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Foundation KulturDialog Armenien Opening of the solo exhibition “The Timeline Puzzle“ by the Swiss artist-in-residence and guest of honour of the “First International Print Biennale Yerevan 2017” Marcel Mayer at the Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art (ACCEA/NPAK) in Yerevan, starting on November 17th, 2017 at 7 p.m.
The Swiss master printmaker Marcel Mayer (“Druckwerk”, Basel, Switzerland) is the fourth artist of the international artist’s exchange program initiated by Foundation KulturDialog Armenien in 2016 and since then organized in cooperation with Atelier Mondial (Christoph Merian Stiftung Basel, Switzerland) and the Cultural Office of the City of Freiburg in Breisgau, Germany. Since July 2017, Marcel Mayer lives and works as artist-in-residence in Yerevan for six months. Foundation KulturDialog Armenien presents Marcel Mayer’s recent works from Basel and printed works he created during his months in Yerevan in the solo exhibition “The Timeline Puzzle” with a total of 28 printed works at the Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art (ACCEA/NPAK) from November 17th to December 15th, 2017.
During his months in Yerevan, Foundation KulturDialog Armenien provides Marcel Mayer with the possibility to work in different printmaking studios in Yerevan and in different printmaking techniques. Thanks to Foundation KulturDialog Armenien, art students were given the chance to work with Marcel Mayer in two workshops in cooperation with Tumo Center for Creative Technologies and in one workshop in cooperation with the Mirzoyan Library in October and November 2017. The results of the first workshop were presented at the Mirzoyan Library in Yerevan on October 29th, 2017, in the presence of the artist Marcel Mayer, the jury president of the First Internationale Print Biennale Yerevan 2017, Inga Heamägi, and president of Foundation KulturDialog Armenien, Sona Harutyunyan.
Marcel Mayer is the official guest of honour of the “First International Print Biennale Yerevan 2017“, which is organized by Foundation KulturDialog Armenien in Yerevan from October 25th until December 15th, 2017. With 227 participating artists and 447 exhibited works by printmaking artists from 50 countries, the contest exhibition of the biennale brings examples of international printmaking with its tendencies from around the world for the first time to Yerevan and its art loving audience until December 15th, 2017. By presenting Marcel Mayer’s solo exhibition “The Timeline Puzzle” in the context of the “First International Print Biennale Yerevan 2017”, Foundation KulturDialog Armenien opens a unique insight into Marcel Mayer’s recent works from Basel and thus into the current Swiss printmaking art scene but, most importantly, into his latest works created in Yerevan during his artist-in-residence stay since July 2017.
This way, Foundation KulturDialog Armenien not only presents different and various artists and techniques of the art of printmaking for the first time in Yerevan but it initiated a new international printmaking dialogue. With Marcel Mayer’s solo exhibition “The Timeline Puzzle” Foundation KulturDialog Armenien continues a special Armenian-Swiss printmaking dialogue, which has been initiated in Basel (Switzerland) in cooperation with ‘Atelier Mondial’ and the professional printing studio ‘Druckwerk’ in Basel at the beginning of 2017. Foundation KulturDialog Armenien invites the Armenian audience to attend the opening of Marcel Mayer’s solo exhibition “The Timeline Puzzle” and to meet the Swiss print master Marcel Mayer at the Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art (ACCEA/NPAK) in Yerevan on November 17th, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Foundation KulturDialog Armenien presents:
Solo exhibition “The Timeline Puzzle”
Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art (ACCEA/NPAK)
1/3 Buzand, 0010 Yerevan
17. November – 13. December 2017
Opening hours: Tue – Sat: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Opening of the First International Print Biennale Yerevan 2017 and press conference at the Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art (NPAK) in Yerevan, on October 25th, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Foundation KulturDialog Armenien as the initiator and organizer of the first large scale contest for printmaking in Yerevan and in Armenia will open the First International Print Biennale Yerevan 2017 on October 25th, 2017 at 7 p.m. In cooperation with the Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art (NPAK) in Yerevan, 447 printed art works by 227 artists from 50 countries will be presented to the Armenian audience and will thus give a comprehensive insight into international tendencies of contemporary print making. During the press conference, the audience will get to know the members of the jury and will receive detailed information on the contest.
