The primary task of our foundation is to study, restore and preserve the mosaics created in Georgia, both in ancient times as well as the so-called “Soviet era”. Mosaics are not an archaic art. They were made in ancient Rome and ancient Greece, in the Middle East and the Soviet Union. Mosaics were one of the few tools used to decorate the city. They are unique in that they are found both, in the interiors and exteriors of buildings. Having said this, mosaics should not be seen as entirely separate from the buildings they are created on although, of course, sometimes the image does not relate to that specific object. Georgia happens to be one of the post-soviet countries where the production and creation of mosaics was particularly productive. Objects decorated in fantastic mosaics are scattered across the entire country, some of them being genuine masterpieces.
Mosaics are a valuable resource for researching the evolution of ideology, capturing the elements of everyday life and even to understand what people were thinking and dreaming about. In this context, mosaics shouldn’t just be seen as valuable works of art, but also as unique historical documents that, through the language of fine art, give a detailed description of a historical era. Such historical evidence must be carefully preserved and passed on to future generations. This will help them preserve the cultural heritage of the country, that is known to be the key to national identity.
At present, the protection of historical and cultural heritage is under the attention of the worldwide community. It is because of this that our foundation’s activities are aimed at supporting and developing Georgian mosaics and applied design.
*fragment of the mosaic at Piazza Batumi. Author: Natali Amirejibi de Pita