KulturDialog Armenien receives representatives of Mondriaan Fund

On November 8th, 2016, Foundation KulturDialog Armenien received the representatives of Mondriaan Fund and a group of international professionals in Yerevan in order to present KulturDialog Armenien, its work and its artists to the group’s delegates from the Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium and Switzerland. This year, a group of curators from the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark and Switzerland visits museums, and galleries and meets people active in the field of contemporary art in Iran (Tehran, Kashan and Isfahan) and Armenia (Yerevan and Gyumri).

The goal of this orientation trip is to extend international networks and contacts, and to stimulate the international dialogue between art professionals. A selected number of institutions, such as galleries, museums and artists will be visited. With this initiative, the organizations want to contribute to a quality intercultural dialogue, stimulating future exchanges between cultural institutions and individuals in different countries.

Armenian pianist and composer Haky Melikyan – Lutherkirche Bad Cannstatt, Stuttgart, Germany

In cooperation with ‘Armenian Cultural Days Stuttgart”, Foundation KulturDialog Armenien presents the Armenian pianist and composer Hayk Melikyan on the occasion of a piano recital of modern and contemporary Armenian classical music at Lutherkirche Stuttgart (Bad Cannstatt), Germany on October 22nd of 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Melikyan will interpret works by the Jewish-Armenian composer Willy Weiner (*1955) and the most important composer and founder of modern Armenian classical music Komitas (1869–1935). Additionally, Melikyan will give an insight into contemporary Armenian classical music with works by Harutyun Dellalyan (1937–1990), Eduard Mirzoyan (1921–2012) and Arno Babadjanyan (1921–1983).
After his performance at the annual international “Festival at the Arcades” at the Royal Palace in Warsaw, Poland in August 2013 (dedicated to the 110th anniversary of the Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978) and his appearance at “Händelhaus” in Halle (Saale) in May 2015 in the context of the “Armenian Cultural Days: In Motion” of the German county of Sachsen-Anhalt,
Foundation KulturDialog Armenien presents Hayk Melikyan for the second time in Germany and especially in Stuttgart as a first cooperation with “Armenian Cultural Days Stuttgart”.
Foundation KulturDialog Armenien has been established in Yerevan, Armenia, in 2012. Since then, it is our declared aim to support and to promote Armenian artists, to create new and innovative platforms which will allow making Armenian art and culture better known to a national and international audience and grant access to contemporary art and music. Artists and the audience alike benefit from this artistic and intercultural dialogue which will open new perspectives and options for contemporary art and its representatives. For its artists Foundation KulturDialog Armenien successfully initiates, organizes and carries out exhibitions, artistic projects and artistic exchange programs in Armenia and in Europe focussing mainly on Germany and Switzerland since 2012.

Start of the International Arts Exchange Program between Switzerland, Germany and Armenia

Initiated and supported by Foundation KulturDialog Armenien and in cooperation with the Christoph Merian Foundation / Atelier Mondial (Basel, Switzerland), the Cultural Affairs Office of the City of Freiburg in Breisgau (county of Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany), the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg in Breisgau and the Museum of New Art of Freiburg in Breisgau a new program has been created to promote artistic and cultural exchange between Basel, Freiburg in Breisgau and its region and Yerevan (Armenia).
The program will enable artists to live and work as artist-in-residence in Armenia, Germany or Switzerland for a period of six months. Beginning in 2016, the city of Freiburg in Breisgau will host an Armenian artist who then will be given the chance to work in the city’s artistic printing studio “L6”. In return, a Suisse or German artist will stay as artist-in-residence in Yerevan. He or she will be hosted by Foundation KulturDialog Armenien and will live and work at one of “Kotchar 13” studios. Subsequently, the artist will be given the opportunity to present the works he or she created during his or her stay in a special exhibition in order to get in contact with the local audience.
Thanks to the great and indispensable financial support of the Embassy of Switzerland in Armenia and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Armenia the representatives of our Swiss and German partners will come to Yerevan to officially launch the program together with Foundation KulturDialog Armenien as their sole Armenian partner.
This way, Mrs. Nathalie Unternährer and Dr. Alexandra Stäheli (Christoph Merian Foundation / Atelier Mondial, Basel, Switzerland), Mr. Joachim Koennecke (Cultural Affairs Office, City of Freiburg in Breisgau, Germany), Prof. Dr. Angeli Janhsen (Department of Art History, University of Freiburg in Breisgau, Germany) and Dr. Christine Litz (Museum of New Art, Freiburg in Breisgau, Germany) will be given the chance to get to know the art scene of Yerevan and to actually meet the first Armenian artist to participate in the program.
By means of this program, the Armenian artist will live and work in Freiburg in Breisgau as artist-in-residence from January to June 2016. At the end of his stay he will present his works to the German audience in a special exhibition in Freiburg in Breisgau.

