ARTISTERIUM is a Tbilisi-based International Contemporary Art Exhibition and series of Art Events organized by the Artisterium Association. The event is comprised of international art exhibitions, individual art projects, panel discussion, educational and cultural programs.
A main supporter of the event is the Ministry of Culture and Monuments Protection of Georgia.
In 2008, when searching for a name of the event, we decided on “Artisterium”, since it reflected the modernist, cultural and artistic dynamics of the 1910s’ Tbilisi. The event’s title refers to the art club functioning at the art magazine “ARS” in early 10th of the 20th century Tbilisi. The club was famous for its well-developed and intense artistic environment, avant-garde exhibitions, poetry evenings, lectures and other activities responding to the modernistic and cubo-futuristic tendencies of the time. The name of the event lets us restore the connections of contemporary art in Georgia to the Tbilisian modernism, thus to its roots.
Georgia’s natural development has often been interrupted in consequence of its geo-political location, which always determined the cultural, political and historical characteristics of the country. The processes taking place in Georgia now, its political, social and cultural environment, make it necessary to present Georgian art extensively at the cultural and artistic space of the world, and to bring this space closer to Georgia.
During a prolonged period, rules, patterns, and systems in contemporary art have been established. It is especially important to realize when such rules appear and are being rooted in the new countries, with new political and social formations. Georgia as well as the whole of the South Caucasus is in the process of defining its place on the world contemporary art map. In this process, it is extremely important to discover the methods of presentation, art-practise and ways of communication specific to Georgia, based on already existing experiences. In future, this will assist to find our own place on this map, where the very difference will act as a “business card” for us.
Therefore the “Artisterium” aims at elaboration of such a platform that assists a development of open and straight dialogue, an establishment of long-term contacts and a popularisation of Tbilisi art scene. On the basis of meetings and exchange amongst artists and curators from various countries one of the main goals of the event is to search for those differences and commonalities that define one’s place and an identity in art.