Nato Vachnadze House Museum

Nato Vachnadze House Museum

Nato Vachnadze (née Andronikashvili) was a megastar of Georgian cinema in the 1920s and 1930s. She was one of the first Georgian actresses to get her foot in the door of a European movie studio, playing a role in The Living Corpse, a collaborative movie between the USSR and Germany, which was shot in Berlin. At the Nato Vachnadze House Museum in Gurjaani, you can learn more about this trailblazer of Georgian cinema.

What Will You See in Nato Vachnadze House Museum?

The Nato Vachnadze House Museum was opened on the 28th of June 1981, and preserves a number of objects owned by the actress, each of which tells an interesting story. Even the house itself is a relic from Nato’s past, as it was the home in which she spent her school years.

Within, you’ll find French porcelain, sculptures, paintings, and drawings that show the fine taste and appreciation for the arts that Nato’s aristocratic family, the Andronikashvilis, had. Books and articles about Nato, as well as copies of her movies, are also lovingly maintained. In addition, there are ethnographic materials typifying Kakhetian life held in the museum.

The actress was married twice. Her first marriage came when she was a high school student, to fellow actor Merab Vachnadze, whose name she would keep for the rest of her life. The couple had a son together, but they soon got divorced.

Nato’s second husband and the great love of her life was the Georgian screenwriter and director, Nikoloz Shengelaia. Their sons, Eldar and Giorgi, became famous film directors in their own right.

Nato Vachnadze was in about thirty movies between the years of 1923 and 1952. Her career was tragically cut short at the age of 49, as she perished in a plane crash on June 14th 1953.


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