In 1919, David Kakabadze, who left independent Georgia and went to Paris, returned to Soviet Georgia in 1927 and was forced to ward off modernist-avant-garde groups. The artist was mainly working for theater and cinema before, social realism became the only allowed style of art.
To satisfy socialist guideline demands in art, David in his abstract landscape of imereti involved the power plant. Communists did not like that as well, so he was obliged to paint socialist demonstrators under the mountain and in their hands, the portrayals of Lenin, Stalin and Beria.
After Stalin's death, when the new regime proclaimed the fight against the cult of the individualism, the faces of Beria and Stalin were painted on Kakabadze's canvas. The painting was returned to its original face only after years by restoration and renovation in the National Museum.
This historic painting of 1942 has recently left the repository of the Georgian National Museum and has been exhibited at the TBC Gallery for a wide audience. The visitor will have the opportunity to see the attitude of the artist expressed in miniature style to the regime and what the concessions he had to go.
4 works preserved by the National Museum of Georgia: "Meeting in Imereti"; "Imereti War Days", "Industry" and "Ore Processing in Svaneti" become a part of a large-scale retrospective with the help of TBC Insurance at David Kakabadze's 130th anniversary.
“These 4 works reflect the various periods of Kakabadze's work and logically echo the scientific researches and recordings of the artist that are also presented on this exposition. Everything is connected to each other in this man's creations, so the retrospective, together with the unique archive of the family, combined with the collections of the Kote Marjanishvili Drama Theater and the collections of the Kakabadze Museum of Fine Arts in Kutaisi, would not be fulfilled without National Museum’s collection.
During the process we had the full support of TBC Insurance. With their help we were able to insure those paintings in very little time. I appreciate the willingness of National museum that their collection could be presented out of their spaces. – Nina Akhvlediani, Author of Anniversary project of David Kakabadze.
"After reviewing the official letter received by the applicant and satisfying the standards requested by the National Museum, the Commission consisting of the specialists of the department determines the price of insuring the exhibition. Bringing all types of documentation in order is very important for the functioning of the museum. The National Museum keeps the treasure of the nation since 1865, so we are obliged to preserve these unique collections orderly and filled to the next generations." - Vakhtang Tsintsadze - Head of the collections management department of the Georgian National Museum
Moisture and temperature regime, 24 hour protection system - are the various standards and demands that temporary host of the exhibition must satisfy .The next step in insurance. Finally exhibits that are Packed with special methods and materials are brought by the security police to the destination with the museum restorer and curator.
In the art Insurance there is a phrase – “from nail to nail” and from wall to the wall, that means that the exhibits would be insured from any kind of risks and damage during the transportation process. In this process we are backed and reinsured by the experienced and credible European insurance companies.
Author: Mariam Khanchaveli
Photo: Sera Dzneladze