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:
Khoren Der-Harootian
Title:
Kerasun (Giresun), The Buttom of Yeprat, 1961
Location:
National Gallery of Armenian, Yerevan
Artist: Khoren Der-Harootian
Title: Kerasun (Giresun), The Buttom of Yeprat, 1961
Location: National Gallery of Armenian, Yerevan
The Armenians, who survived the Armenian Genocide, were scattered all over the world thus becoming the bases of creation of the huge Armenian Diaspora. The Armenian artists, Khoren Ter-Harootian among them, who survived the Genocide, living, studying, working and almost inhabiting in the diaspora never stopped keeping the connection with his motherland, raising the genetic connection of being Armenian in the arts, ignoring the fact of living far from the motherland.

Kerasun (Giresun) is an ancient harbor city in Turkey where 200 Armenian families used to inhabit before the Genocide. In 1915 the Armenians were subjected to forced displacement from their inhabitants and most of them fell victims of the Genocide. This work is one of those several works created by the artist-sculptor Ter-Harootian, where the horror of death is revealed, The soul and body of the Armenian nation having seen the tribulation.
Artist:
Carzou (Garnik Zulumian)
Title:
Scorched Land, 1978
Location:
Artist's Family Collection
Artist: Carzou (Garnik Zulumian)
Title: Scorched Land, 1978
Location: Artist's Family Collection
Shahen khachatryan (Аrt critic): "The main focus of the artist was apocalipsis and depicted the disaster of Genocide in unique style: demolished palaces, the dehumanized faces of the world, dying beauty. The artist recreated the calamity of the disaster the Armenian nation survived through his emotions."
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:
Jackie Kazarian
Title:
Love Lies Bleeding #5, 1995
Location:
Artist's Collection
Artist: Jackie Kazarian
Title: Love Lies Bleeding #5, 1995
Location: Artist's Collection
In 1996, Kazarian created large-scale wallpapers (not shown) in memory of her grandparents, Elmas, Mariam and Abram, who survived the Armenian Genocide. These are preparatory studies for the larger wallpapers.
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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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