Georgian Museum of Fine Arts reopening after lockdown with fresh displays

'Untitled' by Ana Shalikashvili, one of the three artists whose work will comprise a new exposition of the Tbilisi venue. Photo via Georgian Museum of Fine Arts., 29 Jun 2020 - 18:27, Tbilisi,Georgia

Works by three Georgian artists will become new additions to the space of the Georgian Museum of Fine Arts starting on Tuesday, as the Tbilisi venue reopens following the lockdown.

Cultural institutions and galleries are coming out of the extended spring shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and among them is the museum in downtown Tbilisi, unveiled in 2018. Its return will be marked by a showcase of works by Ana Shalikashvili and Ketevan Maghalashvili - two women artists of the 20th century Georgian scene - and young creative Giorgi Kukhalashvili.

In the post-pandemic space of the museum, Shalikashvili will be featured following a 2019 personal display marking 100 years since the birth of the late painter and illustrator, as well as Hopskotch, a generational show where her creations were selected along with those by 15 other artists.

Her works in painting and drawing as well as sketches made for animation films have been picked by curators for the new show. The selection is aimed to showcase the breadth of her practice, with the artist particularly known for animated work in the Soviet-era Georgian Film production studio.

Organisers at the museum have also gone through their vaults to pick artwork by Ketevan Maghalashvili - who was also included in the 2019 group exhibition - and move them to public view.