[LESSER KNOWN ART GROUP OF THE 1920s TIFLIS]

[LESSER KNOWN ART GROUP OF THE 1920s TIFLIS]

Item #631

Katalog 2-oi vystavki “Malyi krug”: Mai 1919 g. [i.e. Catalogue for the 2nd Exhibition of
Malyi Krug: May 1919]. [Tiflis, 1919]. [14] pp. 11,5x9 cm. In original printed wrappers.
Fine, inscription on t.p. (pencil).
[Malyi Krug] 3-ya vystavka kartin. Sezon 1920 g. [i.e. The 3rd Exhibition of Paintings.
Season of 1920]. [Tiflis, 1920]. [8] pp. 14,5x11 cm. In original printed wrappers. Near
fine, soiling on the wrappers, numbers in pencil on the rear wrapper.
First and only editions. Extremely rare provincial editions.
In the 1910s in Tiflis (former Tbilisi убрать город назвался и так и так)
the first artistic associations and groups begin to appear, these were usually small
groups of like-minded artists. The artistic life of Tbilisi in these turbulent years of the
revolution was notable for its great diversity - various art groups actively participated
in it. For example, the first charitable organization, the Society of Mutual Assistance
of Caucasian Artists, or Union of Armenian Artists ‘Ayartun’ or the most famous futurist
group 41 degrees. The same year 41 degrees was established, the first exhibition of
one more art group Malyi Krug [i.e. Small Circle] was held on May 12th, 1918. Among
exhibitors were A. Zal’zman, A. Florenskaya, K. Ogadzhanov. Malyi Krug consisted of
chosen artists oriented on the traditions of the late Mir Iskusstva [i.e. World of Art] as
a counterweight to academics and new radicals and avant-gardists.
The next year the second show was held with 15 artists presented: S.
Sudeikin, S. Sorin, Lado Gudiashvili, M. Toidze, E. Lansere, D. Kakabadze, A. Bazhbeuk-
Melikov, S. Valishevsky and others. The year 1919 was interesting because the first big exhibition of Georgian artists was arranged but at the same time a wave of Russian
artists and writers came to Tiflis escaping revolution and stirring things up in this
oasis. This exhibition of Malyi Krug was presenting both, Georgian and Russian art, old
school and new school.
It was opened from May 20th in Tiflis studio until June 2nd. The catalogue
for the exhibition was printed with all artists listed in alphabetical order (in Cyrillic
and Latin transcription) and titles of their works (145 works according to the catalogue
including paintings and drawings). In the newspaper “Kavkazskoe slovo” [i.e. Word of
the Caucasus] review by poet Sergei Gorodetsky was published in which he focused
on three Petrograd artists, Sudeikin, Sorin and Lansere, and mostly on progress and
importance of Sudeikin’s art after the war and Revolution (Sudeikin presented 23
works).
The third and last exhibition was held next year which united such artists
like Igor’ Terentiev, Kirill Zdanevich, Pirosmani, Lansere, Olga Safonova, K. Tir, E.
Kocheryan, A. Zal’zman and others, overall 14 artists.
A rare survival of the time and interesting evidence of the most important
era from another point of view.
It is unknown whether a catalogue for the first exhibition was ever printed, it is fair to
assume that it was not since no copies were found in libraries or on sale. No copies of the
second catalogue in the Worldcat. Only one copy of the third catalogue located at Beinecke
Library (Yale).

Price: $3,500.00

Status: On Hold