100
years
100
arts
mission
The Armenian Genocide has left an irreversible trace in our history and in our spirits and the reflection of grief, yearning, hope is woven in chain in the Armenian fine arts. When human languages is powerless to express what happened in 1915, the language of art does have the power to do so. Different generations of Armenian famous artists have continuously addressed the great iniquity and the artworks dedicated to the Armenian Genocide have always had their unique places in their art. Armenian artists greatly contributed to the global acknowledgement of the Armenian Genocide thought their art. Many of these works have been exhibited to public but even more of them are unknown till today.
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100 years
CULTURAL GENOCIDE
Acts and measures undertaken to destroy the culture of a nation or an ethnic group is called "cultural genocide". Many facts prove that simultaneous with the massacres and deportation of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, the government of the Young Turks masterminded and implemented systematic destruction of the material testimonies of the Armenian civilization.
THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE
A genocide is the organized extermination of a nation aiming to put an end to their collective existence. The extermination of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire and the surrounding regions during 1915-1923 is called the Armenian Genocide. Those massacres were masterminded and perpetrated by the government of Young Turks and were later finalized by the Kemalist government.
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100 arts
The anguish of the Armenian Genocide, which is being reborn with every Armenian, has its own reflection in the Armenian fine arts. Many Armenian well known artists have created artworks both in Armenia and in Diaspora that are the speaking witness of the Armenian great pain, loss and yearning. These artworks are also ode to the Armenian viable genes, will power of giving birth, living and creation. Genocide is the type of crime that does have any expiration date. Human speech is sometimes powerless in expressing those things that are possible to express only through art. These 100 artworks will continuously tell the world about the unhealed wound of the Armenian, millions of innocent victims, demolished heartlands, bowed churches, lost homeland and infinite belief. The power of art is undeniable and artworks are eternal.
Artist:
Paul Guiragossian
Title:
Exile, 1970
Location:
National Gallery of Armenian, Yerevan
Artist: Paul Guiragossian
Title: Exile, 1970
Location: National Gallery of Armenian, Yerevan
Pol Kirakosyan reflected the life and sufferings of the Armenians with his juicy palate and subtle sense of colors. "The Migration" in the canvas, where you don’t obviously see the faces of the women and children on the road, but the artists passes the restless, horrified rhythm of the bodies through big touches which makes us feel the pain and sufferings that an Armenian was experiencing on the exile road in 1915.
Artist:
Valentin Podpomogov
Title:
Requiem, 1981
Location:
Modern Art Museum of Yerevan
Artist: Valentin Podpomogov
Title: Requiem, 1981
Location: Modern Art Museum of Yerevan
Valentin Podpomogov, who was Armenian from his mother’s side, was deeply concerned about the Armenian Genocide in 1915. As an expression of pain and anguish he created series of canvases dedicated to the Genocide, the most actual one of which is this work: Completely demolished formerly inhabited soil, where you can see the church miraculously still standing far away.
The huge bell ripped off the church and the dust still at unease after the devastation makes us feel through the 1915 all over again. But as a shine of hope and salvation, one can see the God’s light cracked from the black sky.
Artist:
Hakob Hakobian
Title:
Homage to Hrant Dink, 2007
Location:
Artist' Union of Armenia, Yerevan
Artist: Hakob Hakobian
Title: Homage to Hrant Dink, 2007
Location: Artist' Union of Armenia, Yerevan
Hakob Hakobyan expressed the secret attack of the evil spirit on the peaceful, defenseless creature by two symbols: black cat and white dove. As it happened in 1915 when the Armenians were subjected to massacre by the Ottoman Empire, the series of these barbaric acts continue to these day, such as the murder of the famous Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink by the Turkish nationalist.

Hrant Dink said: "There are some Turkish people who don’t admit that fact that their ancestors executed Genocide. But, if we look, we’ll understand that these people leave a false impression of kind and pleasant people… However, why can’t they admit the fact of Genocide? It’s because, they know that Genocide is a bad thing and they would have never wish to do that and that’s why they can’t believe that their ancestors could have done anything like that."
Artist:
Shahen Aslanyan
Title:
Der-Zor, 2010
Location:
Artist's Collection
Artist: Shahen Aslanyan
Title: Der-Zor, 2010
Location: Artist's Collection
Shahen Aslanyan created this painting under the impression of real and sensitive survivals. The artist, visiting Der-Zor, where in 1915 the Ottoman Empire implemented the plan of extermination of the Armenian, felt all over again everything that had happened one century ago. Looking at the horizon of the crimson sunset, the artist “saw” the silhouette of the exhausted Armenian women with her starved children. This was a real vision, that got eternally depicted on the canvas of Shahen Aslanyan.
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shared arts
Artist:
Adriana Angolian
Artist: Adriana Angolian
Live Memory, 1994
Artist:
Adriana Angolian
Artist: Adriana Angolian
Gold Universe, 2016
Artist:
Khoren Der Harootian
Artist: Khoren Der Harootian
Ani (bronze), 1963
Artist:
Alexander Sadoyan
Artist: Alexander Sadoyan
Immigration
Artist:
Alexander Sadoyan
Artist: Alexander Sadoyan
Untitled
Artist:
Levon Fljyan
Artist: Levon Fljyan
Our Ancestors-2 (from Pixel 2 project), 2012
Artist:
Kaloust Guedel
Artist: Kaloust Guedel
All Men are Created Alike, 2003
Artist:
Zareh
Artist: Zareh
Turkish Soup Made with Armenian Bones, 1998
Artist:
Zareh
Artist: Zareh
Artist:
Arthur Lazaryan
Artist: Arthur Lazaryan
Never Again
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