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The Art Museum was founded in 1998. It keeps more than 600 exhibits, including 19th and 20th century Russian and European works of art. The collection features paintings, graphic works, sculptures and pieces of decorative art by outstanding 20th century Georgian artists, such as Niko Pirosmani, Lado Gudiashvili, David Kakabadze, Elene Akhvlediani.
The museum is a multi-profile cultural institution. Along with the permanently operating exposition, it presents temporary exhibitions and musical and theatrical performances. The museum also has a Children’s Art Studio and an ART-Gallery with an open terrace, designed for open-air exhibitions, action exhibitions and mixed events.
The building of the museum was constructed in the 1950s to the designs by architect K. Javakhishvili. It is one of the best samples of the so-called Stalin’s Empire style in Batumi. In the Soviet period the building housed the Museum of the History of Revolution. The decoration of the walls featuring relief friezes depicting different themes relating to the Revolution reflect the original function of the building. The reliefs were made by a well-known Georgian sculptor Tamar Abakelia.