Tigran Sahakyan’s pictural performance – Musée d’Aquitaine in Bordeaux, France

At the invitation of the Association Culturelle Arménienne Bordeaux Aquitaine (ACABA), the Réseau Aquitain pour l’Histoire et la Mémoire de l’Immigration (RAHMI), the Association du Lien Interculturel Familial et Social (AFLIS), and the Musée d’Aquitaine Bordeaux, the artist Tigran Sahakyan of Stiftung KulturDialog Armenien participated as “Artist-in-Residence” at the festival “Bons Baisers d’Arménie” in Bordeaux, France (05-07/06/2015).

Tigran Sahakyan’s pictural performance took place at the Musée d’Aquitaine in Bordeaux on Saturday, June 6th, 2015 at 8:10 pm. As representative of the current Armenian art scene he provided the French audience with an insight in his way of working and his creation of a unique art work right there at the museum. We are very happy that Tigran Sahakyan is the first artist of KulturDialog Armenien who made this first step to France and that he thus opened an entirely new destination for our Foundation.

“Waiting For The Dawn”, Hayk Melikyan – Piano recital at the Händelhaus in Halle (Saale), Germany

Piano recital “Waiting for the Dawn“ of the Armenian pianist and composer Hayk Melikyan at the Händelhaus, Halle (Saale), Germany, in the context of the Armenian Cultural Days “In Motion” organized by KulturDialog Foundation and the County of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, dedicated to the commemoration of the centenary of the Armenian Genocide.

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“Time and Space” fine arts workshop – Yerevan, Armenia

“KulturDialog Armenien” and the Museums of The Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin of the Republic of Armenia  presented the conference entitled „Christianity.People.Civilization“ and the fine arts workshop „Time and Space“ as part of the international arts festival „Crossing Borders“ which was took place in Yerevan from 22. – 28. September 2014.

This festival, then called „Crossing Borders“, was part of the conference’s programm in 2013 and started off as a cooperation of the Bonn Cultural Office at the „Künstlerforum Bonn“. At the time, artists from countries such as Armenia, Austria, Germany, and Iceland participated in the artistic festival. KulturDialog Armenien managed for the Armenian artist Tigran Sahakyan to represent the Republic of Armenia. The results of the artistic cooperation were presented to the audience in Bonn and were met with great interest. The President of KulturDialog Armenien, Mrs. Sona Harutyunyan, and Archbishiop Asoghik Karapetyan (Director of the Museums and Archives of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin) both had been invited to contribute to the international conference „Kultur.Stadt.Religion“ with a lecture, corresponding to their field of experience.

Thanks to the positive response at the time and on the initiative of “KulturDialog Armenien”, this conference was continued in Armenia in fall 2014. This proposal was met with great enthusiasm by last year’s participants, who agreed to come to Armenia.

Consequently, besides the lectures and talks provided by the international participants for the conference, “KulturDialog Armenien” initiated in the NPAK/ACCEA (Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art) to host the fine arts workshop „Time and Space“. The artists who  participated in the workshop were Hamlet Havsepyan, Tigran Sahakyan, Ashot Grigoryan and Harutyun Chqolyan (Yerevan, Armenia), Johanna Binder, Martina Stock, Tamara Volgger and Christian Schratt (Salzburg, Austria), Jürgen Middelmann and Yuriy Ivashkevich (Bonn, Germany), and Rosa Gisladottir (Reykjavik, Iceland).

During four days, the artists worked in the NPAK/ACCEA (Armenian Center for Contemporary Experiemental Art) and   was  given the chance to present their works personally in the local “The Club”. As a final event,  the NPAK/ACCEA organized a grand opening ceremony for a joint exhibition of the works of all participating artists in its premises in Yerevan on September 26th.


