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Friday, February 29, 2008

Avto Meskhi "Vitrina" Collage 2008

avto-new-collage3, originally uploaded by grijsz.

Avto Meskhi "Dark Corner" Collage 2008

avto-new-collage2, originally uploaded by grijsz.

Avto Meskhi "Kalbatono Nina" Collage 2008

avto-new-collage1, originally uploaded by grijsz.

Avto Meskhi "Book Page" Collage 2008

avto-new-collage4, originally uploaded by grijsz.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

How the Internet may change Art

Franklin has on his blog some interesting questions and predictions about the influence of the Internet on Art and Art Criticism

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Monday, February 25, 2008

GEORGIAN ART FROM BUDAPEST: Lado Pochkhua Sent Me New Works from his Studio in Hungary

To View: Albrecht Von Habsburg

Paintings by Lado Pochkhua (Set)

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Fuer unsere deutschen Leser

hier ein Link zu einem netten Interview von Hanno Rauterberg mit Alfred Hrdlicka

Saturday, February 23, 2008


invite-version2-900, originally uploaded by grijsz.

soon in Tbilisi, 28 March

"Kai Bichebi" (Dudes) by Graf Oto von Rubin

oto-new-collage-1100, originally uploaded by grijsz.

In the center is shown Duru Khurtsilava, who lived in Zugdidi (Megrelia) and got problems with dictatorship in former Soviet Georgia, came up in prison. He was so strong, that smashed the door of his prison cell and brought it to the director of the Prison. He managed to escape several times as well. He later got killed for unknown reasons (maybe it was organized) in prison. Later was written a book about him and in about 1988/89 a fim "Duru".

Collage, size 56 x 42 cm, 2008

Friday, February 22, 2008


ht-composition-22-02, originally uploaded by grijsz.

Send me your works !

Life in the CCCP

thanks to Lado for sending the link to a collection of photos showing parts of the life in the former Soviet Union

Niko Pirosmani added at Olga's Gallery

As first Georgian painter was added Niko Pirosmani at Olga's Gallery. Nice !


life-is-a-party, originally uploaded by grijsz.

Party in Tbilisi, Hans Heiner Buhr 2008

Thursday, February 21, 2008

About Horse Races at Alex' TransCaucasus

Photograph courtesy of Pridon Beroshvili at

Horse Races
are playing an important ritual role in the Mountain Regions of Georgia, especially in Khevsureti and Tusheti.

Alex is on track of the tradition of the Georgian Mountain People and has two very interesting posts. One is pretty weird and a bit absurd from a Horse Race Alex followed as a visitor

the other goes deeper into the origins and impact of the Horse Race in Khevsureti as a part of that culture:

Thank you Alex for your research !

Wednesday, February 20, 2008


Collage, 19. Februar 2008

Monday, February 18, 2008


horse-thief-is-back, originally uploaded by grijsz.

from a todays photo session with Lela Meparishvili at Sayat-Nova-Street, Tbilisi

Sunday, February 17, 2008

my studio

my-studio8shadow, originally uploaded by grijsz.

Hans Heiner Buhr, 2004


new-art-cafe4, originally uploaded by grijsz.

new-art-cafe3, originally uploaded by grijsz.

new-art-cafe2, originally uploaded by grijsz.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

About “Horse Thief Sayat-Nova-Street”

heiner-rustawi, originally uploaded by grijsz.
Photo Session with Lela Meparishvili above the town Rustavi

After living in Rustavi, in Avchala and traveling the remote regions of Georgia for 10 years I moved into a narrow street in Old Tbilisi, named after the famous Tbilisi Poet Sayat-Nova, who got killed in the 1795 looting of Tbilisi by troops of Agha Mohammed Khan.

I started dreaming about the historical grounds in Old Tbilisi and suddenly to my mind returned a lithography about a Caucasian Horse Thief, which I made in 2005 at Aslan Tsitaishvilis work shop at Vasha Pshavela Avenue.

A while back 6-7 years ago I had quite some problems to avoid my own three horses stolen in Kakheti. Rumours were afloat, that if your horse had been stolen, you could still try to buy it back at a certain hidden base near Kvareli, if you failed, you never saw it again, but the thieves brought them for sale via the narrow passes to Dagestan.

