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:
Minas Avetisyan
Title:
On the Road to Der-Zor, 1966-1967
Location:
Perished in the Fire
Artist: Minas Avetisyan
Title: On the Road to Der-Zor, 1966-1967
Location: Perished in the Fire
Eastern Armenia had become a safe haven for many people who found refuge here from the Turkish vandalism, with revenge and hatred in their heart, built new villages, gave birth to children and brought them up in the spirit of Mush - The grandfathers of Minas also originated from Mush. From his ancestors Minas inherited a strongly built body, will power and open heartedness.

For Minas Avetistyan the "On the Way to Der Zor" painting is his idea of the collective image of the Armenian nation. Though surviving the calamity of Genocide, The nation will powered, strong as rock continued to live and spread its roots.
Artist:
Eduard Isabekyan
Title:
Rapture 2, 1941
Location:
Artist's Family Collection
Artist: Eduard Isabekyan
Title: Rapture 2, 1941
Location: Artist's Family Collection
Eduard Isabekyan: "The world is full of misfortunes, if a human being doesn’t have to experience it all, but still he does. And the worst part is that one gets a great part of it… And what happened to us wasn’t a misfortune so as to stop hurting, get closed up by dust, it wasn’t a pain that you could tolerate by clenching the teeth… This is an incurable wound, the pain of brain, the anguish of soul..."
Artist:
Carzou (Garnik Zulumian)
Title:
Ruined Settlement, 1966
Location:
Artist's Family Collection
Artist: Carzou (Garnik Zulumian)
Title: Ruined Settlement, 1966
Location: Artist's Family Collection
Carzou: "The horrible destiny of the Armenian is also mine from the first days, when I lost my father and saw thousands of homeless people taken of Der-Zor."
Artist:
Leon Tutundjian
Title:
Red Mask, 1930
Location:
Private Collection
Artist: Leon Tutundjian
Title: Red Mask, 1930
Location: Private Collection
Shahen Khachatryan (Аrt critic): "The direction of Surrealism seemed to be the fertile soil of the polarized soul of the artist who survived the Genocide. And whatever could be the plot of imagination, was a real image, unforgotten pain for Tutundjian. The intertwining of the symbolism and realism filled his art with supreme sensitivity and strict independence of the expressive language. The arm ripped off, the cracked brain, the hanging rope, the horrified tree reminding a human face in Tutundjian’s canvases reveal the nightmare he survived."
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shared arts
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
Artist:
Adrineh Grigorian
Artist: Adrineh Grigorian
Family Portrait, 2015
Artist:
Arto Tchakmakchian
Artist: Arto Tchakmakchian
Three Three Fingers, 1965
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