Starting with the opening ceremony, the international jury will examine the exhibited art works in order to reward the following prizes during the award ceremony on Saturday, October 28th, 2017 at 7 pm.: 1 Grand Prix, 1 First Prize, 1 Second Prize and 1 Third Prize. All artists, guests and visitors are invited to visit the contest exhibition and to attend the ceremonies of the First International Print Biennale Yerevan 2017 at the Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art (NPAK) in Yerevan and to visit the contest exhibition (25.10. – 10.11.2017). In the closing ceremony, on November 11th, 2017, the official biennale catalogue will be presented bringing together all exhibited artworks in on publication. Among the major supporters of the First International Print Biennale Yerevan 2017 are the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Armenia, and the embassies of Estonia, Germany, and Poland.
Since its foundation in 2012, KulturDialog Armenien has engaged in supporting and promoting contemporary printmaking by organizing a total of 15 exhibitions, artist-in-residence stays and programs for Armenian printmakers in Estonia, Germany, Switzerland, and also for international guests to Yerevan. Exchange and artistic dialogue are of vital importance, the more so if it is possible to combine experiences from different countries and traditions.
Thanks to 2 projects in Estonia (1artist-in-residence stay and 1 exhibition – Tallinn 2014), 6 projects in Germany (2 artist-in-residence stays – Halle/Saale, 2015; Freiburg in Breisgau 2016/ 3 exhibitions – Halle/Saale, 2015; Bonn, 2015; Bonn, 2016; 1 workshop in Freiburg in Breisgau), 4 projects in Switzerland (2 exhibitions – Arlesheim 2016 and 2017; 1 artist-in-residence stay – Basel 2017; 1 exhibition – Basel 2017), and 3 projects in Armenia (1 exhibition – Yerevan 2014; 1 exhibition – Yerevan 2015; 1 artist-in-residence stay – Yerevan 2017).
The First International Print Biennale will thus be the 16th and until now the largest project in the field of printmaking and aims at bringing together Armenian printmaking with international examples and ideas. Within the context of the biennale, 2 further exhibition projects of printed art works will be organized by Foundation KulturDialog Armenien: The solo exhibition by the Armenian artist Arman Vahanyan and by the Swiss artist Marcel Mayer (artist- in-residence in Yerevan).
For further details on the First International Print Biennale Yerevan 2017, its program and events please go to: http://yerevanprintbiennale.com .
Opening of the First International Print Biennale Yerevan 2017
Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art (NPAK)
Pavstos Buzand 1/3, Yerevan
October 25th, at 7 p.m.
Opening of the large scale retrospective exhibition “Shadows of Time. The Photographic Art of Gagik Harutyunyan 1970-1995“ of the Armenian photographer Gagik Harutyunyan at the Artists’ Union of Armenia in Yerevan, on August 25th, 2017 at 6 p.m.
Foundation KulturDialog Armenien in cooperation with Lusadaran Armenian Photography Foundation presents the first comprehensive retrospective “Shadows of Time. The Photographic Art of Gagik Harutyunyan 1970-1995“ of Gagik Harutyunyan (b. 1946) at the Artists’ Union of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia. The official opening of the exhibition and presentation of the catalogue will take place at the Artists’ Union of Armenia on August 25th, 2017 at 6 p.m.
Being one of the most important photographers during the 70s and 80s in Soviet-Armenia and during the 90s in Armenia, Gagik Harutyunyan marked the development of modern Armenian photography like no other photographer of those times. His most individual approach and pioneer use of photography contributed significantly to the development of Armenian photography and helped it become an independent art form in Armenia. This way, he strongly influenced more than two generations of photographers.