Out of these memories, out of my love to adventures, to Georgia and to Old Tbilisi was born the series “Horse-Thief-Sayat-Nova-Street” in March 2007. It’s a fiction and urges me to use a wide array of artistic materials. The series started with Digital collages, where I put horsemen from Tusheti and Khevsureti in photos of the narrow Old Tbilisi streets, was followed by drawings, paintings and collages. The first part of this series is spread in the Internet on

Over the time the fictional Horse Thief became an alter ego, a part of myself and reached the topic in a Photo Session with the photographer Lela Meparishvili in November 2007 on the hills above Rustavi.

My upcoming show at Baia Gallery Tbilisi starting on March 28 is intended to give a survey of my artistic discoveries in 2007 and on that romantic theme “Horse-Thief-Sayat-Nova-Street”.

Hans Heiner Buhr, February 2008

view-old-tbilisi-thief0, originally uploaded by grijsz.

Digital Collage, Hans Heiner Buhr, 2007


phone-switch, originally uploaded by grijsz.

where all your artwork goes through ;-)

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Map of our destination

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Don't forget to zoom in, or go for a bigger map on the link below the map. Images to be added soon. Hans

Newest Member: Timo Vogt/Randbild

Timo Vogt, Abkhazia

Timo Vogt, Kazbegi, Gergeti

Timo Vogt, Sokhumi

Timo Vogt, Tskhinvali

I am proud to welcome Timo Vogt and his Photo Agency Randbild in the Art Club Caucasus International. Timo travelled the whole Caucasus Area various times and fell in love to it. He has a talent to catch situations, which look at first glance common, but develop to a true time witness/ Zeitgeist photo with a deeper look. Timo will marry his girl-friend Tine in June in Germany, our best wishes to them from the Club.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Who joins our Reunion ?

This list I update from time to time, as it becomes clearer, who will join our Reunion from 15th-17th till 26th-27th of August 2008, more details here:

Graf Oto von Rubin, painter

Alex JTB, photographer, ethnographer

Timo Vogt, photographer

Pridon Beroshvili, data base developer and one of our hosts

Christian Stübe, photographer

Hans Heiner Buhr, painter

Lado Pochkhua, painter and Elizabeth Eagen, photographer

If you name should be here, please contact me. Hans

Newest Member: Stephanie Marx

Stephanie Marx
59x72 cm
Edition of 10

Stephanie Marx
70x90 cm
Edition of 10

Stephanie with her son Felix

I am very proud that Stephanie joined the Art Club Caucasus ! Stephanie is from Dresden and lives now in Leipzig. She is making marvelous wood cuts and is presented by Gallery grounded, more info here:

Stephanie is a partner of the Artists Group Hoch+Partner, CV and more works here:

Monday, February 11, 2008

AUSSTELLUNG: Bilder voller Alltagspoesie. Georgische Fotografin Marika Asatiani stellt in der Residence Blumen aus. (in Leipzig)

Von Grit Friedrich (LVZ)

click on the photo for larger version >>>

click here for pdf >>>

Photographies by Marika Asatiani (Set)

more to Marika Asatiani >>>



View to Indurta, Tsovata by Pridon

View to Indurta, Tsovata, originally uploaded by grijsz.

Pridon Beroshvili is our newest member and also our host in Tusheti. Pridon is married to a Tush woman, they have two kids. He is working as a Data Base Developer in Tbilisi and his hobby are hunting rifles. ( )

He is active in supporting the reconstruction of a very old church in Kakheti, more info here on

Andreas Thieme, painters painter, Dresden

andreas-thieme5, originally uploaded by grijsz.

andreas-thieme4, originally uploaded by grijsz.

andreas-thieme3, originally uploaded by grijsz.

andreas-thieme2, originally uploaded by grijsz.

Ok, after Herr Holger John joined the Club as the best living German drawer a short time ago, today joined the Art Club from the same famous town of Dresden, the best living German painter (at least too me, and a few others) Herr Andreas Thieme.

