As part of our ongoing and enthusiastic support of Georgian institutions of art and creativity, the U.S. Embassy co-sponsored the 2021 Tbilisi Photography Festival which opened this Wednesday

Published in Culture
Friday, 29 October 2021 11:36
As part of our ongoing and enthusiastic support of Georgian institutions of art and creativity, the U.S. Embassy co-sponsored the 2021 Tbilisi Photography Festival which opened this Wednesday at Tbilisi Photography and Multimedia Museum. In attendance was Ambassador Degnan who viewed the exhibitions and spoke to festival-goers about the unique power of photography to transcend borders and explore our shared humanity.
The festival included work from historic and contemporary artists from Georgia, America, and around the world. The event also featured a special exhibition entitled Made in the USA which offered attendees a profound glimpse into the United States' diverse history of struggle, self-determination, innovation, and perseverance. This exhibition was the culmination of a collaborative project between the museum and international photography agency Magnum Photos, and included the work of several pioneering American photographers, such as Leonard Freed, Elliott Erwitt, Bruce Davidson, Alec Soth, and Gregory Halpern.
Source: US Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Prime Minister of Georgia Presents a Renaissance Gift to UN as a Permanent Museum Exhibit at UNHQ in NYC

Published in Culture
Thursday, 23 September 2021 11:35

Unique, handwritten and specifically ornate Knight in the Panther Skin has been deposited in the permanent art collection of the United Nations. Its cover was exclusively incused by a celebrated Georgian sculptor Guji Amashukeli, who is currently living and working in France. A museum copy of the Georgian renaissance poem was created by a group of artists and calligraphists in Tbilisi and Paris in 2017-2018.

Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia officially handed over the renaissance gift to the UN today.

Unique treasure of national significance with its incused cover made in silver by Guji Amashukeli is ornated with almost 20 precious stones.

Sculptures, symbolic items of art, medallions, jewelry and statues made of gold and silver on religious or mythical themes by Guji Amashukeli are kept in public and private art collections of renown museums, galleries and individual art connoisseurs. Each and every piece of art created by Guji Amashukeli is unique and never gets repeated.

"It is my great honor and privilege to take part in this historic event. We are presenting our national gift to the United Nations and it is my great honor to officially hand it over. I wish to express gratitude to the United Nations for everything - for supporting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia" stated Irakli Garibashvili.

Gift presented by Georgia has been deposited at the UN Headquarters, at one of the most vivid and frequented places of the second floor, right before the UN Security Council meeting room.

Event was attended by Atul Khare, UN Under-Secretary General.

"Your Excellency, Prime Minister Garibashvili, thank you very much for presenting this extraordinary gift from Georgia to the United Nations. I would like to congratulate the people of Georgia under your leadership on this very special occasion. The national treasure of Georgia has found a new home here at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Now and for generations to come - Your Excellency - the Georgian poem - the Knight in the Panther Skin by Shota Rustaveli will inspire visitors from all over the world, who come to the United Nations. The values of friendship and humanity, cherished by Rustaveli in this 12th century poem resonate with our world today and more importantly with the values of the United Nations. Your Excellency, the gift is a sign of Georgia's strong commitment to friendship of nations, to peace, to freedom and of course to international cooperation" stated Atul Khare, UN Under-Secretary General.

The Prime Minister of Georgia received a postal stamp collection marking the 850th Jubilee of Shota Rustaveli as a gift from the UN Under-Secretary General. Commemorative memorabilia was released in 2018 by the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA).

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The Museum of Georgian Parliamentarism named after Ekvtime Takaishvili was open in the Parliament

Published in Politics
Monday, 22 February 2021 11:48

The Parliament hosted the 100th jubilee of the first Constitution of Georgia.

The Speaker, Archil Talakvadze and the descendant of the great public figure, 10-years-old Ekvtime Takaishvili opened the Museum of Georgian Parliamentarism named after Ekvtime Takaishvili.

The Museum includes four halls exposing the central, “Hall of Glory” and various eras. The exhibits include documents reflecting the history of Parliamentarism since 1919 stored in the archives and depositories of Georgia and other countries.

The visitors will enjoy the exposition about the “Chamber” from King Tamar’s era considered as the very first attempt of the establishment of Parliamentarism in Georgia.

As Givi Mikanadze stated, the Civic Engagement Center is to be established in the Parliament within the Open Governance program allowing the citizens to get informed about the Parliament. The idea of the Museum has been born in the preceding Parliament and was developed by the Working Group composed of the representatives of the Archive of the Interior Ministry, Central Archive of Justice Ministry, National Library, Council of Heraldry, and Ministry of Culture.

The Center will be open for the tourists, pupils, students and every person concerned. It will inform the visitors about the development of the history of Parliamentarism in Georgia for 100 years”, - he stated.

The Museum allocates the documents reflecting the Soviet repressions, as well as various materials evidencing the activity of the Parliament of Georgia since 1990, and the photo material reflecting close cooperation of the Parliament with the international organizations.

The Museum is equipped with modern technologies and is to host a wide range of visitors, including the school children and students. It has a hall where the visitors will watch the 30-minute documentary.