Since the early 70s and thus for more than 25 years, Harutyunyan’s works were published by Soviet, Soviet-Armenian and Armenian press and reached not only passionate photographers but also a large national and international audience.
Already at the beginning of his career, Harutyunyan proved to be a master of documentary photography. He was the only Soviet-Armenian photographer to travel to Africa, Estonia, Latvia, and to several European countries such as France, Belgium and Austria, assembling his impressions in series of investigative documentary series which he then was able to present to the audience in Armenia. The way he pictured the world behind the Iron Curtain but also the following documentaries of the 70ss and 80s series portraying his homeland Armenia lived on in the memory of all readers for a long time.
Harutyunyan did not solely capture and create a long lasting image of Armenia and its people, but he also accompanied its history and development, upheavals and changes in society on the country’s way to independence with an objective and analytic eye, focusing on the essential elements and – most importantly – on the human aspect of the motive. Nevertheless, many of his works were never shown to the public, mostly series displaying an overt critical approach or those of experimental character, which Harutyunyan preferred keeping in his archives.
Reaching a point of disillusionment in the late 1990s, Harutyunyan destroyed most of his printed photographs while keeping the negatives intact. In close cooperation with Gagik Harutyunyan and after almost six years of preparation, a selection of about 200 works comprising a period of 25 years was digitally restored and newly printed specially for this first retrospective exhibition. It will therefore present well known works by Harutyunyan but also photographs which had never been exhibited before.
With this large scale retrospective exhibition “Shadows of Time. The Photographic Art of Gagik Harutyunyan 1970-1995“, Foundation KulturDialog Armenien in cooperation with Lusadaran Armenian Photography Foundation gives Gagik Harutyunyan and his oeuvre the long due recognition:
The retrospective exhibition “Shadows of Time. The Photographic Art of Gagik Harutyunyan 1970-1995“ presents a comprehensive panorama of Harutyunyan’s work at the Artists’ Union of Armenia with a total of 183 exhibits covering 25 years of Harutyunyan’s career.
It shall enable the Armenian audience to gain an insight into the complex Oeuvre of one the country’s major photographers, but also into its history and the way the country sees itself, reflected in Harutyunyan’s photographs. On the basis of his early documentary series, his often poetical documentaries of Armenia, but also series portraying significant historical events and the late experimental series, the exhibition illustrates the impressive development of the artist, of his visions and of his critical point of view as well as of his always implicit, unsettling philosophical questions and problems Harutyunyan addresses in his works.
Thanks to the numerous aspects of Harutyunyan’s creativity presented in the exhibition’s context, the visitor of this exhibition will be able to comprehend the major importance of the oeuvre of Gagik Harutyunyan for the history and the development of modern and contemporary Armenian photography.
Foundation KulturDialog Armenien in cooperation with Lusadaran Armenian Photography Foundation has published an illustrated, bilingual catalogue (Armenian/English) to accompany the retrospective exhibition.
The catalogue (200 pages; published in Gera, Germany) will be presented during the official opening of the exhibition “Shadows of Time. The Photographic Art of Gagik Harutyunyan 1970-1995” at the Artists’ Union of Armenia in Yerevan on August 25th, 2017 at 6 p.m.
The exhibition project is realized in the context of the ‘Regional Art and Culture Project in the South Caucasus’, which is managed by the Culture and Management Lab with financial support of the Swiss Cooperation Office for the South Caucasus (SCO).
“Shadows of Time. The Photographic Art of Gagik Harutyunyan 1970-1995“
25.08. – 09.09.2017
Artists‘ Union of Armenia
16 Abovyan St
Mon – Fri: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
August 25th, 2017 at 6 p.m.
