Tea Jorjadze

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Tea Jorjadze (Georgian: თეა ჯორჯაძე; born 1971 in Tbilisi, Georgia) is a contemporary artist. Jorjadze has lived in Germany since 1994 and since 2009, has been based in Berlin. She is best known for sculpture and installation art, but also works in all other media (Drawing, Painting, Printing, Performance, Video art, Music, et al.).


Tea Jorjadze studied at the Academy of Arts in Tbilisi from 1988–1993. Due to the Georgian Civil War the school was closed in 1993. Jorjadze left the country and became a student at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. After one year she left the Netherlands for the Staatliche Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, where Professor Dieter Krieg (until 1997) and Professor Rosemarie Trockel (1998–2001) became her teachers. She graduated as Meisterschüler of Rosemarie Trockel in 2000.[1]

In 1996, she went back to Tbilisi to catch up on her bachelor of arts.

From 1999 on, Jorjadze was a member of the artist group hobbypopMUSEUM, alongside for example Björn Dahlem, Bettina Furler, Christian Jendreiko, Matthias Lahme, Dietmar Lutz, André Niebur, Sophie von Hellerman, and Markus Vater. The group was running a studio in a former postal building in Düsseldorf, which they also used regularly as an exhibition space. The collective released several catalogs as well as records, such as Studio Apartment. hobbypopMUSEUM was invited to shows in San Francisco, by Luc Tuymans, then curator of the NICC in Antwerp, and by the Tate Gallery. In 2003, Djordjadze stopped working with hobbypopMUSEUM (the artist group still exists).[2]

With Rosemarie Trockel she worked on several occasions, including the Venice Biennale in 2003, Kunsthalle St. Gallen in 2006, and the 11th Biennale de Lyon in 2007.

Tea Jorjadze is represented by Galerie Monika Sprüth Philomene Magers London and Berlin, by Galerie Micky Schubert (Berlin), and Kaufmann Repetto (Milan).


Tea Jorjadze works with materials like plaster, wood, ceramic, glass, along with fabrics, sponge, soap, cardboard or papier-mâché – more openly suggestive of a sphere of feminine domesticity. They are assembled in what looks like an almost intuitive process, where unformed, premature pieces collide with / or rest on precise architectural or domestic structures: hybrid compositions with references to the modernist language.

In her works and their titles, she refers to popular culture, film (e.g. Augen ohne Gesicht, 2000), architecture (e.g. le Corbusier in Mondi Possibli 2006), (popular) science and hermetism (e.g. edition Die Mathematik, 2001, installation o.T. (Dipol), 2003, or performances WahrSagen, 2001, and Kaffeesatzlesen, 2008), literature (e.g. Je n'ai besoin de personne pour me souvenir Lilya Brik and Vladimir Mayakovsky or in Archäologie, Politik, Politik, Archäologie, Archäologie, Politik, Politik, Archäologie Andrè Malraux and Joseph Brodsky), as well as Georgian arts and crafts and culture (e.g. in incorporating carpets in her work or in quoting Niko Pirosmani in 2001).

The viewer is often invited into an ongoing research, in which the transformation and assemblage of materials is sedimented in the objects. Der Knacks (i.e. the crack) (2007), a plaster sculpture broken and then reassembled in an in-stable formation is emblematic of the artist’s method of production. The title of the work refers to Francis Scott Fitzgerald’s The Crack Up, in which break or failure is indicated as the center part of the creative process.[3][4][5]

Honors and Grants[edit]

In 2001, Jorjadze was awarded the Reise-Stipendium (travel grant) of SK-Stiftung Düsseldorf and Peter-Mertes-Stipendium; in 2004 the NRW-Stipendium für Künstlerinnen mit Kindern (scholarship for female artists with children of the state NRW) and Atelier–Stipendium der Imhoff–Stiftung und des Kölnischen Kunstvereins (studio grant); in 2006, she was invited by Sommerakademie des Zentrum Paul Klee and in 2007 to an artist residency by Artist-run space Studio Voltaire London, in 2008 she was granted a Arbeitsstipendium (work grant) of Kunststiftung NRW and the Katalogstipendium der Alfried-Krupp-von-Bohlen-und-Halbach-Stiftung (catalog grant). In 2009, she received the Kunstpreis der Böttcherstraße in Bremen.[6]