As the Deputy Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, Mariam Lashkhi noted, it is not accidental that the Museum is named after Ekvtime Takaishvili. “Ekvtime Takaishvili has contributed truly invaluable merit in maintenance and preservation of our treasures. The heritage of Georgian Parliamentarism is based on the heritage preserved by Ekvtime Takaishvili along with the members of the Constituent Council for our democracy. I hope we will keep this heritage in a dignified manner”, - she stated.

The opening ceremony was attended by the President of Georgia, Speaker of the Parliament, Majority Leader, Chairs of the Factions, MPs, candidate for the Prime Minister, Chair of the Constitutional Court, Chairs of the Governments and Supreme Councils of Autonomous Republics, and the descendants of Ekvtime Takaishvili.


Published in Culture
Friday, 13 April 2018 11:32

The Museum of Azerbaijani Culture named after Mirza Fatali Akhundov in partnership with the Initiative Curators Union (ICU) presents exhibition of photo project "Defile through time: the canons of women's fashion in Azerbaijan" of Azerbaijani photographer Rustam Huseynov from 20 to 26 April 2018. The opening of the exhibition will be held on 20 April at the Museum of Azerbaijani Culture named after M.F. Akhundov in Tbilisi, Georgia.

The project concept includes visual demonstration by modern means the most interesting design samples of historical Azerbaijani costumes to the audience, illustrating the evolution of women's fashion through the time space and its reflection in the modern context of fashion. Project curator Konul Rafiyeva has set a task to show the national identity through the traditional costume of an Azerbaijani woman, which has been reflection of the original culture of the Azerbaijani people for centuries. Changing gradually, the folk dress has become an expression of the national mentality and could tell a lot about the traditions and customs of the Azerbaijani people.

Photographer R. Huseynov has devoted a series of photographs to beauty and diversity of traditional women's clothing combining cultural and historical interest with design interest. The exposition includes his 25 photo portraits of Azerbaijani women in traditional garments of different districts of Azerbaijan, showing customs and life’s many-sidedness. In his work the photographer used samples of traditional clothes from the personal historical collection of Azerbaijani designer and collector Natavan Aliyeva. Reconstruction of historical eras’ clothes is an important stage in the preservation of the national cultural heritage and restoration of national images in the mass consciousness, lost by the public memory and known only to a very narrow circle of specialists.

In his works Huseynov pays special attention to interpretation of traditional headdresses of Azerbaijani women, underlining age and social differences. 

The thinnest silk scarves, so-called kelagai, which was combined with diadems and arakhchin (a national rounded cap), gives special charm to women's appearance of that time. When going somewhere from home, Azerbaijani women covered their clothes and headdresses by veil or so-called charshab made from cotton and silk smooth and printed fabrics. This part of upper clothes could be made from self-colored satin, checkered, or colored silk fabric.

The silhouette of the dress, its decorative solution obeyed the plasticity of silk fabrics, facture of satin, and softness of velvet. The upper garment covering shoulders - arkhaliq, chepken, lebbade, kuledge, kurdu, eshmek and bahari - had a peplum on the waist, gathered in pleat or thin crease that emphasized the waist and increased the circumference of hips. Presence of a magnificent multi-layered skirt made the silhouette of a woman more voluminous and visually charming.

Modern Azerbaijani designers successfully continue these traditions. Demonstration of Azerbaijani designer Natavan Aliyeva’s collection “Neo Classic Love" will be organized within the framework of project "Defile through time: the canons of women's fashion in Azerbaijan”. The collection visualizes the modern perception and the diversity of traditional women's costumes in the context of the reviving fashion for ethno-style in clothes for everyday wear. Echoing with the author's photographs of traditional appearance of the Azerbaijani woman, the collection of Aliyeva is modern in cut and shape, but focuses the attention of the viewer on such colors of the national garments of the 19th century as burgundy, blue, turquoise, and uses such element of the national wardrobe as kelagai and knitted socks. Motifs of national embroidery dominate in accessories created by hand and with scrupulousness inherent to the designer. This collection links the historical past of the Azerbaijani women's costume with modern fashion trends.

The Georgian Foreign Minister has started his official visit to the Republic of Turkey

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 10 January 2017 15:26

The Georgian Foreign Minister started his official visit to the Republic of Turkey by visiting the Atatürk Museum and paying homage to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey.
The Georgian delegation laid a wreath at Atatürk’s tomb and signed the memorial book. According to the Georgian Foreign Minister, Atatürk is the architect of the State of Turkey who blazed the trail in the history of Turkey and mankind as a whole.
As part of his official visit to the Republic of Turkey, Mikheil Janelidze will attend the Ninth Ambassadors Conference. He is due to hold meetings with President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Vice Speaker of the Parliament Ahmet Aydın.

Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov shot dead in Ankara

Published in World
Tuesday, 20 December 2016 10:04

A Turkish policeman has shot dead Russia's ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, apparently in protest at Russia's involvement in Aleppo. The killer has been identified as Mevlut Mert Aydintas, 22, a member of the Ankara riot police. It was not clear if he had links to any group. The incident happened a day after protests in Turkey over Russian support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Turkey's president said the attack was aimed at hurting ties with Russia. Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin by phone and, in a video message, said that they both agreed it was an act of "provocation". He said that those who wanted to harm relations between the two countries "would not achieve it".
In televised remarks, Mr Putin said the act was "undoubtedly a provocation aimed at disrupting the normalisation" of bilateral ties and the "peace process in Syria". A group of Russian investigators will arrive in Turkey to look into the case, Mr Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

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