Sona Harutyunyan (Foundation KulturDialog Armenien)
Vigen Galstyan (Lusadaran Armenian Photography Foundation)
Opening of the solo exhibition “Contrastive Textures“ of the Armenian artist Tigran Sahakyan at ‘Kulturwerk T66’ in Freiburg in Breisgau, Germany, on June 23rd at 7 p.m.
Tigran Sahakyan is the second Armenian artist of the international artists’ exchange program organized by Stiftung KulturDialog Armenien (Yerevan, Armenia), Atelier Mondial (Christoph Merian Stiftung, Basel, Switzerland) and the Cultural Affairs Office of the City of Freiburg in Breisgau.
Since January 2017, he is artist-in-residence at ‘Kunsthaus L6’ in Freiburg in Breisgau. In his first solo exhibition in Germany “Contrastive Textures” at ‘Kulturwerk T66’ from June 23rd to July 14th, 2017, Tigran Sahakyan presents six large scale paintings he created during his stay in Freiburg in Breisgau.
“Contrastive Textures” focusses on relief-like textures, which Sahakyan establishes on the surface of the canvas by applying paint in movement and action but also by his choice of material.
Smooth and coarse, matt and shiny, even surfaces in contrast to relief structures are the basic motives here which he creates thanks to his very individual way of painting. For his solo exhibition Sahakyan painted two groups of three works each which function like a triad.
The two groups complement each other in their motives and show Sahakyan’s development towards new contrasting effects and variations whilst maintaining his typical characteristics.
After the first exhibition of Armenian art (Arman Vahanyan: “Visual Formations”) at ‘Kulturwerk T66’ in 2016, this solo exhibition “Contrastive Textures” of Tigran Sahakyan is the second occasion for the German audience to get an insight into the contemporary Armenian art scene and discover one of its outstanding representatives.
Art lovers and visitors can get in contact with the artist Tigran Sahakyan on the occasion of his performance in the context of the exhibition at ‘Kulturwerk T66’ in Freiburg in Breisgau on July 9th, 2017 at 11 a.m.
Tigran Sahakyan: “Contrastive Textures”
23.05. – 14.07.2017
79102 Freiburg in Breisgau
Sunday, July 9th, 2017:
Sunday’s brunch at 11 a.m.; Performance of Tigran Sahakyan at Kulturwerk T66 at 11:30 a.m.
Opening of the solo exhibition ‘Paper – Hand and Mind: Narrations in Art’ by the Swiss artist Therese Weber at the National Gallery of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia, on June 15th, 2017 at 2 p.m., and official press conference of the exhibition at 1 p.m.
Foundation KulturDialog Armenien presents the large scale solo exhibition ‘Paper – Hand and Mind: Narrations in Art’ of the Swiss artist Therese Weber at the National Gallery of Armenia in Yerevan from June 15th to July 15th, 2017.
Therese Weber is one of the most important protagonists of ‘Paper Art’ and an acclaimed representative of the contemporary Swiss art scene. Based on her artistic research on paper, its creation and its tradition, she is mainly active in the field of pulp painting: For her works, Therese Weber creates paper thanks to hand-poured and hand coloured pulp (paper fibre) and combines paper as her particular creative medium with drawing, print making and photography to explore new dimensions.
Showcasing more than 50 works by Therese Weber, this comprehensive exhibition offers a complex and varied panorama of her oeuvre, and also of different techniques and approaches she used during the last 20 years. Therese Weber got in contact with Armenia in 2015 and has since then integrated Armenia, its heritage and its people in her works, in her narratives and her book projects.
It is a great honour for Foundation KulturDialog Armenien to cooperate with the artist Therese Weber in this ambitious and prestigious project which is a great chance for KulturDialgo Armenien to present outstanding contemporary Swiss art for the first time to the Armenian audience. It is the intention of Foundation KulturDialog Armenien to introduce artists, art lovers and all visitors of this exhibition in Yerevan to Therese Weber’s artistic approach, her visions and artistic projects, but most of all to an interesting and fascinating artist and to start a new artistic dialogue.
