POSSIBLE DIMENSIONS: SOLO EXHIBITION OF THE WORLD RENOWNED SCULPTOR ZURAB TSERETELI IN BAKU
Venue: Heydar Aliev Center
The Heydar Aliev Center in partnership with the Russian Academy of Arts and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art presents the exhibition “Possible Dimensions” which continues a series of exhibitions of the world renowned Russian-Georgian artist Zurab Tsereteli in honor of his 85th anniversary.
The exhibition showcases Zurab Tsereteli’s fruitful creative career and includes works influenced by his encounters with the world famous artists Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso and Robert Rauschenberg.
The exposition brings together more than 30 works from Moscow, Tbilisi and London featuring paintings, sculptures and enamels that cover the artist’s long career.
Zurab Tsereteli is famous for his monumental sculptures and public monuments. He works with bronze, stone, glass, wood and mosaics. In the late 1960s Tsereteli started to receive a widespread recognition. His monuments can be seen in London, Moscow, New York, Paris, Rome, Tokyo and other cities of the world.
According to the artist, after meeting Picasso and Chagall in 1946 in France he completely revised his understanding of the creative process. The way the masters easily moved from painting and graphic to ceramics and sculpture inspired him for creation of a new series of works. The influence of Picasso is evident in “Inesse” painted soon after his visiting Picasso’s studio in Paris. Tsereteli’s well-known sculpture “My Favorite Artists” (2009) presents Picasso, Modigliani, Chagall and Van Gogh, the year before he had created sculptural images of Pirosmani and Henty Rousseau. Tsereteli’s works were also influenced by Russian artists, in particular, the abstract expressionism of Kandinsky, suprematism of Malevich.
Solo exhibitions dedicated to the artist’s jubilee will be also held in China and Lichtenstein in 2019.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Zurab Tsereteli was born in Tbilisi (Georgia) in 1934, graduated from the Tbilisi Academy of Fine Arts in 1958. His numerous solo exhibitions were held in prestigious exhibition halls in Moscow, Paris, Rome, Verona, Cannes, etc.
In 1995 Zurab Tsereteli founded the Moscow Museum of Modern Art officially opened in 1997. Since 1997 he has been the President of the Russian Academy of Arts . In 2001 in Moscow was inaugurated Tsereteli Art Gallery. In 2012 Zurab Tsereteli set up the Museum of Modern Art in Tbilisi. Zurab Tsereteli is a holder of numerous honors and awards both Russian and international: UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador (2007); member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Austria (2009); Chevalier of the Order of the Legion of Honor (2010), International Giuseppe Sciacca Award and the Prize of the Roman Academy of Fine Arts “For the Life in Art” (2011); UNESCO Five Continents Medal (2014), member of the Chinese Academy of Fine Arts (2015).