Selected Shows[edit]

Selected Solo Shows[edit]

  • 2011: Let me disclose the gifts reserved for age, Rat Hole Gallery Tokyo
  • 2011: Lost promise in a room, The Common Guild, Glasgow
  • 2011: His vanity requires no response, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
  • 2011: Quiet speech in wide circulation, Kiosk Ghent
  • 2010: Boat, now., castillo/corrales Paris
  • 2010: Foksal, Warsaw
  • 2009: Kunsthalle Basel
  • 2009: West London Projects London
  • 2009: Explain away - ე.ი., Galerie Monika Sprüth Philomene Magers Berlin
  • 2009: Occasional Exercise, Galerie Micky Schubert Berlin
  • 2008: Kunstverein Nürnberg
  • 2007: Possibility, Nansen, Studio Voltaire London
  • 2007: History of an Encounter, Galerie Micky Schubert Berlin
  • 2005: 2, Bar Ornella Köln
  • 2003: Fröhliche Wissenschaft, Brandenburgischer Kunstverein Potsdam
  • 2001: The Sight of the Conductor, Kunstverein Bonn

Selected Group Shows[edit]

  • 2012: Phases Wallspace New York City
  • 2011: Time Again, Sculpture Center New York City
  • 2011: Pour un art pauvre, Carré d'art Nîmes
  • 2011: Melanchotopia, Witte de With Rotterdam
  • 2010: How soon now, Rubell Family Collection Miami
  • 2010: The New Décor, Garage Moscow
  • 2010: Les Promesses du passé, Centre Pompidou Paris
  • 2009: The Perpetual Dialogue, Andrea Rosen Gallery NYC
  • 2009: Kunstpreis der Böttcherstraße, Bremen
  • 2009: Your gold teeth II, Marianne Boesky Gallery New York City
  • 2009: In May (After October), Gallery TPW Toronto
  • 2008: abc - Art Berlin Contemporary, Berlin
  • 2007: Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art, Barbican, London (with Rosemarie Trockel)
  • 2007: When Things Cast No Shadow, 5th Berlin Biennale, Berlin
  • 2007: Élégance, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Köln
  • 2007: 9. Biennale de Lyon (with Rosemarie Trockel and Michel Houellebecq),
  • 2007: Franz West (cur.):Der Ficker, Fortescue Avenue, London
  • 2007: Let's stay alive until Tuesday, Children National Gallery, Tbilisi
  • 2006: Mondi Possibili, Galerie Monika Sprüth Philomene Magers, Köln
  • 2006: modus, Neue Kunst Halle St. Gallen (with Gerda Scheepers, Rosemarie Trockel)
  • 2006: 7, Sprüth Magers Lee, London
  • 2005: Open Garden, Fortescue Avenue, London
  • 2004: Djordjadze, Elfgen, Scheepers, Monika Sprüth Philomene Magers Projekte, München
  • 2003: L'Ananas bianco & Utopia Station, La Biennale di Venezia (with Rosemarie Trockel)
  • 2003: 20th Anniversary Show, Galerie Monika Sprüth Philomene Magers, Köln
  • 2001: Zero Gravity, Kunstverein Düsseldorf
  • 2000: Wuckenhof – Klasse Trockel, Kunstverein Schwerte
  • 2000: Art Grus, Dom Moscow
  • 1999: Djordjadze Föttinger Von Hellermann, Champion Art, Arnheim
  • 1998: Due Dimensioni, Academia di Belle Arti, Venedig
  • 1998: Mayday, Böhlerwerke, Düsseldorf
  • 1997: Klasse Krieg, Galerie Timm Gierig, Frankfurt

Public projects[edit]

  • 2008: Folded B, Skulpturenpark Berlin
  • 2006: A room of ones own (with Manuela Leinhoß), Zülpicher Platz Köln
  • 2006 Pampel, Frauenplatz München/ Mohr-Villa München


