MERAB BERDZENISHVILI'S PICTURE GALLERY
Georgian sculptor-monumentalist Merab Berdzenishvili was born in Tbilisi.
In 1966 he graduated from Tbilisi Academy of Arts from Kandelaki's class.
From 1956 participated in different exhibitions. In 1957 he was received
in member of Painters' Union of Soviet Union. In 1959 he received a
diploma on the VII World Festival of Students and Youth in Vienna for his
work "Portrait of Young Georgian Woman".
The work of Merab Berdzenishvili is a vivid, original phenomen of art. It
is hard to imagine the aspect of Georgia today without the monumental
sculptural works created by Berdzenishvili. The monuments he has carved
largely determine the artistic level of the urban scene in Tbilisi,
Kutaisi, Marneuli, Gurjaani. But the main thing is the images of
outstanding figures in the history and culture of Georgia, images that
have become the expression of the spiritual potence, of the athmosphere
of Georgia's life.
The sources of modern Georgian sculpture are to be sought in the work of
major creative individualities. Two branches of Georgian sculpture based
on the constructive generalization of Kandelaki's plastic approach and
lifelike impressionistic quality of Nikoladze's work are synthesized into
wholeness of national school of sculpture nurtered as it is by a sense of
monumentality. Its roots are in the epic imagery of the nature that
surrounds it and in the nation's historical traditions that extol the
valour of popular heroes, their devotion to civic duty.
All of Berdzenishvili's works have a feature in common - a tendency
towards the epic. The sculptor's images belong to the world of the ideal.
Monument to David Guramishvili. Bronze. 1959-1965. Tbilisi
"Father of a Soldier". Bronze. 1978. Gurjaani
"And They shall Grow!". Monument commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. Bronze. 1975. Marneuli
Medea. Bronze. 1967-1970. Pitsunda. Seaside Resort
The Muze. Bronze. 1972. Tbilisi
Monument to Giorgi Saakadze. Bronze. 1971. Kaspi
Monument to Shota Rustaveli. Bronze. 1955-1966. Moscow
Death of Pirosmani
From the Series "Sketches from Paris"