Artist Irine Kasrashvili, influenced by the flora of Cyprus, presented her three works, “Mevlevi Dervish”, “Flowers” and “Autumn” to the taste of art lovers, for the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts.
According to the information given by the Press and Public Relations Directorate of Near East University, artist Irine Kasrashvili depicting the whirling dervish accompanied by the figures and colors of Cyprus, painted the philosophy of Mevlana. The artist, who was influenced by the flora of Cyprus, in her works depicted “Autumn” and “Flowers” decorated with the motifs and colors of Cyprus in all her works.
The oldest traces of Mevlevism and Turkish Cypriots are exhibited in the Mevlevi Lodge in Nicosia, which was established after the Ottoman Empire conquered the island of Cyprus, and was converted into a museum since 2002. The dances of dervishes (whirling dervishes) are exhibited in the light of Mevlana’s philosophy that calls all humanity to peace and tolerance, without discrimination of religion, language and race.
Who is Irine Kasrashvili?
She was born in Tbilisi in 1958. She studied at the Tbilisi State Art Academy between 1978 and 1983. She worked as an art teacher at No:53 School between 2001-2003. She worked as a teacher at State A. S. Pushkin Pedagogical Institute between 1987-1992. She has been a member of the Georgian Textile Group since 1997.
Some of the national and international exhibitions she participated in;
1997 – First international textile art exhibition “Be a friend”, ‘The Museum System’, Gallery
1998 – Exhibition of Georgian textile group in modern art gallery
1999 – “Silk Road” second international exhibition of textile art, National Painting Gallery
2000 – Contemporary Georgian fiber art; Seam Gallery, Megadim, Israel
2001 – Georgian Textile Fair, Karvasla Gallery
2001 – “Crossroad” – Third international textile art exhibition, Tbilisi Karvasla History Museum.
2003 – 4. International Textile Art Exhibition, Tbilisi Karvasla History Museum
2005 – 5th Russian Decorative Arts Festival, Ivanovo, Russia
2005 – Georgian blanket and applique (XIX-XX centuries), Tbilisi Karvasla History Museum
2006 – Georgian art exhibition in Chicago, USA
2006 – Won the first prize in the International ‘Over the Head Blanket’ Competition and Exhibition organized by the American Quilt Alliance.
2007 – Quilt exhibition at ‘Racio’ Gallery
2008 – Textile art exhibition in “9” gallery
2010 – Group exhibition “Blanket – Textile Art”, gallery “Open Society Fund”
2010 – “Old and New Blankets” group exhibition – Georgian National Folklore Center
2010 – Quilt exhibition at the National Library of Georgia
2011 – US Embassy textile group exhibition
2012 – “Textile in Interior” Exhibition – Vetro Vario Gallery
2014 – The textile exhibition of Georgian artists held at the Apollo Kutateladze gallery at the Tbilisi State Art Academy.
2014 – “Barcelona Art Festival”, international exhibition at Spain Island Gallery
2016 – “315” exhibition, Chardin gallery
The artist opened many solo exhibitions:
2007 – Solo exhibition at the US Embassy in Georgia
2002 – Solo exhibition at the American school in Tbilisi
2003 – Solo exhibition at the United Nations Headquarters
2006 – Solo exhibition at ‘Center Point’ Gallery
2018 – Solo exhibition at the Chardin gallery