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:
Hrachya Harutyunyan
Title:
On the Exile Path, 1965
Location:
Artist' Union of Armenia, Yerevan
Artist: Hrachya Harutyunyan
Title: On the Exile Path, 1965
Location: Artist' Union of Armenia, Yerevan
On the Exile Path: A fragment that approves the historic truth: Armenian mother in black, bearfoot, exhausted and starved, tightly carrying the infant in her hands is thinking only about one thing - how to save the life of her newborn child from sword of the Turk.
Artist:
Moko Khacahtryan
Title:
Untitled, 2015
Location:
Artist's Collection
Artist: Moko Khacahtryan
Title: Untitled, 2015
Location: Artist's Collection
Moko Khacahtryan: "My spirit becomes wonderfully and uniquely noble and, out of nowhere, the sense of variability, which has an inexplicable strength, embraces me and gives my existence some mystery and makes me the hero of my paintings. This is where the probability of the impossible turns into reality. When I direct the process, only I can influence, change, give birth to or destroy this or that abstract character. When the color of black, with all its power, falls on the whiteness of my consciousness making it more luminous, it gives the paintings the shape of concealed purity. It gently and smoothly blends with the color of red, but it artfully gives in to the color that can swallow and destroy. Everything gets veiled with a single indefinite and shapeless gesture. Everything gets ruined in my eyes and I am in total confusion realizing that I am not right, that it is not me who directs them, but rather they do it. I humbly obey their demands and surrender to the power of the world being created where I am allowed to exist and fulfill my mission. They absorb my energy and power till the very last drop. And only when they get saturated, do they set me free – until the next time. This is the strongest ecstasy after which it takes you quite a time to return to the reality. But only then can I feel that I exist and breathe. I wish I could stay there forever. In this very unreality, which is sometimes more real than the reality itself, there exists the proximity to God which becomes a part of the fantastic world called art."
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:
Sarkis Mooradyan
Title:
Komitas. Last Night, 1956
Location:
National Gallery of Armenian, Yerevan
Artist: Sarkis Mooradyan
Title: Komitas. Last Night, 1956
Location: National Gallery of Armenian, Yerevan
The Armenian composer, singer, ethno musician, musicologist, archimandrite and teacher Komitas suffered a lot seeing the anguish of the Armenian nation. This characters is stamped as the symbol of the Armenian Genocide and many Armenian artists emphasized that symbol painting Komitas. Sarkis Muradyan’s Komitas dressed in red, the color of blood and the entrance of the Turkish officers with swords symbolize the upcoming bloody crime.
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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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