"The Dynasties - Parallel Perspectives"

Date: 27 June 2018 – 10 Sep. 2018

Museum: Tbilisi History Museum

Georgian National Museum and The Goethe Institute,  in connection with 200 years of relations between Germany and Georgia presents a project "The Dynasties - Parallel Perspectives" in Tbilisi History Museum.

The exhibition features almost century-long historic-cultural and, in particular, architectural legacy that has been created and developed in parallel in Germany and Georgia, representing two different architectural family dynasties - the Böhms and the Kurdianis - creating in Germany and Georgia respectively. The exhibition gives an overview of their creative history, emphasizing on parallelism in life.

Secular, public, sporting, residential, cultural, educational architectural objects - all these buildings are still functional both in Germany and Georgia and represent an integral element of their countries' identity. The display represents all epochs through which both countries and each of the families lived and created in parallel, though individually. The Böhms' architectural legacy has been repeatedly surveyed and acknowledged. The elderly member of the family, Gottfried Böhm is 98 years old today. He is the only German architect awarded the highest architectural prize - the Pritzker prize.

One may see exhibits and photos from the family archives associated with specific historic context. Documentaries will also be on display, featuring their creative life and key architectural projects created by the Böhms and the Kurdianis. The audience will have an opportunity to see compilation of photos by Harun Farocki (1944-2014) titled "Stalin's Museum in Gori" that is exhibited in Georgia, Karvasla Hall for the second time. In his photos, Farocki underscores the importance of contexts created by ideologies and/or political regimes, or even contemporary forms of powers in the universe, under the disguise and veil of culture. 


PHOTOGRAPHERS & ARTISTS: Philipp Bösel, Markus Böhm, Hermann Claasen, Maurizius Staerkle Drux (Film), Harun Farocki, Arne Hofmann, Andreas M. Kaufmann, Dieter Leistner, Sebastian Linnerz, Mario Lorenz, Giorgi Nebieridze, Lukas Roth, Arne Schmitt, Christopher Schroeer-Heiermann, Ulrich Schwarz, Sandro Sulaberidze

IN COLLABORATION WITH: Stephan Böhm Architekten, Cologne / Peter Böhm Architekten, Cologne / Architekturbüro Paul Böhm GmbH, Cologne / Gia and Archil Kurdiani Studio DYNASTY, Tbilisi

BÖHM ARCHIVE: DAM Deutsches Architekturmuseum Frankfurt

PHOTOGRAPHS BY HERMANN CLAASEN: LVR-Landesmuseum Bonn / Photographic Collection

PHOTOS BY HARUN FAROCKI: Harun Farocki GbR, Berlin

PHOTOS BY ARNE SCHMITT: Jacky Strenz Gallery, Frankfurt am Main

HISTORICAL PHOTOGRAPHS TBILISI: National Archives of Georgia / Sakinformi Photo Archive

The Author and Curator of the Exhibition: Irina Kurtishvili, Cologne.https://www.irinakurtishvili.com/dynasties


As part of the exhibition, the conditions for the emergence of postwar architecture in Germany will be discussed on the basis of the example of the city of Cologne. Böhm architects will present their practice and will discuss the architectural culture in which they work.

Date: Thursday, 28.06.2018, 4 to 6 p.m

Lecture: THE NEW INEQUALITY. A WALK THROUGH THE HISTORICAL COLOGNE OF TOMORROW by Arne Schmitt, artist, photographer, Cologne / Berlin

Panel discussion with Stephan Böhm, Peter Böhm and Paul Böhm / Cologne

Moderation: Irina Kurtishvili


Daily Program:

12 pm – 12:45 pm/ Film one

“Dinamo Stadium”

Directed by Shalva Shengelia

Documentary Film Studio "Georgian Public Broadcaster" 2010, 42.48 minutes in Georgian language.

The documentary depicts the construction of the stadium and its reconstruction history since 1936 to 2010. The film displays unique archival materials from the history of Tbilisi sport.

1 pm – 1:30 pm/ Film Two

“Unite Family”

Directed by Sopho Chakvetadze

Georgian Patriarchate's TV "Ertsulovneba" 2009. 29 minutes, in Georgian language.

The documentary tells a story about Kurdiani family - the past, present and future of the Georgian architects.

4 pm – 5:40 pm / Film Three

“Böhms – Architecture of the One Family” 

Directed by Maurizius Staerkle Drux.

Germany - Switzerland, 2014. 84 minutes, German language with the English subtitles.

The film reviews the Germany of 20th century and its present; The film reflects the history of the German architects family and their attitude to each other. 

Exhibiton Duration: June 27 - September 10, 2018

Address: Tbilisi History Museum (Karvasla), 8 Sioni Str. Tbilisi, Georgia.