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Friday, April 25, 2008

The French Journalist Nicolas Landru

nicolas, originally uploaded by grijsz.

joined the Art Club Caucasus International. I am very happy !

Nicolas writes at

and you find works at

Nicolas is fluent in many languages, including German, English, Russian, Georgian and stays actually for a longer period of 4+ month in Tbilisi. You may contact him at:

A first draft of Who joins Tusheti (probably) so far

this list will update from time to time

Start from Tbilisi: 17.08. 10 am
Return to Tbilisi: 27.08. 8 pm (who needs can of course go earlier back)

Hans Heiner Buhr
Ralph Rapho Hälbig
Eno Henze
Graf Oto von Rubin
Avto Meskhi
Alex JTB
Oleg Timchenko
Misha Shengelia
Rusiko Oat
Pridon Beroshvili
Murtazi Shvelidze
Lado Pochkhua
Elizabeth Eagen ?
Irma Sharikadze ?
Nino Biniashvili ?
Guy Richards Smit ?
Andreas Thieme ?
Timo Vogt ?

(?) means still under question

Who else thinks about to join seriously ?

Best regards, Hans ( )

Thursday, April 24, 2008

tbilisiDEEPart 3 on the financial efficiency to go by car from Germany to Europe

and in the "Mandarins of Tbilisi" section on the curator Magda Guruli

read your copy here:

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Lado Pochkhua's art on "ARTISTA" design bags

ARTISTA is a design firm in Budapest with outlets in Vienna and around Europe - you can find ARTISTA designs here. They recently put some of my art on their bags for the spring collection. I'll put more pictures on my blog.

Sunday, April 20, 2008


mirror2, originally uploaded by grijsz.

Chardin Bar Tbilisi

2nd issue of Tbilisi Deep Art is out

chardin bar tbilisi

chardin bar tbilisi, originally uploaded by grijsz.

Holger John about his work

An interview in English by Emma O´Brien:

Is German artist Holger John in love with himself?

The Ex Berliner, 26. 11. 2002 read here


ht-run-5, originally uploaded by grijsz.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

cafe horse thief

cafe horse thief, originally uploaded by grijsz.

see full size:

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Dürer: Head of a stag

head_of_stag Albrecht Dürer, originally uploaded by grijsz.

I never had seen this work before, but I am so impressed, that I post it here:


Some updates regarding our Reunion in Tusheti, August 2008

niva, originally uploaded by grijsz.

I had a chat this afternoon with Daniel from Romania about the planned trip to Tusheti.
I post here parts of it for you, to be informed. Please let me know, if somebody of you decided more or less 100% to join: Best regards, Hans Heiner Buhr

Guest: hello Hans! I am Daniel Balanescu. Can you give me more details about the planned Reunion in August? Hope to not disturb you...

me: No, no problem, the idea is, that, so far as the Art Club Caucasus exists only in the web, that our members meet each other and maybe work together, or work alone, on a nice journey, once a year, and this year I decided to go to the Mountain region of Tusheti in Eastern Georgia

Guest: that is a great idea! It is better than Paris ...

me: See these links here

Guest: Where is the link?



So, the idea is, to meet and being in an exotic place and discuss and make art for that it becomes a real force ...more than an idea, but of course

I know, that not everybody can and wants to join

this year, so its just a possibility I organize... this Summer maybe 15 artists in Tusheti and next year 20 somewhere else in the Caucasus...

Guest: it is so good that you start it.

me: because artists around the world have the same problem: they are single fighting for recognition, but I want to combine the interest in a region like the Caucasus with the interest in new related art and artists

Guest: I wish so much to be there! but for me with my new child, I don't know well what I will do in the future. I don't want to cause any trouble.

me: Yes, sure, its no problem, I know, I have myself 3 children of 7, 5 and 2 years, I know the problems...

Guest: may be next year it will be possible. I talk with my wife and she can let me go ! [smile])))

me: so nobody needs to come, just who wishes and can effort time and money...

Guest: you are a rich person! with your children!

me: there are many people from Germany, who can not come for certain reasons...

Guest: Hans can you tell me, just for have an idea, how much money need an artist for this ?

me: I calculated 300 EUR for here, but plus the prices you pay for the flight

Guest: I will see also with the plane ticket etc. . but I am interested because I want to join you there once.

me: I calculate for the cheapest price possible, and money we do not need, every artist gets back... So, I also run a Tourism Company, but that project is not a part of my tourism, I do not want to make any money from the Art Club from our journeys

me: because Tourism is Tourism and the Art Club is something else, and most artists do not have a lot of money to spend, but still we need to pay something for our transport, food and accommodation

Guest: it is normal Hans! and is better for you also to find good things and if it is necessary to pay by the artist, I don't think it will be a problem

me: So, everybody who joins, should come here by 15th-16th August to Tbilisi, that we can startour adventure on the 17th to Tusheti

Guest: What about the temperature in August in the Mountains ?

me: It can be warm like 25-30 Celsius in the sun, but as we are on 2000 m altitude and higher, at night it can be close to zero already.

