Nino Simonishvili,

Independent Scholar

A.v. Humboldt alumna

From 2015 to 2017 (01.05) Nino Simonishvili was director of the International Research Center in the Visual Arts (IRCVA) affiliated to the Georgian State Museum of Folk and Applied Art in Tbilisi. Previously  (from 2008-2013) she held a position of the director  of the collaborative research and exhibition project between the Georgian National Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art supported by UNESCO: “Reconstructing the Past–Tradition and Transformation.”Re-installation of the medieval collections of the Georgian National Museum. From 1995 to 2006 she worked as associate professor (docent) of the Department of Art History at the Tbilisi State University. She was a member of the scientific board of the Georgian National (2008-2013) and editor and board member of the scientific journal ‘Study of Art’ The Collected Papers of the Department  of Art History at the Tbilisi  State University (2003-2005).

Dr. Simonishvili is recipient of several fellowships including A.v. Humboldt and Gerda Henkel fellowships in Germany (at the Universities of Freiburg, Munich and Academy for Design, Karlsruhe), of W. Fulbright, Andrew  W. Mellon and Paul Melon fellowships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and  CASVA, the National Gallery of Art,  as well as one month research award at Dumbarton Oaks Center for Byzantine Studies in the USA and a senior fellowship at the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations at  KOÇ university in Istanbul.

Currently Dr. Simonishvili works on various scientific and exhibition projects including two book projects. Her research and publication concentrate on the cultural interactions between the East and West, on medieval and modern Georgian art, Byzantine art and Image theory.