Exhibitions/Talks

19 NOVEMBER - 8 DECEMBER 2018

 

Levan Lagidze: Bach Exercises 

WHEN: 19 November - 8 December, 2018

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

The iconic and reclusive Georgian painter, Levan Lagidze, returns to London for the first time in 20 years with "Bach Exercises", an exhibition of new works created specifically for the show.

The exhibition title, "Bach Exercises", derives from his perception of Bach. “Listening to Bach I see the infinite … Each measure, rhythm, accent and pause is so precise that his music is always new and unexpected. This is the magic of universal composition. The music you can see or the painting you can listen to…” (Levan Lagidze)

I don’t want to surprise or to shock you, I only want to share with you

The theme of looking deep beneath the surface and sharing experiences in harmony and gratitude, combined with a sense of playfulness, runs throughout Lagidze’s textured and vibrant work which shares through abstraction such universal narratives as landscape and urbanisation.

I don’t believe that in today’s world the function of art is to shock, provoke or surprise its viewers,” he says. “Rather, it carries a mission for harmonious existence and happiness. A relationship with painting is a participation in this infinite happy game.

Inside Every Square of His Works is a Separate Universe

Lagidze says that creating a composition is like “measuring eternity with careful steps”. As Nana Jorjadze, the Oscar-nominated Georgian film director, aptly described, “inside every square of Levan Lagidze's work is a separate universe”.

Levan Lagidze’s artworks are collected by the iconic Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow and by national museums across the former USSR countries and in the United States. Born in 1958 in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, Lagidze graduated from Tbilisi State Academy of Arts in 1981. He founded and led an artist’s studio at the Tbilisi Artists’ House in 1983 and served as Chairman of Georgia´s Young Artists’ Union from 1986 to 1989. In 2011, he founded the Lagidze Gallery in Tbilisi.

 

CONVERSATION WITH LEVAN LAGIDZE
and Reception with the Ambassador of Georgia to the UK, HE Tamar Beruchashvili

WHEN: WEDNESDAY 28 NOVEMBER
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

RSVP REQUESTED

 

FUTURE EXHIBITIONS

The Magical Worlds of Mamuka Didebashvilli 

WHEN: February - March, 2019

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

Painting in the Northern Renaissance technique of imprimatura, Mamuka Dideba (b. 1968, Georgia) uses layers of clear glazing to allow light to penetrate all the way to the canvas and reflect back through layers of colour, lighting the painting from within. Known for his masterful technique, Dideba is equally powerful in figurative and abstract genres.  It is easy to get lost in his abstractions and to find the warm and subtle humour in his figurative works.

 

PAST EXHIBITIONS

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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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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.