For more information:

1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmBw8BwvtvA&list=PLC8jJ5vmia39TUAZxMSzwi5wQMRGbiuVO

2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GF0kV2T4pCM

3. http://www.1tv.am/hy/videos/2014/09/17/17-09-14-%D4%B1%D5%BC%D5%A1%D5%BE%D5%B8%D5%BF-%D5%AC%D5%B8%D6%82%D5%BD%D5%B8-%D5%B4%D5%A1%D5%BD-II/997

4. http://www.newsarmenia.ru/culture/20140917/43102433.html

5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyfk6XW9mEg

6. http://lyunse.com/?p=13066

7. http://oracle94.com/yurij-ivashkevich-zhivopis-v-abstragirovanii-idei-i-ogranichennosti-detalej/

8. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.628839507235007.1073741932.411660985619528&type=3

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14. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.631447086974249.1073741939.411660985619528&type=3

“East of Culture – Different Sounds Art’n Music Festival”: “Simulacrum” project and “New Voices in Armenian Cinema” programm

At the invitation of the “East of Culture – Different Sounds Art’n Music Festival” at Lublin, Poland, was held July 8th – 23rd, 2014, “KulturDialog Armenien” Organization presented the project “Simulacrum” by the Armenian Artist Narek Avetisyan at the local “Galeria Gardzienice” and  also presented modern Armenian movies “New Voices in Armenian Cinema” as part of the program at the gallery’s exhibition hall.

In order to give the audience an insight in contemporary Armenian art, “KulturDialog Armenien’s” board member and museologist Tatev Saroyan  gave a lecture on “New Armenian Art – Horizontal Landscape”.

All in all, the festival in Lublin was the 8th venue for the “Simulacrum” Project . Before, it had been presented already in 3 exhibitions in Yerevan, Armenia (in Yerevan at the ACCEA “NPAK” – Armenian Centre for Contemporary Experimental Art), at the “Academy” gallery, and at the United Nations DP Country office, all in 2011) and in 4 international exhibitions (at the International Art Salon “artbygenève” in Geneva, Switzerland (2011), at the “Zamek Królewski w Warszawie“ (The Royal Palace), Warsaw, Poland (2013), at “InteriorDasein” Gallery, Berlin, Germany (2013), and at “Muzeum Narodowe w Szczecinie” (National Gallery), Szczecin, Poland (2013).

On the occasion of the festival “East of Culture – Different Sounds Art’n Music”, the Armenian artist Narek Avetisyan  met the Polish artist Waldemar Tatarczuk. The two artists already met in 1992 and now took advantage of the festival to create a performance entitled “22 Years later”. This artists’ performance was recorded on video and was presented to the Armenian public on Avetisyan’s return to Yerevan.

The artists participated in the festival “East of Culture – Different Sounds Art’n Music” came from 11 countries: Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belorussia, Georgia, Israel, Moldavia, Poland, Russia, the UK, Ukraine, and the US.


For more information

1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AXn0dnMVoM

2. http://m.mamul.am/am/post/33721

3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qRuMNf-BgI

4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfavoe4YGRE&feature=youtu.be

5. http://style.news.am/rus/news/15650/sovremennoe-armyanskoe-iskusstvo-ne-dolzhno-otkhodit-ot-zalozhennogo-v-nem-cveta-i-ploskostnogo-miyshleniya-kak-zaloga-abstrakcianizma-narek-avetisyan.html

6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGwfXyzUwTk

7. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFXRpGqAoAs&feature=youtu.be

8. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.586267971492161.1073741913.411660985619528&type=3

9. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.586277321491226.1073741914.411660985619528&type=3

10. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.587587824693509.1073741916.411660985619528&type=3

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13. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.603499766435648.1073741929.411660985619528&type=3

14. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.603501699768788.1073741930.411660985619528&type=3

15. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.585768624875429.1073741912.411660985619528&type=3

16. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.590323651086593.1073741923.411660985619528&type=3

“Text, Klang, Werk” – Herford, Lübeck, Hamburg; Germany

The project “Intercultural and Interdisciplinary Improvisation on a Text by Armin T. Wegner and by Sören Kierkegaard” was realized on the initiative the German architect Guido Hülsmann and the Lutheran-Protestant parish of St. Marien Stiftberg Herford(Germany), in collaboration with “Gallery 25″(Gyumri) and “KulturDialog Armenien” and in the German cities of Herford, Lübeck and Hamburg from 23rd to 29th April 2014. Supporters of the project were the Ministry for Armenian Diaspora, the Armenian Cultural Ministry and the Armenian Embassy in Germany. The event were organized by the priest of St. Marien Stiftberg Herford, Dr. Wolfgang Otto and Mrs. Sona Harutyunyan (KulturDialog Armenien).

