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:
Yurik Harutyunyan
Title:
Exile, 2000
Location:
Artist's Collection
Artist: Yurik Harutyunyan
Title: Exile, 2000
Location: Artist's Collection
The artist deciphers the Armenian exile through abstract images. On the one hand the black dots that symbolize the cross that the Armenian nation was carrying on their shoulders going through infernal tortures, on the other hand the sparkling light that carries the symbol of hope, faith towards the salvation. The country is not in the claws of hell, paradise is its final destination.
Artist:
Sarkis Khachaturian
Title:
Armenian Orphans in the Desert, 1920
Location:
National Gallery of Armenian, Yerevan
Artist: Sarkis Khachaturian
Title: Armenian Orphans in the Desert, 1920
Location: National Gallery of Armenian, Yerevan
Faith and language have been an inseparable parts of the Armenian nation. On the exile road, often at the expense of their own lives, the Armenian nation was trying to preserve their handmade records as a central pillar of the nation's survival. This canvas of Sargis Khachatryan is filled with optimistic symbols, that even the hungry and exhausted Armenian children on the exile road Der-Zor deserts still continued to learn the alphabet by writing it on sand.
Artist:
Hovhannes Aivazovsky
Title:
Night. Armenians Thrown Overboard, 1897
Location:
Armenian School, Beirut
Artist: Hovhannes Aivazovsky
Title: Night. Armenians Thrown Overboard, 1897
Location: Armenian School, Beirut
The Armenians inhabiting in the Ottoman empire have been continuously subjected to violence and massacres before the Armenian Genocide in 1915. Since 1894-96 more than hundred thousand Armenians have been massacred in various regions of the Western Armenia. This horrific and tragic news deeply influenced the world famous Hovhannes Aivazovsky. He expressed his pain and sufferings by creating series of painting such as "Night. Armenians thrown overboard", "The massacre of Trabizon", "Lord Byron visiting the Mekhitarist Congregation of ST Lazzaro", "Farewell" and the "Night. Tragedy at the Sea of Marmara" canvas as well.

Aivazovsky suddenly died in 1900 leaving the "Explosion of a Turkish warship" canvas unfinished on the molbert.
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.
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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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