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:
Simon Galstyan
Title:
The Nation Will Sign, 1960
Location:
National Gallery of Armenian, Yerevan
Artist: Simon Galstyan
Title: The Nation Will Sign, 1960
Location: National Gallery of Armenian, Yerevan
As many Armenian artist, Simon Galstyan depicted Komitas Archimandrite as a symbol of perpetuation of the nation, who had experienced the Genocide. The barbarically demolished room and the atrocities still carried out by the Turkish officers go to the background. Seeing the suffered glance of Komitas dressed all in white and at the same time the unsurrendered posture…

And the nation never stopped singing.
Artist:
Haroutiun Galentz
Title:
They Killed the Mother, 1960-s
Location:
Galentz Museum, Yerevan
Artist: Haroutiun Galentz
Title: They Killed the Mother, 1960-s
Location: Galentz Museum, Yerevan
Armen Yesayants (PhD in Art History): "In this work we see the identity of the graceless Turk in toxic yellowish-green color and in the redness of the blood a child who was the only one left. Kaneltz considered that the Genocide should not be visualized or presented. As a result, instead of big creations only small graphical works are preserved."
Artist:
Jansem (Hovhannes Semerdjian)
Title:
At the crucifix, 2001
Location:
Armenian Genocide Museum - Institute, Yerevan
Artist: Jansem (Hovhannes Semerdjian)
Title: At the crucifix, 2001
Location: Armenian Genocide Museum - Institute, Yerevan
In Der-Zor desert, late at night when the local Arab was trying to help save one of the Armenian families, the dying woman was begging to liberate the only daughter she had by taking her away. That girl was the mother of the artist.
Artist:
Arshile Gorky
Title:
The Artist and His Mother, 1926-32
Location:
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Artist: Arshile Gorky
Title: The Artist and His Mother, 1926-32
Location: Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Whitney Museum of American Art: "This portrait of Arshile Gorky and his mother is based on a photograph taken in Armenia in 1912, when the artist was just a child. Three years later, during the Ottoman Turk campaign of Genocide against the Armenians, Gorky, his mother, and his younger sister all survived a death march, but his mother never recovered her health. She died in 1919 from starvation. The following year, the fifteen-year-old Gorky immigrated to the United States with his sister. Gorky, however, did not simply copy the photograph, but painted a meditation on remembrance: the white apron worn by Gorky’s mother makes her appear statue-like, and other areas of the painting seem, like memory itself, unfinished and mutable. The figures’ searching gazes lend the composition psychological intensity, eliciting sympathy yet avoiding outright pathos or sentimentality."

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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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