On the occasion of the anniversary of the 200-year friendship between Georgia and Germany, Museum Goch, the CCA Center for Contemporary Art Tbilisi and the curator Maria Wildeis will be taking part with Frauenkulturbür NRW e.V. in joint group exhibitions in Georgia and NRW in summer and autumn 2017.
TAVIDAN is the georgian expression for “from here, or from the head” and describes the starting point of an idea or a way. The directional meaning of the exhibition title points to the exchange between two different cultural spaces: Germany and Georgia, the geographic and cultural hub of Asia, Europe and Russia. In both places, artists work together on the concept of contemporary art and make use of a global and cross-cultural visual language.
The exhibition aims to stimulate the exploration of artistic practices in the contemporary art, while illuminating different approaches. The title also refers to works of art that are understood as time-based processes and atmospheric compositions and do not have an effect solely on an object. Questions within the artistic exchange are aimed at the manifold expressions in contemporary art, which create an aesthetic experience in the form of installation art or performance, but also in objects and their placement or the integration of the visitors into the work.
The selected artists work in almost all areas of visual arts, such as painting, new media, installation, film, photography, spatial object art, and they are also at home in other disciplines like music, fashion, bio-farming or education. Their working methods are often at an interface between art and society, architecture, education or music.
“Neither the receptive subject nor the solitary work of art within its limits constitute the reality of art.” (Ludger Schwarte: Notate für eine künftige Kunst (Notate for a Future Art), Berlin, 2016, p. 11)
During their stay in Georgia workshops are held for art students from Georgia by the German artists.
An accompanying catalog documents the artistic exchange and will be presented during the exhibition in the Museum Goch in autumn 2017.
TAVIDAN is sponsored by the Ministry of Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of the State of North-Rhine Westphalia. Frauenkulturbüro NRW e.V. (women’s cultural office) and the Museum Goch have been promoting the exchange of artists between Germany, Georgia and Armenia since 2013 and are thus in a personal, friendly proximity to the Caucasus.
Curator: Maria Wildeis
Project Assitant: Leksi Sosela, Project Manager CCA
CAROLINE BAYER (Berlin, DE
LARS BREUER (Köln, DE)
ANA CHADUNELI (Rustavi, GE)
TAMAR CHADUNELI (Rustavi, GE)
NINO CHUBINISHVILI (Tbilisi, Ge)
HÖRNER|ANTLFINGER (Köln, DE)
MAMUKA JAPHARIDZE (Tbilisi, Ge)
GVANTSA JISHKIRIANI (Rustavi, GE)
NIKA MACHAIDZE (Tbilisi, Ge)
MICHAEL POHL (Berlin, DE)
KAI RHEINECK (Düsseldorf, DE)
PATRICK RIEVE (Köln, DE)
PETER SCHLOSS (Köln, DE)
SCULPTRESS OF SOUND (JULIA BÜNNAGEL, PATRICIA KÖLLGES, TAMARA LORENZ) (Köln, DE)
NINO SEKHNIASHVILI (Tbilisi, Ge)
KOTE SULABERIDZE (Tbilisi, Ge)
GIO SUMBADZE (Tbilisi, Ge)
WATO TSERETELI (Tbilisi, Ge)
4 p.m .: Presentation Hörner|Antlfinger at Free University Tbilisi (tbc)
7.30 p.m .: Gallery Nectar (Project Space): “Soul-tracks”, butoh-dance by Wolfgang Schäfer
June 16, 8 pm: Exhibition opening TAVIDAN: GE, CCA – Center for Contemporary Art & Medea Museum of Medicine
uznadze street, 51 Dimitri Uznadze St, Tbilisi 0102, Georgien
The Frauenkulturbüro NRW e.V. started an international exchange program for female artists in 2013. Two artists from North Rhine-Westphalia visit Georgia and Armenia for two months. And in return, a Georgian and an Armenian artist will come to North Rhine-Westphalia for two months. The goal of the scholarship is to promote women artists to an international level, to expand their network and make them more visible on the art market for further international activities. Cooperation partners are WELTKUNSTZIMMER in Düsseldorf and Museum Goch.
Museum Goch: With its collection of late-Gothic sculptures of the Niederrhein up to the young present art, the museum unites 600 years of art history. Its fascinating collection rooms invite you to an interesting dialogue with history and art. Changing exhibitions, especially on contemporary art, enrich the museum.
Maria Wildeis (* 1984) studied art history, philosophy and classical literary studies in Cologne and has been a freelance curator and project manager in Cologne and NRW since her Master’s degree in 2010. Since 2015, she has been directing the International Exchange Program for female artists for Frauenkulturbüro NRW e.V., and in the same year she founded the Kunstraum Tiefgarage at Ebertplatz in Cologne, where she is curating since then (www.tiefgarage.org). Other projects she managed amongst others: Heritage Heroes (a photography exhibition for the German Commission for UNESCO and the Office of Foreign Affairs Germany, 2015), the 3rd Kunstfestival Strom (Kunsthaus Rhenania, Cologne 2013), project management Videonale.13 at the Kunstmuseum Bonn (2011) and TAVIDAN:Düsseldorf (in the WELTKUNSTZIMMER Düsseldorf, 2014). Www.mariawildeis.com
CCA – Center for Contemporary Art Tbilisi Since October 2010, CCA has been an independent non-for-profit organization for contemporary art. In addition to the international exchange of exhibitions and artists, CCA focuses on its independent study program for Georgian art students.
Both exhibitions are being supported by Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen.