SERGO KOBULADZE

(1909-1978)

Sergo Kobuladze is one of the bravest and most passionate representatives of Georgian graphics, theatre art and painting history. He ventured into cultures and epochs – from Dante to Rustaveli and showed a remarkable result! 

He was just 25 years old when he started to do illustrations on order for ‘The Knight in the Panther’s Skin.’ 

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Kobuladze worked in the Zakaria Paliashvili State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre as an artist from 1931. Kote Marjanishvili invited him to the theatre in 1932 and from that time he actively collaborated with the theatre. Kobuladze decorated performances in Marjanishvili and Rustaveli theatres, the Zakaria Paliashvili State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre and the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre. The artist was awarded with significant honors for decorating opera performance ‘Tariel’s Story’ by M. Shvelidze (1947) and ballet ‘Light’ by G. Kilaze, staged the same year. Kobuladze was a lecturer at Tbilisi State Art Academy, after which he became a professor and a rector of the Academy in 1952 – 1959. 

The artist took active part in exhibitions in Moscow and other cities from 1930 onwards. In the 1950s his works were sent to Venice and London. 

Sergo Kobuladze created a ceremonial curtain for the Zakaria Paliashvili State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre in 1960. The curtain was restored and hung in the newly repaired Opera House in 2016, after a six-year interval of reparation works. 

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