  • 2010: Untitled, Serpentine gallery, London
  • 2008: Untitled (Kaffeesatzlesen) with Thea Gvetadze & Manuela Leinhoß, Kunsthalle Zürich
  • 2005: Südstadtvirus, with Andreas Reihse, Studio Voltaire, London
  • 2005: I Will, theatre-play, Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus
  • 2001: WahrSagen (Kaffeesatz), Staatliche Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
  • 2001: Untitled (Haareschneiden), musically accompanied by Andreas Reihse, Kunstverein Düsseldorf
  • 2000: Untitled (Ich habe keine Kraft für London), with hobbypopMUSEUM, Vilma Gold Gallery London
  • 1999-2003: with hobbypopMUSEUM

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Pour un Art pauvre, Nimes 2011
  • Collezione Mara Motti (ed.): Arte Essenziale, Reggio Emilia 2011
  • Macel, Christine & Natasa Petresin (eds.): The Promises of the Past - A discontinuous history of art in Former Eastern Europe, Zurich 2010
  • Creamier - Contemporary Art in Culture - 10 Curators, 100 Contemporary Artists, 10 Sources, Phaidon 2010
  • Le Restif, Claire/ Rahn, Kathleen (eds.): Mental Archaeology - Matti Braun Thea Djordjadze Jean-Luc Moulène, le Crédac Ivry-sur-Seine 2010
  • Aporien der Liebe, BQ Berlin 2010
  • Thea Djordjadze, Basel: Kunsthalle 2009
  • Thea Djordjadze, Nürnberg: Verlag für Moderne Kunst 2009
  • Barunke/Haberer (ed.): On Interchange – Zwischenspiele einer Sammlung, Museum Kurhaus Kleve 2008
  • Josh Smith: Der Ficker, London/New York 2007
  • modus, Kunsthalle St. Gallen, 2006
  • experimence in pop, Zentrum Paul Klee 2006
  • I Will, Köln 2005
  • Malcolm Maloney (ed.): death to the fascist insect that preys on the life of the people, Anthony d’Offay, London 2001
  • Three Women, Bonner Kunstverein 2001
  • Wuckenhof – Kunstverein Schwerte 2001
  • hobbypopMUSEUM, Düsseldorf 2000
  • Bistro Forever, Düsseldorf 1999
  • Klasse Krieg II, Galerie Timm Gierig, Frankfurt 1997

Selected Audio Records[edit]

  • 2006: Andreas Reihse: Kleines Musikbrevier, Cd, Köln
  • 2005: I Will – Mappe Für Sponsoren Und Mitarbeiter, Cd, Köln
  • 2004: Midnight Mike: Bring me to my senses, Gomma records, 12", Munich
  • 2002: hobbypopMUSEUM: A Selection Of Sound-Pieces Cd, Düsseldorf
  • 2001: April: if…, Italic records, 12", Köln
  • 2001: ST AP 00: Nanobots, Flesh records, 12", London
  • 2001: Midnight Mike & Violetta: Round and Round, Flesh records, 12", London


In 2001 was impersonating Madonna for an Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin fashion editorial for the March 2002 issue of W[7] Thea Djordjadze's father is the musician Irakli Djordjadze. She is distantly related to film director Nana Jorjadze.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Thea Djordjadze on homepage of Galerie Micky Schubert[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ homepage of hobbypopMUSEUM
  3. ^ Vanessa Joan Müller: Non-objective Objects: Some Remarks on Works by Thea Djordjadze, London: Afterall #23, 2010
  4. ^ Quinn Latimer: Thea Djordjadze - Delicacy, vitrines and Modernism; scaffolding, relics and arcades, London: Frieze #125, 2009
  5. ^ Catherine Wood in: Thea Djordjadze, Nuremberg: Verlag für moderne Kunst, 2008
  6. ^ homepage of Thea Djordjadze
  7. ^ Djordjadze as Madonna on wunderbuzz.co.uk[permanent dead link]

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