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:
Kaloust Guedel
Title:
Levitation, 2003
Location:
Modern Art Museum of Yerevan
Artist: Kaloust Guedel
Title: Levitation, 2003
Location: Modern Art Museum of Yerevan
Kaloust Guedel: "As an experimental artist throughout the years I have worked in various groups. "Levitation" is part of the Genocide group, of which I had no intention of creating to begin with. For me there are two primary approaches, that can be employed: one is to decide what to do and the other to do and then to figure out what has been created. This group came to life as a free exploration of the subconscious mind. After creating it, I realized, that it was a reference to the Armenian Genocide, which happened to be part of our individual psyche. Only lately I have come to realize, that for me the creation of the Genocide group was a necessary experience and served as a therapy to be able to move forward in life. All figures in "Levitation" are self portraits."
Artist:
Tigran Tsitoghdzyan
Title:
Armenian Mirror, 2013
Location:
Private Collection
Artist: Tigran Tsitoghdzyan
Title: Armenian Mirror, 2013
Location: Private Collection
Tigran Tsitoghdzyan: "This painting is the mirror of Armenian society."
Artist:
Mkrtich Sedrakyan
Title:
Year 1915, 1960
Location:
National Gallery of Armenian, Yerevan
Artist: Mkrtich Sedrakyan
Title: Year 1915, 1960
Location: National Gallery of Armenian, Yerevan
The third stage of the planned extermination of the Armenian nation by Ottoman empire is expressed in one composition in Mkrtich Sedrakian’s "Year 1915" canvas. The first stage was enrollment of the Armenian men to Ottoman army, then disarmament and slaughter by the Turkish military associates. The second stage was the extermination of the Armenian intelligentsia and the third stage was the massacre of the women, children, elderly people by deporting them to the Syrian desert.

In the 60-ies Soviet Armenia the Armenian artists were prohibited to depict on theme of the Armenian Genocide. And only, in 1965, when the Genocide monuments was built in Tsitsernakaberd the ban barrier disappeared.
Artist:
Levon Kojoyan
Title:
Untitled, 1976
Location:
Artist' Union of Armenia, Yerevan
Artist: Levon Kojoyan
Title: Untitled, 1976
Location: Artist' Union of Armenia, Yerevan
Levon Kojoyan: "The white canvas is the biggest creation where the vision, feelings, life are being depicted. I started my work on the white canvas and every time I start working I remember Avetiq Isahakyan’s words:
Hey jan, motherland, how beautiful you are
You mountains lost in the fog of the skies
With you waters sweet, with you winds sweet
Only your children are in the bloody sea."
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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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