Foundation KulturDialog Armenien wishes to strengthen this dialogue by organizing two public events with the artist Therese Weber at the National Gallery of Armenia:
In her lecture “Die Sprache des Papiers” (The Language of Paper/lecture in German) on Saturday, June 17th at 2 p.m. Therese Weber will elaborate different aspects of her work and address paper as an artistic medium. The audience will then be given the opportunity to discuss with Therese Weber and Sona Harutyunyan in the context of a public artists’ talk on Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 at 2 p.m.
On the occasion of the solo exhibition ‘Paper – Hand and Mind: Narrations in Art’ in Yerevan, a comprehensive 160 pages oeuvre catalogue was published by the widely renown German publishing house Wienand (Cologne) specialized in publication of art books.
This trilingual and richly illustrated catalogue presents a detailed insight into Therese Weber’s works dating from 1995 to today thanks to 121 illustrations including also works exhibited in Yerevan. The reader is given the possibility to discover not only the art works and also the artist Therese Weber thanks to essays by the art historian and Founding President of Foundation KulturDialog Armenien Sona Harutyunyan, by the art historian and former director of Leopold Hoesch Museum in Düren (Germany), Dr. phil. Dorothea Eimert, by the cultural researcher Dr. phil. Christoph Baumer and by the artist Therese Weber herself.
The authors explain and analyse origins, motives and the background of Therese Weber’s work and her creativity to provide the reader and the visitor with aspects relevant to explore Therese Weber’s unique approach to paper and to her artistic and intercultural dialogue.
The artist Therese Weber, the ambassador of the Swiss Confederation in Armenia, Lukas Gasser, Founding President of Foundation KulturDialog Armenien Sona Harutyunyan, a representative of the National Gallery of Armenia, as well as
Dr. phil. Christoph Baumer and the publisher Michael Wienand (Wienand publishing house, Cologne, Germany) will be present at the National Gallery of Armenia in Yerevan at the press conference on June 15th, 2017 at 1 p.m. and also at the opening of the exhibition at 2 p.m.
After the exhibition in Yerevan, Therese Weber’s ‘Paper – Hand and Mind: Narrations in Art’ will travel to Tbilisi, Georgia, and will be shown at the National Museum of Georgia in cooperation with KulturDialog Armenien in June 2018.
Paper – Hand and Mind: Narrations in Art
15.06. – 15.07.2017
National Gallery of Armenia
1 Arami Street (Entrance: Republic Square)
0010 Yerevan, Armenia
Tue – Sat: 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sun: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Free public lecture by Therese Weber: “Die Sprache des Papiers” (The Language of Paper) on Saturday, 17.06.2017 at 2 p.m.
Free public artists’ talk with Therese Weber and Sona Harutyunyan on Tuesday, 20.06.2017 at 2 p.m.
Opening of the solo exhibition “Parallel Realities” of the Armenian artist Arman Vahanyan (KulturDialog Armenien) at “Kurfürstliches Gärtnerhaus” in Bonn, Germany, on Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 at 11 a.m.
For the second time, Foundation KulturDialog Armenien in cooperation with Kurfürstliches Gärtnerhaus Bonn, Germany, presents an Armenian artist at the premises of Kurfürstliches Gärtnerhaus. Arman Vahanyan (KulturDialog Armenien) was chosen by the jury of Kurfürstliches Gärtnerhaus in June 2016 to showcase a total of 29 printed works from the last 17 years in his solo exhibition from April 23rd to May 11th, 2017.
Besides etchings, monotypes, offset lithographs, a linocut and a woodcut, the exhibition also shows 4 lithographs which the artist created during his artist-in-residence stay in Basel (invited by Atelier Mondial/ Christoph Merian Stiftung Basel), Switzerland, at the professional printing studio “druckwerk”.
