The Industrial Pedagogical Technicum [Exhibition]

Beginning in February of 2018, the legendary “Tbilisi Batman” sculpture by Zurab Tsereteli began to disappear from the facade of the former Industrial Technicum Theater. The destruction may have come as a surprise to the larger urban community, but was the manifestation of the complex politics and ownership of the Technicum, its highly informal urban ecology, and the depleted conditions in which its inhabitants live. The destruction of significant 20th Century public art, monuments, and architecture, however, is commonplace in post-Soviet Tbilisi.

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Collateral Event / Crematorium Tour

The Palace of rituals has become internationally well known, as a masterpiece of late soviet modernism. The building brought renown to his main architect Victor Jorbenadze. The palace of rituals is preceded by one important built project of the architect – the Mukhatgverdi cemetery complex. Here we can already observe the major architectural themes that reach maturation and individuality in palace of rituals. The function of the main building of the complex was a crematorium. Due to cultural barriers and technical obstacles, the building never served to this function.

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Michal Murawski and Claudio Vekstein Lectures

Dr. Michal Murawski will take a critical stance to the informality theme, pointing out that legal ambiguity over property ownership arrangements favors those with access to capital, power and the mechanisms of coercion – this is true in the post-socialist city, whereas in the post-socialist countryside it can be the other way around. He will speak about Warsaw, Moscow, and will be open for discussion about Tbilisi.
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