Guest: ok. thank you again for all! If I can help you with something from here,let me know!

me: where we will stay 8-9 days and after that, everybody is free to return home or to continue the stay in Georgia individually, ok, now I gave you the facts

Guest: Ok. I understand.

me: and you have time, to make your plans and think about it otherwise you can of course also join next summer to a different destination in the Caucasus

tusheti-road2, originally uploaded by grijsz.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Daniel Balanescu

...Romania, strategically a very important partner to Georgia today, I am glad to greet Daniel Balanescu in our club !

Profession: fine artist,textile designer,costume painter,etc.

Country: Romania

City: Bucarest



"Most of my paintings are inspired by the turmoil of our times. Being born and having spent my childhood in Romania’s mining area, it was difficult to run out of inspiration. But when Romania opened its doors and windows to the world, I saw there was a lot out there, too. And it was not exactly what I had imagined. After all, my paintings are a lot about human nature and what comes out of it in unusual circumstances."

Ioana who forget all the time something

Daniel joins the reunion in August in Tusheti, how develop your plans for this summer ?

Graf Oto von Rubin

painter, originally uploaded by leluchi.

Photo: Lela Meparishvili

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

tbilisi Deep art

patricia london ante paris from Munich is now the second time in Georgia for a longer work period. She comes with an open mind, fresh ideas and her cool art instinct.

The newest project is a 1-page Art zine she is publishing with the first issue today in exactly 24 issues. The first issue is out today on April 15th, the second tomorrow and so on. She hands it out printed and sends it as a PDF. Its called: Tbilisi Deep Art
(sounds to me like an art submarine docked in the wrong port;))

dear friends!
i am happy to announce you today the first edition of my new magazine
tbilisi DEEPART.
until my departure from tbilisi in july 08 there will appear 24 free numbers
of DEEPART, which cover reports on tiflis and art in the top half.
the second part presents "The Mandarins Of Tiflis", portraits of the tbilisi
art scene, i had made in winter.
the title "The Mandarins Of Tiflis" quotes simone de beauvoir's book
"the mandarins of paris". there she describes the paris artscene, the
secret rulers of paris during german occupation.
"The Mandarins of Tiflis" also refers to the future export good mandarines.
i hope DEEPART transports some of the immensely creative art potential
of tbilisi and evokes your interest,
with cordial regards
patricia london ante paris
artist - editor

patricia london ante paris
elvirastr. 4/ rgb.
d- 80636 muenchen
mobile tiflis: 891163076

You can download the first issue as PDF (135 kb) here:

Derkovits Prize, Ernst Museum Budapest.

The exhibition arranged in the Ernst Museum has become a forum for the introduction of young hungarian artists. Why we don't have something similar in Georgia?

Derkovits Prize, Ernst Museum Budapest.

Sheikhs from Arabia visiting Georgia and the Contemporary Art Scene

new-sheikhs2, originally uploaded by grijsz.

One of the smartest Art Sheikhs in Georgia: Oleg Timchenko ;-))

sheikhi, originally uploaded by grijsz.

Me with the Scheikhs

heiner-geld, originally uploaded by grijsz.

ellor eniek tlpeips dleg

Monday, April 14, 2008

Wim Delvoye's "Cloaca".

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Dancing boogie woogie by R▲▲S

Animation by


"Please note the original is of course Mondriaans painting: Victory Boogie Woogie, 1942-44.
This was just a little experiment since I was wondering that, if there is this formalistic approach to glitching, is it close to abstraction and what are the connections to Mondriaans' formalism?"


I test a Mash up

just notes I took on the web, everything links back to the original source, a sort of Art and News Mix

Powerfull installations by Kjell Varvin

I know Kjell for a couple of month. He is making superb installations. Check out here:

Meese at CFA Berlin

This is one of my favorite Contemporary Art Sets these days: Meese at Contemporary Fine Arts

and the sculptures are the best stuff in this category I have seen for years

Saturday, April 12, 2008


A lot of people do not like the integration of Video into Flickr- I like it ;-))

Studiovisit "Kosto" Konstantin Sulaberidze

Kosto telling some funny story

Konstantin Sulaberidze and his wife Nino Chilashvili are our newest members in The Art Club Caucasus. I know Konstantin and his work since 1996 and I am very happy that his art in the last 2 or 3 years is doing extremely well and gaining recognition, not only in the Caucasus, but in Russia and Europe as well.

See here some impressions from his studio in Saburtalo:

This is Kostos first Oil painting, which he did with 13. He was painting it over 10-12 days and the chicken started to rot.

Kosto and Nino, April 2008

You can download a PDF with Konatantin's work at Sophia Tabatadze's GeoAir project here