and Reception with the Ambassador of Georgia to the UK, HE Tamar Beruchashvili

6.30 PM - 8.30 PM

WHERE: La Galleria Pall Mall, St. James's, London, SW1Y 4UY

Coinciding with the solo exhibition Bach Exercises
Exhibition Dates: 19 November - 8 December | 11.00am - 6.30pm
Katrine Levin Galleries at La Galleria Pall Mall

An exhibition by the iconic Georgian painter, Levan Lagidze, who returns to London for the first time in 20 years



Levan Lagidze: Bach Exercises 

WHEN: 19 November - 8 December, 2018

WHERE: La Galleria Pall Mall, St. James's, London, SW1Y 4UY

Levan Lagidze is one of Georgia's most significant living artists. His works are collected by national museums across the former USSR and in the US, including the iconic State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow and the National Gallery in Tbilisi. This autumn the Georgian Museum of Fine Arts in Tbilisi opened a new building with a hall dedicated to the artist’s work.

He is sought-after in the international art world but is notoriously reclusive and shy of wide exposure, preferring to exhibit exclusively in his own gallery in Tbilisi.  Katrine Levin Galleries is proud to be hosting Bach Exercises, the first major exhibition that the artist has agreed to outside Georgia in 20 years.

The exhibition title, "Bach Exercises", reflects the cadence in the paintings, where the myriad of tiny universes built up along a grid intermingle in a symphony of rich chromatic notes. Through this rhythm Lagidze seeks to know the universe through colour as Bach did through sound.

Colour is at the heart of Lagidze's work. Layers of colour and structure entice the viewer to look deeper into the paintings where they discover connections to universal narratives such as landscape and urbanisation.  



The Magical Worlds of Mamuka Didebashvilli 

WHEN: February - March, 2019

WHERE: Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, St. James's, London, SW1Y 4UY

Painting in the imprimatura Northern Renaissance technique, Mamuka Didebashvilli (b. 1968, Tbilisi) uses glazing to create depth of colour, contrast, and space, producing masterful figurative and abstracted works.  It is easy to get lost in his abstractions and find the warm, subtle humour in his figurative works.



Chen Li: Spirit of Landscape

WHEN: 17 - 23 June, 2018

WHERE: Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, St. James's, London, SW1Y 4UY

Following the excitement from the critically acclaimed solo show of Chen Li's reduction woodblock prints, this is Chen Li's third London solo show, showcasing his extraordinary lyrical paintings. Chen Li will make a rare appearance from China for the occasion.

Chen Li (b. 1971, Kunming) is an artist of vast imagination and superb range. Inspired by the spectacular landscapes and Buddhist philosophy of his native Yunnan Province, Chen Li weaves East and West into a unique visual language full of harmony, spontaneity, and a brilliant interplay of colours and textures. His poetic works are at once tranquil and dynamic, conveying a deep emotional impact and a great sense of joy.

Summer Breeze, 2016, 100 x 73cm reduced.jpg

A Talk by Dr. Katie Hill - Painting and Regionality in Contemporary China

WHEN: 21 June, 2018

Talk: 6:30 - 7:30 pm  |  Drinks and refreshments until 8:30 pm

WHERE: Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, St. James's, London, SW1Y 4UY

There is much more to Chinese Contemporary Art than we get to see in the West. Join us for a talk by Dr. Katie Hill about the variety of aesthetics in painting traditions that have evolved in the many regions of China since the 1980s.

Dr. Katie Hill is an author and art historian who regularly writes, edits and speaks about Asian Art in collaboration with institutions such as Tate Modern and the Hayward Gallery in London. Dr. Hill is also the Program Director for the MA in Modern and Contemporary Asian Art at Sotheby's Institute in London and the Director of the Office of Contemporary Chinese Art, a consultancy that works to promote Chinese artists in the UK.

The talk is part of our current solo exhibition by Chen Li, "Spirit of Landscape"


Reflections in a Blue Lake: Reduction Woodblock Prints by Chen Li

WHEN: 19 - 24 February, 2018

WHERE: Coningsby Gallery, London, W1T 4RJ

Chen Li's award-winning reduction woodblock prints bring his unique vision and abundant originality to an age-old technique, creating pure magic. Chen Li (b. 1971, Kunming) uses a rare woodblock reduction technique perfected in Yunnan. He prints all colours from a single woodblock, using thick oil-based colours that result in a mesmerising textured surface. Each step along this process destroys the previous one. Only a single edition can be printed and the process can never be repeated.

Wooden Houses Street, 1991, 63 x 55cm, 6:8.jpg

A talk by Dr. Anne Farrer, Texture, Design and Colour: the Reduction Print in Modern China

WHEN: 22 February, 2018

WHERE: Coningsby Gallery, London, W1T 4RJ

Talk: 6:30 - 7:30 pm  |  Drinks and refreshments: 6:00 - 8:30 pm

Dr. Anne Farrer is an author, curator, and historian of Chinese printmaking.

Dr. Farrer is currently Senior Research Fellow of the Muban Educational Trust and a Programme Director for the MA in East Asian Art at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art. She is a former Assistant Keeper of "Chinese Paintings, Prints, and the Chinese Central Asian Collections" at the British Museum where she has created major exhibitions. Her exhibitions and publications include Caves of the Thousand Buddhas: Chinese Art from the Silk RouteThe Brush Dances and the Ink Sings; and Chinese Printmaking Today: Woodblock Printing in China 1980-2000.


Gao Xiang: Interrogating Dreams

WHEN: 30 October - 4 November, 2017

WHERE: Coningsby Gallery, London, W1T 4RJ

Balancing between dreams and reality, East and West, Gao Xiang (b. 1971, Kunming) examines the human spirit, felt in the timelessness of his landscapes and the imagery of animals, especially the horse. For Gao Xiang, the horse is an extension of his soul and a symbol of the universe and Chinese traditions. This is the first U.K. exhibition by the internationally acclaimed artist whose works have been shown at the Today Museum in China and commissioned by the Grand Palais in Paris.


In Conversation with Gao Xiang

WHEN: 1 November, 2017

WHERE: Coningsby Gallery, London, W1T 4RJ

Katrine Levin Galleries invites you to a gallery tour and conversation with the internationally acclaimed Chinese contemporary artist Gao Xiang, from 12-2pm on Wednesday, 1st November.  Gao Xiang (b. 1971, Kunming) has been widely exhibited and collected by museums in Asia and in Europe. This is his first show in the U.K.


Chen Li: Paintings From the Heart

WHEN: 19 June - 1 July, 2017

WHERE: Coningsby Gallery, London, W1T 4RJ

Inspired by Buddhist philosophy and Yunnan's stunning landscapes, Chen Li (b. 1971, Kunming) weaves a unique visual language by fusing the gestural qualities of Chinese ink painting with the colours and textures of Western oil painting. This is the first U.K. exhibition of paintings and award-winning woodblock prints this extraordinary artist from China's Yunnan Province.