniversary. Tbilisi, Georgia

1965 – Republican exhibition of theatre and cinema. Tbilisi, Georgia

1969 – 1970 – Exhibition of Georgian Art. Dresden, Germany

1971 – Exhibition of the Rustaveli Theatre painters. Tbilisi, Georgia

1975 – “Man and His World”. Montreal, Canada

1979 – “Moscow – Paris. 1900 – 1930”. The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts. Moscow, Russia

1981 – “Paris – Moscow. 1900 – 1930”. Georges Pompidou National Centre of Art and Culture, Paris, France

Давид Какабадзе. Издательство Союза писателей Грузии “Заря Востока”. Тбилиси,1958



Давид Какабадзе.Выставка Картин Давид Какабадзе. 1981



David Kakabadze in Theatre. Natela Urushadze.Georgian Theatre Society. Tbilisi, 1982



David Kakabadze. Georgian Information Agnecny.Tbilisi, 1983



Давид Какабадзе. Путь художника. Художник и время. Москва. Советский художник. 1989



David Kakabadze. Cultural Heritage.Tbilisi, Nekeri



From David kakabadze’s archive. Parmen Margvelashvili. Nekeri, 2009



David Kakabadze.Ketevan Kintsurashvili. Tbilisi, 2013



David Kakabadze 130 Jubilee Catalogue. Tbilisi, 2019