Thea Djordjadze, photo credits Vogueit

Thea Djordjadze

Georgia 1971

Installation, Sculpture

Thea Djordjadze
Thea Djordjadze
May 17, 2016

Creating installations of sculptural objects, Thea Djordjadze creates works that are placed so as to depend on each other and on space of their installation. Combining common sculptural materials, as wood or plaster with the household objects like foam and linoleum, she finds her inspiration in modernist architecture and design. Her geometric constructions convey a certain tension between materials and forms. The linoleum floor covering, typical for the kitchens from the early 20th century somewhat reveals the influences of growing up in former communist Georgia. The form and layout of her works often mimic the exhibition furniture, including vitrines and plinths.

Thea Djordjardze - Untitled, 2013 london list berlin view gallery new artist magers 2015 exhibition venice
Thea Djordjardze – Untitled, 2013

Formal Education and Exhibitions

Djordjadze was born in Tbilisi, Georgia. She started her studies at the Academy of Arts in Tbilisi, but the school was closed due to the civil war. She left the country and entered the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, but after one year, she moved at the Kustakademie in Dusseldorf. Her work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows, of which is the Georgian Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale and the 5th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art in 2008. From 1999 Djordjadze was a member of the artist group hobbypopMUSEUM which was using the old postal building in Dusseldorf for their activities and exhibitions. They printed several catalogues and were invited to show in San Francisco. She left the group in 2003, even they are still active.

Djordjadze was a member of the artist group hobbypopMUSEUM

Thea Djordjardze - As Sagas Sa, 2012 london list berlin view gallery new artist magers 2015 exhibition venice
Thea Djordjardze – As Sagas Sa, 2012

Titles with the Deeper Meaning

Creating hybrid compositions that respond to the modernist aesthetics, Djordjadze uses the materials as ceramic, wood, glass conjoined with different fabrics, sponge or soap, indicating the realm of feminine domesticity. Assembled by the intuition, these pieces collide with strict architectural forms. The interesting characteristic of her work is the titles that always refer to popular culture, films, literature. She often invites the viewer to participate in some kind of research in which is included the transformation and installation of the objects. As Sagas Sa is a perfect example of her sculptural micro-universe – a combination of some old museum’s vitrine and strange object from the 70’s sci-fi classic.

She creates hybrid compositions that respond to the modernist aesthetics

Thea Djordjardze - Pampel, 2006 view gallery london list view gallery london list
Thea Djordjardze – Pampel, 2006

Space as the Part of Installation

Djordjedze spends time in the space she exhibits, absorbing the character and energy that will help her to transform her sculptural works into an installation. Finding the inspiration in the material and atmospheric qualities of the room, she makes the artworks that unnoticed infiltrate our reading and understanding of it. She shifts the perspective on the space, provoking the viewer to question the use of the setting. Producing the new formal structures with surprising potential, Djordjadze masterfully extends the language of the sculpture.

Thea Djordjadze lives and works in Berlin.

