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:
Grigor Khandjyan
Title:
Yeghern (Illustration to Paruyr Sevak's), 1963-1965
Location:
National Gallery of Armenian, Yerevan
Artist: Grigor Khandjyan
Title: Yeghern (Illustration to Paruyr Sevak's), 1963-1965
Location: National Gallery of Armenian, Yerevan
Shahen khachatryan (Аrt critic): "Series of Grigor Khanjyan book illustrations are dedicated to the Armenian tragedy. The unique composition of the paintings, linear, impactful sounds enhance the bitter sufferings. In Paruyr Sevak’s “Unsilenceable Belfry” poem Grigor Khanjyan always depicted the genius musician Komitas as an high spirited shepherd with the nation. But when the extermination of Armenian occurs the light extinguishes and the darkness prevails…"
Artist:
Yurik Harutyunyan
Title:
Exile, 2000
Location:
Artist's Collection
Artist: Yurik Harutyunyan
Title: Exile, 2000
Location: Artist's Collection
The artist deciphers the Armenian exile through abstract images. On the one hand the black dots that symbolize the cross that the Armenian nation was carrying on their shoulders going through infernal tortures, on the other hand the sparkling light that carries the symbol of hope, faith towards the salvation. The country is not in the claws of hell, paradise is its final destination.
Artist:
Hamuz (Hamazasp Mkitaryan)
Title:
The Survivors, 2015
Location:
Artist's Collection
Artist: Hamuz (Hamazasp Mkitaryan)
Title: The Survivors, 2015
Location: Artist's Collection
Hamuz: "Armenian refugees coving at the falling cross-stone and their faith. The salvation of the Armenian nation is in our faith and language."
Artist:
Eduard Isabekyan
Title:
Western Armenia, 1940
Location:
Artist's Family Collection
Artist: Eduard Isabekyan
Title: Western Armenia, 1940
Location: Artist's Family Collection
Eduard Isabekyan: "Memory is a very important thing. There is no other nation in the world that needs memory more than the Armenian nation. Because there is no other nation in the world that has left its property, its soil, 99% of everything owned to others. If Igdirtsis forget Igdir, Alashkertsis - Alashker, Vanetsis forget Van, Bayazettsis - Bayazets and etc If they forget that the entire nation never forgot where they are from. The Armenian needs our memory, for him to be able to own whatever his has lost, so as always to remember that he has to bring back whatever he has lost."
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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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