Dimitri Shevardnadze National Gallery is located in the capital city of Georgia, in Tbilisi, on Rustaveli Avenue. It is in the membership of National Museums and represents one of the most important and main Georgian exhibition spaces. It is also known as “Blue Gallery”. The building was fully painted in blue color, and form here strengthened the name “Blue Gallery”. Nowadays, it is in a pearl-grey color. In the national gallery, there are presented permanent expositions, as well as periodical exhibitions of Georgian and foreign artists and painters.
In the invariable expositions, there are represented the compositions and masterpieces created by Niki Pirosmanishvili, Davit Kakabadze, Lado Gudiashvili, Iakob Nikoladze. In the reserve of the gallery, there are almost 30 000 exponents kept. In the recent period, there were displayed the world’s most famous art pieces, dating to different eras, like Michelangelo Buonarotti, Titian/ Tiziano Veceli/Vecellio, Sandro Botticelli, Luca Cranach the Elder, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Ai Weiwei, and others. The first showroom was held in October of 1920. The committee politics were emphasized from the first years: Georgian and foreign, art pieces with old and new periodization were arranged together, everything that is valuable for culture, that has been ever created or just somehow, remained in the territory of Georgia, from other countries. Dimitri Shevardnadze National Gallery is a really very interesting and impressive place for people, who are interested in art. Here you are free to become acquainted with Georgian painters’ masterpieces and also, compare them with foreigners as well.
The construction, in which the national museum is situated, was built according to the Russian emperor’s decision in 1888, and here was established Russian military-historical museum, so-called “Glory Temple”. The national art gallery itself was founded under the initiative of Dimitri Shevardnadze, who was a famous Georgian painter and public man. In the very same year, the first exhibition was held here. Dimitri collected wonderful drawings of Georgian painters, from all over Georgia. Some of these pictures were given for granted, as a present for this marvelous initiation. Some of them were bought by Dimitri, with his own money, and then he gave it all to the museum. In 2007 the National Gallery joined the Georgian National Museums.
There were huge wide scaled reconstructions for the building. But, still, the central facade of the edifice remained the same. Immutable was also the exhibition hall. The external facade of the construction is covered with plentiful decors, which are characteristic of the Baroque style. The central entrance has beautiful Corinthian pillars and pilasters, which are covered up with hemisphere exedra. The outer parts of the museum are also articulated with those pilasters as well. From the drawing rooms, two of them have glass-roofing and in such a way, sunlight is creating picturesque sightings, with glittering everywhere. During the reconstruction, the area was increased due to the garden territory, which was consolidated to the room space. So another exhibition room was created. In the renovated museum, there are functioning 8 halls, also, there was established special space for a restoration laboratory, a temporary reserve for organizing the exhibitions, educational space, and even a store. On November 20 in 2009, Tbilisi Art Gallery was given the title of Georgian Cultural Memorial.
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