Galerie Kornfeld’s first exhibition is dedicated Natela Iankoshvili (1918 – 2007). The painter is considered as the most significant Georgian artist of the 20th Century. Natela Iankoshvili studied at the Art Academy in Tbilisi and presented her work in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Georgia and the Soviet Union. She received several awards, including the Shota Rustaveli-Prize, the most prestigious art prize in Georgia. Her main themes were portraits and landscapes, whereby she developed an entirely new visual language. The works exhibited are from different phases, giving an overview of her oeuvre. Galerie Kornfeld will present the first solo exhibition of her work in Germany. A catalog of the exhibition will be published by Kehrer Verlag.
About the artist
Born in 1918 in Tbilisi, Georgia
Passed in 2007 in Tbilisi, Georgia
Iankoshvili studied at the Art Academy in Tbilisi. She showcased an early departure from the grim representation of idealized scenes of Communist reality towards a more vibrant, individualistic painterly style. Themes such as motherhood and femininity replaced the pseudo-ethnographic sexless depictions of female workers of the 1950s and 1960s. Her travels cemented in her work a desire to freely depict imagery usually unseen to the typically isolated Soviet Union where to exist as an artist was to conform to societies stringent masculine norms.