Featured image: Thea Djordjadze, photo credits

All images courtesy of the Sprüth Magers Gallery

YearExhibition titleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Projects 103: Thea Djordjadze MoMA PS1, New YorkSolo
2016TeleGen. Art and TelevisionKunstmuseum Liechtenstein, VaduzGroup
2016Sammlung mit losen Enden – Einsichten und Aussichten Kunsthaus NRW – Aachen, AachenGroup
2015Ma Sa i a ly e a se – de South London Gallery, LondonSolo
2015Thea Djordjadze Frieze London Project, LondonSolo
2015Love or the lack of it Travesia Cuatro, MadridGroup
201556th Biennale: All the world’s futures La Biennale di Venezia, VeniceGroup
2015Le regole del gioco Studio Achille Castiglioni, MilanGroup
2015Aerger Im Paradies Bundeskunsthalle, BonnGroup
2014Thea Djordjadze MIT. List Visual Art Center, CambridgeSolo
2014Thea Djordjadze Galerie Mayer Kainer Gallery, ViennaSolo
2014QUIZ Poirel Gallery, NancyGroup
2014Re: Museum – Zeitgenössische Kunst aus Deutschland, Georgien, Armenien und Aserbaidschan Museum Dimitri Shevardnadze National Gallery Tbilisi, GeorgiaGroup
2014The Brancusi Effect-The Archival Impulse Kunsthalle Wien, ViennaGroup
2014In Some Other Way Elba Benitez Gallery, MadridGroup
2014Post-Postminimal Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. GallenGroup
2014Il Piedistallo vuoto. Fantasmi dall’Est Europa Museo Civico Archeologico di Bologna, BolognaGroup
2013Oxymoron Grey kaufmann repetto, MilanSolo
2013Our Full Mudam Musée d’art Moderne, LuxemburgSolo
2013Thea Djordjadze Aspen Art Museum, AspenSolo
2013Our Full Kunstverein Lingen Kunsthalle, LingenSolo
2013November Kolnischer Kunstverein Köln, CologneSolo
2013Kamikaze Loggia, Georgian Pavilion, 55th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia 2013, VeniceGroup
2013Utopie beginnt im Kleinen - Utopia strts small, 12 Fellbacher Triennale 22, FellbachGroup
2013Six Memos for the next…, Magazin 4 Bregenzer Kunstverein, BregenzGroup
2013Nouvelles Impressions de Raymond Roussel Palais de Tokyo, ParisGroup
2013Words of Love and Life Galerie Micky Schubert, BerlinGroup
2013Superusurpedsupper, perfomance-project the Nomas Foundation, RomeGroup
2013Mind is Outer Space Casey Kaplan Gallery, New YorkGroup
2013Magma Dye Transfer Editions Paris bar, Bureau N, BerlinGroup
2012 Thea Djordjadze Spruth Magers, LondonSolo
2012Our Full Malmö Kunsthall, Malmö, Sweden Solo
2012The castle in the air ZAMEK, Centre of Culture, PoznanGroup
2012Organic Centre d’art contemporain, GenevaGroup
2012Olinka, or where the movement is created Museo Tamayo, Mexico CityGroup
2012Sculptural Matter ACCA Australian Center for Contemporary Art, MelbourneGroup
2011Let me disclose the gifts reserved for age Rat Hole Gallery, TokyoSolo
2011Lost promise in a room The Common Guild, GlasgowSolo
2011Casualties Galerie Meyer Kainer, ViennaSolo
2011His vanity requires no response Contemporary Art Museum St. LouisSolo
2011Quiet speech in wide circulation Kiosk, GhentSolo
2011Beholder Talbot Rice Gallery, EdinburghGroup
2011Pour un art Pauvre Carré d’art, NimesGroup
2011Jahresgaben 2011-2012 Kunstverein Hamburg, HamburgGroup
2011Essential Art Frankfurter Kunstverein, FrankfurtGroup
2011Frauenzimmer Museum Morsbroich, LeverkusenGroup
2011To See Dimensions. Artists from Georgia Lunds Konsthall, LundGroup
2010 Thea Djordjadze kaufmann repetto, MilanSolo
2010Thea Djordjadze: Boat, Now Castillo Corrales, ParisSolo
2010Die 7 Lärmlampen Dommuseum zu Salzburg, SalzburgSolo
2010Capital Letter Foksal Gallery Foundation, WarsawSolo
2010Aporien der Liebe BQ, BerlinGroup
2010Mental Archeology, Kunstverein Nürnberg Nuremberg and Centre d’art contemporain d’Ivry, Le Crèdac, Ivry-sur-SeineGroup
20105×5 Castello 10, Espai d’art contemporani de Castello(EACC) Castellón de la Plana, SpainGroup
2010The New Décor Hayward Gallery, LondonGroup
2009Occasional Exercise Micky Schubert, BerlinSolo
2009Thea Djordjadze Westlondonprojects, LondonSolo
2009Explain away Sprüth Magers, BerlinSolo
2009Endless Enclosure Kunsthalle Basel, BaselSolo
2009All that is Solid Melts into air De Garage, Mechelen, NetherlandsSolo
2009Your Gold Teeth II Marianne Boesky, New YorkGroup
2009Remote Memories, Kai 10 Raum für Kunst, DüsseldorfGroup
2009In May (After October) Gallery TPW, TorontoGroup
2008Kaffeesatzlesen (Performance) Kunsthalle Zürich, ZurichSolo
2008Thea Djordjadze Sprüth Magers, CologneSolo
2008Kunstverei Nuremberg, NurembergSolo
2008Un soir, j’ai assis la beauté sur mes genoux. And I found her bitter and i hurt her Sprüth Magers, BerlinDuo
2008Jahresgaben 2008 2009 Kunstverein Nürnberg, NurembergGroup
2008Transformational Grammars francesca kaufmann, MilanGroup
2008Walking in many different directions, KIT Kunst im Tunnel Mannesmannufer Düsseldorf, DüsseldorfGroup
2008After October Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York Art Berlin Contemporary, BerlinGroup
2007Un soir, j’ai assis la beauté sur mes genoux. And I found her bitter and i hurt her Sprüth Magers, LondonDuo
2007Possibility Nansen Studio Voltaire, LondonSolo
2007History of an Encounter Galerie Micky Schubert, BerlinSolo
2007Atelierstipendiaten des Kölnischer Kunstverein, Die Brücke Kölnischer Kunstverein Köln, CologneGroup
2007Élégance, Kölnischer Kunstverein 9. Biennale de Lyon 2007, LyonGroup
2007And I found her bitter and i hurt her Sprüth Magers, LondonGroup
2006Pampel Frauenplatz, MunichSolo
2006A room of ones own Zülpicher Platz, CologneDuo
2006Let’s stay alive till Monday Children National Gallery, TbilisiGroup
2006Modus: Automne Frotté Kunst Halle St. Gallen, St. GallenGroup
2006Gregor Schneider: Totalschaden Bonner Kunstverein, BonnGroup
20052 Bar Ornella, CologneSolo
2005Südstadtvirus Studio Voltaire, LondonDuo
20057 Sprüth Magers Lee, LondonGroup
2005Open garden Fortescue Avenue, LondonGroup
2005I will Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf, DüsseldorfGroup
2005Play Stadtmuseum Düsseldorf, DüsseldorfGroup
200511 Bar Ornella, CologneGroup
2004Rheinschau Art Cologne 2004, CologneGroup
2004Für die Kunstruktion des Unmöglichen European Kunsthalle, CologneGroup
2004Auf dem Berlich Cologne, CologneGroup
2003Utopia Station – Postersection Arsenale, VeniceGroup
2003L’Ananas Bianco Palazzo Zenobia, VeniceGroup
2002Salon de Thé HamburgGroup
2001Zero Gravity Kunstverein, DüsseldorfGroup
2000Due Dimensioni, Nuova Pescheria Rovigo and Deutsche Welle, CologneGroup
2000Klasse Trockel Kunstraum, DüsseldorfGroup
2000ArtGrus Dom, MoscowGroup
1999Spiel des Lebens Hauptpost, Düsseldorf, München, Hamburg, Antwerpen, London, San FranciscoGroup
1998Due Dimensioni Accademia di Belle Arti, VeniceGroup
1998MayDay Böhlerwerke, DüsseldorfGroup
1997Klasse Krieg Galerie Timm Gierig, FrankfurtGroup

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