The exhibition “Summarizing cities. European Squares and Their Histories”

Date: 28 May 2019 – 10 June 2019

Museum: Tbilisi History Museum

Georgian National Museum presents the exhibition "Summarizing cities. European Squares and Their Histories" at Tbilisi History Museum.

The exhibition "Summarizing cities. European Squares and Their Histories"proposes a change of perspective regarding European urban squares. This might seem bold statement, but it should be understood literally first of all. Taken with a professional drone, the photographs of the exhibition show from the air the squares of a number of historical European cities. Famous squares in well known capitals, from the geographical edges of Europe. There are numerous studies, documentaries, and exhibitions about individual squares, there have been few attempts at offering a broad, continental perspective. 

The urban square is, quintessentially, a European historical and architectural phenomenon. The exhibition has a double side: architectural, but also anthropological, because the square is understood as a living place of the European city, a space which brings together both the community and the history of the city. A space which is not only defined by the buildings that border it, but which is also understood as being made of buildings and people, of buildings and their story, all of which contributes to the cultural identity of a certain place. A space where buildings are contained, for the square is more than architecture.

The project is supported by the Georgian National Museum, Embassy of Romania in Georgia, The Order of Architects in Romania - OAR and Romanian Presidency of the Council of The European Union and is implemented in several European cities.

Cătălin D. Constantin is a book publisher and teaches ethnology and anthropology at the Faculty of Letters, the University of Bucharest. He has coordinated a number of literature collections and has edited many photography books dedicated to Romanian cultural heritage. He has organized several photography exhibitions, both in Romania and abroad.

Exhibition Opening: May 28 | 17:30

Duration: May 28 - June 10, 2019

Venue: I. Grishashvili Tbilisi History Museum (Karvasla), 8, Sioni Str. Tbilisi, Georgia