I am incredible glad, as he told me, that he tries to join our little party in August, despite his duties in the studio. He said, he will eventually do some small drawings in Tusheti :-)

andreas-thieme1, originally uploaded by grijsz.

Willkommen Herr Thieme !

NEW: Painting by Maka Batiashvili: Teenager, 2008, 60x50cm

more by Maka Batiashvili can you find here >>>

The artist lives and works in Tbilisi, Georgia, where she was born in 1975. After her studies of monumental painting she devoted herself to smaller formats and video works that were shown in diverse exhibitions in Georgia. Her works are journeys into silent strange worlds – thanks to concentrated observations from an unusual perspective, and thanks to their references to Georgian everyday life. Apart from her work as artist Maka Batiashvili is member of the Georgian Artist Group and curates and organises political actions.

"Art is not only a means of pleasure, but also expression and establishment of freedom, the relation of the internal world to the surrounding environment (…), the conflict of idealism and realism, the relation between the existence and non-existence. The mentality of the artist is always related to the events around him, because these events create the art." (Maka Batiashvili)

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Where do we go... here you see: Reunion 2008 Tusheti

Plans getting concrete for the Art Club Caucasus International 1st Reunion in Tusheti 2nd half of August 2008

I hope that all of our members, who do want, can join our first Reunion. You should come to Tbilisi at around 15th or 16th of August. We stay 2 easy days in Tbilisi, to show you some studios and Art Cafes and then we move slowly to Kakheti, the Wine Region in Eastern Georgia, where we will have some glasses of wine, probably, we will stay in the village Alvani at different houses of my friends.

Then we go up in the mountains to Tusheti, and stay there 6-7-8 days, then we go back down, and the next day back to Tbilisi. Then you are free to enjoy some more time in Georgia, independent or in groups or all together, f.e. at the Black Sea beaches or somewhere else, but that will not organized by myself, as artists are against too much organizing I guess ;-))

So, we go to Kakheti on 17th of August and are back in Tbilisi probably by 26th or 27th.

If you are sure, that you want to join, please drop me a message at

All photos are by Trix Zürcher, Switzerland, who joined our last Cattle Drive in September/October 2007

See the whole set of Trix' photos here

Have fun !

Hans Heiner Buhr







Oleg Timchenko: Russian nude

Oleg Timchenko: Russian nude, originally uploaded by grijsz.

I met Oleg yesterday for the first after his return from a 3 month stay in Amsterdam, he is a must in our Club, and is our newest member

Oleg Timchenko

He is one of the finest guys around I was lucy to meet.

Oleg will have a big show End of May, around the 26th, at the Georgian Embassy in Den Haag with around 40 paintings. I post details as I inquire.

Oleg has no website yet, but a couple of his works can be found at Flickr here

and there is a nice portrait of Oleg here:

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Guy Richards Smit with Fred, London at Arco 08, Madrid

guy-richards-smit-watercolor, originally uploaded by grijsz.

New Works by Guy Richards Smit, who has a Solo Project with Fred, London at Arco 08, Madrid, February 15-17th, 2008, HALL 09 STAND 273

more info

FRED [London] Ltd.
45 Vyner Street
London E2 9DQ
T: +44 (0)20 8981 2987
F: +44 (0)20 8981 8912

and here more about this particular project at Fred's Gallery

Getting a haircut Tbilisi

getting-haircut-tbilisi-2, originally uploaded by grijsz.

Gldani, Tbilisi, Angela working

Old Tbilisi February Night

old-tbilisi-night5, originally uploaded by grijsz.

Alex came over from Brussels and we had some cool talks about the Club. He will stay here until late Autumn, maybe even settle in/near Tbilisi together with his wonderful mother.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Sławomir Mściwoj Gębczyński

Sławomir Gębczyński, From the series "Disposibles"

I am very glad to add

Sławomir Mściwoj Gębczyński

to the Art Club Caucasus, a fresh young artist from Szczecin, Poland

He describes himself as Journalist, Painter, Artist and Poet.

See Slaveks works at his blogs


Sławomir Gębczyński, From the series "Disposibles"