Conceived as a retrospective, this exhibition provides the German audience with an insight into the manifold work of Vahanyan with its numerous series and different techniques from all periods of his artistic career since the year 2000.
After the solo exhibition of printed works “Every day’s surface” at Salon Mondial (Atelier Mondial, Basel, Schwitzerland) at the beginning of April, this exhibition in Bonn is the first show in Germany dedicated solely to printed works by Vahanyan.
Foundation KulturDialog Armenien organizes the “First International Print Biennale Yerevan 2017” in Yerevan, Armenia from October 25th to November 10th, 2017.
For this reason, KulturDialog Armenien deliberately puts printmaking artists and their works in the focus of attention already now in order to form a prelude for this new and unique event and in order to arouse curiosity for contemporary print making with artists and art lovers alike.
Part of this prelude to “The First International Print Biennale Yerevan 2017” were the exhibitions “KunstDialog No2” with printed works of the Armenian artist Tigran Sahakyan and works by the Swiss artist Therese Weber at “KunstRaum a.a.1 Arlesheim” (Basel-County, Switzerland) and the solo exhibition “Every day’s surface” presenting printed works by Arman Vahanyan at Salon Mondial (Atelier Mondial/Christoph Merian Stiftung Basel, Switzerland) in March and April 2017.
Foundation KulturDialog Armenien now continues this international print making dialogue in Germany with the exhibition “Parallel Realities” in Bonn to arouse enthusiasm for contemporary printmaking and to give the German audience an idea of the Armenian at scene by presenting Arman Vahanyan and the broad panorama of his works.
Arman Vahanyan: Parallel Realities
23.04. – 11.05.2017
Opening hours: Tue – Fri: 3-6 pm; Sat and Sun: 2 -5 pm
Opening of the solo exhibition “Every day’s surface”of the Armenian artist Arman Vahanyan at “Salon Mondial” (Atelier Mondial / Christoph Merian Stiftung), Basel, Switzerland, on Friday, March 31st at 6 p.m.
For the second time, the Armenian artists Arman Vahanyan (KulturDialog Armenien) was artist-in-residence of the international artists’ exchange program organized by Atelier Mondial (Christoph Merian Stiftung), Basel, Switzerland, Foundation KulturDialog Armenien (Yerevan, Armenia) and the Cultural Affairs Office of the City of Freiburg, Germany.
Since January 2017 Vahanyan spent three months in Basel on invitation by Atelier Mondial. Here, he was given the opportunity to work at the professional printing studio “druckwerk” with Marcel Mayer and Florian Dammeyer and he was able to broaden his knowledge of lithography printing techniques.
In his first solo exhibition in Switzerland, Vahanyan presents a retrospective of those lithographs he created during his stay in Basel, a linocut he did during his artist-in-residence stay at „Kunsthaus L6” at Freiburg in Breisgau, Germany, in November and December 2016, and a choice of offset lithographs he created during his artist-in-residence stay in Tallinn, Estonia in 2014. A large scale painting from his first artist-in-residence stay in Freiburg in Breisgau, Germany, in the first half of 2016 will round off this very individual artistic panorama.
The exhibition makes the surface the subject of discussion as its structure and quality are of great importance for every printmaking and painting artist. The audience will be given the possibility to gain a unique insight in the varied oeuvre of Arman Vahanyan and it may discover examples of current contemporary Armenian art in the field of printing and painting.
„Arman Vahanyan: Every day’s surface “
Atelier Mondial / Christoph Merian Stiftung
Wed – Sun: 12 – 18 h
Opening of the exhibition „Auftakt/Kunstdialog. Ausstellungszyklus No2“, presenting graphic works and a painting by the Armenian artist Tigran Sahakyan (KulturDialog Armenien) and pulp painting works by the Swiss artist Therese Weber at KulturRaum a.a.1 in Arlesheim (Basel-County), Switzerland, on March 17th, 2017, at 6 p.m.