Irakli Parjiani’s solo show ‘Christmas in Abastumani’

Irakli Parjiani in ‘Baia Gallery’ with the exhibition ‘Christmas in Abastumani’

It’s been 27 years, as of the setting up of the gallery, that twice a year, in May and December, Baia Gallery becomes allotted to Irakli Parjiani thus observing the birth and the death dates of the artist either by his personal exhibition or by making him a part of group display. 2020 will be the jubilee year of Parjiani: he will be 70 on May 22, while this year, on December 23, it will be 28 years since his death. The gallery was opened a year after his departure, and since then Parjiani has been considered the artist of the Gallery with his works always present in the permanent display. Over 20 exhibitions at our Gallery, 2 catalogues, more than 100 of his unknown works traced in private collections, the highest price ranking, the study and popularization of his art, the presentation of his works for the exhibitions of the Sotheby’s Auction House in London (‘Crossroad’ exhibition 2013-2014), the exhibitions held by us in various areas (exhibition ‘Berlin Cycle, Travel of Odysseus, Bible for Children’ – New Gallery 2011, ‘Irakli Parjiani. Jubilee Year – 65’ /Gospels of Mark and John. First display. – Art Palace – State Museum of Theatre, Music, Cinema and Dance of Georgia. 2015) – all of this is the result of many-year successful cooperation of the gallery and the artist, the length of the artist’s road still in progress after his departure…

Irakli Parjiani is one of the major figures of Georgian art of the 20th century, the involuntary ‘leader’ of the 1980s having determined the stand, style and trend of the generation. It is him that the rehabilitation and transformation of the severed tradition of religious painting in Georgian art is connected to. Virtually all of the currents, motives, themes, characters or system of symbols of his art become assembled in religious painting in the end, and this is the trend that makes his personal model of art. He has introduced modern current, his own modification scheme of abstraction and form in the Georgian painting of that period. An amazing figure, he was a connector of the systems of traditional and contemporary cultures, a carrier of secret universe-related knowledge, a ‘traveler’ through metaphysical landscapes and an interpreter of the eternal issue of life-and-death, of symbols and dreams. Under the dreadful reality of the 1980s he managed to create the world full of hidden tragic nature and of such categories of light and beauty that are always related to the eternal values.