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Soviet art world legend Rezo Gabriadze passed away

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Soviet art world legend Rezo Gabriadze passed away


Photo credit: Rezo Gabriadze, 2010 / George Mel / (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Famous writer, screenwriter film director, artist and the founder of the Marionette Drama Theater  Rezo Gabriadze has passed away in Tbilisi, Georgia, TASS reports. The Soviet and Georgian legend was 84 years old.

The Georgian Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Sports called the death of Rezo Gabriadze a huge, irreparable loss for the country's culture.

Rezo Gabriadze was born in June 1936 in Kutaisi, Georgia. He wrote more than 35 scripts for features that were filmed throughout the Soviet Union. Together with famous Georgian film director Georgy Danelia, Gabriadze made some of the best films of the second part of the 20th century, such as “Don’t Grieve” (1969); “Mimino” (1977); and “Kin-dza-dza” (1986). These feature comedies are still loved by millions viewers in all parts of the world they're called immortal classics. 
Photo: Tbilisi Puppet Theater

40 years ago, Gabriadze founded the Tbilisi Puppet Theater, very peculiar for its unique whimsical architecture.

 Photo: Chizhik-Pyzhik bird sculpture, St. Petersburg

Gabriadze was also an artist and sculptor. He illustrated more than 50 books. His works are included in collections of museums in Russia, Georgia and all over the world. The St. Petersburg monument to the Chizhik-Pyzhik bird is based on Gabriadze's drawing. 

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