"MUSIC FOR PEACE"
On January 31 (11:00 am. to 1:30 pm.) at the Modern Art Museum as a part of "Music for peace" project there will be held a charity master class by Maria Nemcova (piano) and saxophonist Vitaly Vatulya (saxophone).
Young Russian musicians decided to hold series of charity concerts and master classes for gifted children and youth in different parts of Russia, the Middle East, Europe, South America and Africa.
KAMO NIGARYAN: «PROTO-FORMS»
From 8 to 25 December 2012, Modern Art Museum will host the exhibition of Kamo Nigaryan "PROTO-FORMS", dedicated to the first anniversary of his death. The exposition will be build on about 50 abstractions, exhibited for the first time.
On this occasion there will be published a catalog, which will include all the abstract works of the master. In this context Kamo Nigaryan appears as a subtle and originality philosopher.
Sona Banoyan - Solo exhibition
Sona Banoyan's solo exhibition will be opened on April 20.
Armenian Palette - 20th Century
Hardcover: 364 Pages
Publisher: Tigran Metz (2004)
The first part of the two-volume publication Armenian Palette, presenting the art of Armenian artists of 1960s.
Hardcover: 340 Pages
Publisher: Tigran Metz (2004)
Artworks (sculptures and paintings) of Emil Kazaz
Armenian Palette - New Generation
Hardcover: 372 Pages
Publisher: Tigran Metz (2005)
The second part of the two-volume publication Armenian Palette, presenting the art of Armenian artists of 1980s - new generation, worked after Independence
Hardcover: 216 Pages
Publisher: Tigran Metz (2000)
Language: Armenian, Russian
The present work of the art critic Henrik Igityan is the first attempt to represent in the most brim-full way, Tbilisi, Paris and Yerevan creative periods of the great master.
On Trial - Christ 2012
The present situation of Christianity (and also religion and faith as such) in society in 2012, and personal views on Christian references on faith, is central questions for the artists in the show. How is Christianity and faiths in general doing in our time, what are the effects of the long journey? Is religion dangerous for a society? Many questions are implied in such a broad umbrella, purposely made broad in order for artists to see if there is a way they can take part in this without losing their integrity as artists, this has been a major thought. As religion and here Christianity once was a major subject area for all art, the last decades has seen it marginalized in the West and in partly handed over to amateurs with their fanciful visualisations, lacking the quality of professional artists. So what would be of interest to contemporary artists and how would they approach an area like this.
Would Christ be put on trial in our time as well, with his ideas of equality and freedom? “On Trial” has different meanings: accused-in the meaning of being tried in court, being assessed, periodically tested, a time of judgement, evaluation of the present period. In Christianity, as well as in other religions, there is focus on the judgement day, when what was hidden will be revealed and lead to a fair trial. Would this be of interest to contemporary artists of today?
The artists have different backgrounds, and some are more interested in existential questions about ethics regardless of religious interests. Some are focused on the result of Faiths over so many centuries. We tried to keep a contemporary approach in the artistic expressions, without the artists losing their integrity as we went along. Also allowing art and artists to develop over some time within such frameworks was of interest to the Norwegian artists at the outset for the first exhibition in Norway in 2012. There has already been a show with the same artists in 2001, called “Kristus 2000”. To bring in other artists from other countries would open a discussion and be more interesting to the project as they are expected to have different artistic and conceptual approaches.
We have tried to have some common interesting experiences in the period leading up to the first exhibition of On Trial-Christ 2012. Visits to two of the cradles of Christianity, Armenia and Palestine, led to many good experiences.
The priest Ole Jørgen Sagedal followed the project “Kristus 2000” 10 years ago (this is a follow up project) in a support group. Ole Jørgen has done all the interviews and his wife Karin Hoiland transcribed them from sound files. Benjamin Ellingsen filmed interviews, and Synnove Ellingsen edited the book, which at this stage is relating to the first part of the project, when it started in Norway. The plan is to have it translated into English and Armenian, at a later date, and include the new artists from different countries taking part on their own terms in the project. This is an ongoing exhibition over time, visiting some countries. Other artists will join the exhibition in their countries and will approach it with their different backgrounds and artistic interests. We plan to take a final show back to Norway with all artists involved at that stage (Artists from Norway, Armenia, Palestine, UK, US).
The first show was held in 2012 in Punkt O/Galleri F 15, and before that in 2001, based on a different, but related concept.
The Armenian artists, joining the project in Yerevan are led by Samvel Baghdasaryan, who kindly accepted to coordinate the participants from Armenia and introduce them to the project. The artists are free to approach the subject area as they wish, and in Armenia Samvel and the artists have discussed and found their own platform.
As the project also develops over time, it is interesting to see how different artists from different countries will express themselves over time. Having Samvel as an artist-coordinator in Armenia has been important for many reasons, he knows the art scene, he knows the artists, and together with the project leaders in the Modern Art Museum, he could help to find the best ways to interact with the participants in Armenia. With their particular background in religious history, it is interesting to see how they will relate to it in their art and with new links to Armenian society in our time as well.
The artists from Armenia are:
Samvel Baghdasaryan, Harutyun Zulumyan, Armine Hovhannisyan, Garen Bedrossian
The artists from Norway are:
Synnove Ellingsen, Frithjof Hoel, Thomas Hestvold, Svanhild Heggedal, Marianne Bratteli, Hilmar Fredriksen, Reidar Kraugerud, Oda Broch and Tara Rolfsen, Viggo Andersen with Annika Johansson, Kjetil Skoien, Agnete Erichsen, Line Waelgaard, Vibeke Slyngstad
Curator: Synnove Ellingsen
Statement from Armenian artists:
The artist continues to be an artist as long as he is able to preserve his identity and to express his creative position.
In the late decades, particularly through the art, especially through the contemporary art, establishment of integration projects, international and cultural relations are highly appreciated. Such kind of situation often puts the artist into tensions in differentiating local and global peculiarities and therefore generalizing or segregating his personal creative position, and in this context the critical strategy of creative freedom can be the only universal and primary reality.
The project “On Trial- Christ 2012”, to be held at the Modern Art Museum in Yerevan and initiated by a Norwegian curator Synnove Ellingsen, has initially followed a goal to be a communication tool between different nations by reflecting on the religion, faith and art interrelation. But for the local artists of Armenia the project is a platform to formulate principal outlooks. Both in its content and in the cultural, social-political senses the participation of the local artists (in this project) has a clear intention, which is to emphasize and make visible creative/critical confrontations and differences between globalization and local problematics.
Referring to the idea of the project it is interesting to note that Christian leaders highlighted the importance to generalize and uniform publics under the Christian faith, and thereby to create one value system. In this generalizing and global processes the most important enquiry of the artist is not to lose his and contextual values, even if it asks ''to isolate'' himself and create his own social capsule.
The bond of art works by Samvel Baghdasaryan, Armine Hovhannisyan and Harutyun Zulumyan has been specifically created for this exhibition and express the above mentioned position.
If Zulumyan's video work can be perceived as a world alarm about universal existence, Baghdasaryan’s and Hovhannisyan’s works are signals of social and political misunderstanding of the inner and local structures.
Van Soghomonyan - Solo exhibition
24 July - 2 August
Opening at 6:00 pm
Fragments / Traces and Gestures - Taline Zabounian
Taline Zabounian (France)
objects, painting, spray, series of graphics, video
Opening: July 2, at 6pm
The exhibition is open for public until July 7, 2013