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:
Krikor Momdjian
Title:
Komidas, 1986
Location:
Private Collection
Artist: Krikor Momdjian
Title: Komidas, 1986
Location: Private Collection
Krikor Momdjian: "This work is one of the series works I did as homage to Komidas. The composer who was also priest, was interested in the authenticity of the Armenian music. He went into Armenian villages to listen and put into music notes that he heard, as an ethno-musicologist avant la lettre. He became famous in Europe because of his concerts with his big choir. He was captured in Constantinople on 24th of April like the other Armenian intelligentsia by the Ottoman Empire. His manuscripts/music notations were destroyed. He was mistreated but saved by diplomats and was sent to Paris. Komidas lost his senses as consequence put in a psychiatric home. The last 20 years of his life he did not talk to anyone, except to his sister. I wanted to honor him inspiring me with his divine music. In my childhood listening to his music intensely in the cathedral of the Armenian cloister - seminary of Jerusalem, where I was a seminarian for three years. He is still my source of inspiration, bringing me to the source of the Armenian soul. His music evokes my admiration for the beauty of the nature and I feel the Divine Light reflected through his music and songs."
Artist:
Karen Aghamyan
Title:
Exile, 2010
Location:
State Gallery of Karabakh, Shushi
Artist: Karen Aghamyan
Title: Exile, 2010
Location: State Gallery of Karabakh, Shushi
Karen Aghamyan: "The sons of the nation carry the Armenian culture, history and identity of thousand years wherever they go. The survivors of the Armenian Genocide in 1915 were displaced carrying their faith, hope and culture of the past."
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:
Edward Arzrunian
Title:
The Refugees in Etjmiatsin, 1968
Location:
National Gallery of Armenian, Yerevan
Artist: Edward Arzrunian
Title: The Refugees in Etjmiatsin, 1968
Location: National Gallery of Armenian, Yerevan
In Soviet Armenia there was a silence about the Armenian Genocide. The authorities of USSR had an agreement with Turkey of not mentioning the Armenian Genocide in Armenia. It was prohibited for the Armenian artists to cover the theme of Genocide in their canvases till the 60-ies. And only in 1965 when the Genocide Memorial monument was built in the memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide, the ban wall seemed to have vanished. Armenian artists started to create works depicting the historic truth.

This work of Eduard Arzunian is one of those historic facts showing how the Armenian mother, who has escaped from exile, starvation, calamity of death, together with her children and other orphaned children would gather at the church begging for God’s shelter.
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shared arts
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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