The aim of this project was combine text and speech with musical improvisation (organ and Armenian “duduk”) and the creation of fine arts (painting and sculpture). This way, the texts were given additional levels of interpretation, concentrating on the ideas of hope and on believing the incredible, which were then to be experienced by the audience.

A total of 14 artists from Armenia (Yerevan and Gyumri)  worked together with Prof. Franz Danksagmüller (organ improvisation) of Lübeck Conservatory (Germany), Prof. Gevorg Dabaghyan (duduk improvisation) of Gyumri Conservatory (Armenia) and two German actors (texts by Wegner and Kierkegaard).

The events were recorded and were available as film and audio documentations. The paintings and sculptures together the recordings will then be also made accessible to the Armenian audience in Yerevan.

The Armenian artists participating in the project were:

Yerevan: Sona Abgaryan, Vahagn Galstyan, Ashot Grigoryan, Hamlet Hovsepyan, Tigran Kirakosyan, Sahak Poghosyan, Tigran Sahakyan, Vanand Shiraz, Lilit Vagharshyan.

Gyumri: Karen Alekyan, Levon Fljyan, Gevorg Sargsyan (Chala), Albert Vardanyan, Hrach Vardanyan.


For more information:

1. http://www.nw-news.de/owl/kreis_herford/herford/herford/11009509_Unendliches_Leid_stetige_Hoffnung_Freunde.html

2. http://newsarmenia.ru/society/20140507/43053215.html

3. http://www.yerkirmedia.am/?act=news&lan=hy&id=20071

4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrZD8uMNLCM&feature=youtu.be&t=36m48s

5. http://www.youth.am/index.php?lang=1&id=22709&t=8

6. http://lyunse.com/?p=12490

7. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.547777295341229.1073741898.411660985619528&type=3

8. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.548138651971760.1073741899.411660985619528&type=3

9. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.548867825232176.1073741900.411660985619528&type=3

10. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.549395308512761.1073741901.411660985619528&type=3

17th Tallinn “Black Nights Film Festival (BNFF)” – Tallinn, Estonia

Thanks to the sponsoring and the patronage of “KulturDialog” Foundation, 17 Armenian films were presented in the Estonian capital Tallinn on the occasion of the 17th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival – BNFF in a special program section “New Voices in Armenian Films” from 21th – 26th November. The Armenian Film Program was presented thanks to the participation and cooperation of “Lusadaran”-Foundation.

The film project curators were director Diana Kardumyan and the art historian Vigen Galstyan . At the opening ceremony  among other guests were Tiina Lokk (Director of Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival – BNFF) , the curators of the Armenian film program director Diana Kardumyan , the art historian Vigen Galstyan, Michael Vatinyan (the director of the film “Joan and the voices”) and Ms. Sona Harutyunyan (the President of the “Cultures in Dialogue” Foundation Armenia).


For more information:

1.Տալլինի փառատոնում ցուցադրվելու են հայ ռեժիսորների ֆիլմեր | Կինոաշխարհ


2.Новости – Армения


3.Dialogues between past and present: young filmmakers on memory and rememberance – New Voices…


4. New Voices in Armenian Films – Black Nights Film Festival Nov 15 – 1 Dec 2013

5. Twisted realities: new perspectives and new aesthetics – New Voices in Armenian Films – Black…

6.Cinema of alienation. The films of Mika Vatinyan – New Voices in Armenian Films – Black Nights…

(http://2013.poff.ee/eng/films/programmes.p/new-voices-in-armenian-films/cinema-of-alienation-the-films-of-mika-vatinyan)թ., «Կենտրոն» հեռուստաընկերության հյուրերն են ծրագրի համադրողներն՝ ռեժիսոր Դիանա Կարդումյանը և արվեստաբան Վիգեն Գալստյանը:


8.New Voices in Armenian Films – Black Nights Film Festival Nov 15 – 1 Dec 2013


9.Էստոնիայի «Մութ գիշերներ» կինոփառատոնում կցուցադրվի 70 երկրների 255 ֆիլմ. այդ թվում` հայկական 17…


10.«Մշակույթների երկխոսություն» հիմնադրամի նախաձեռնությամբ և հովանավորությամբ 2013թ.-ի նոյեմբերի 21ից-26ը Էստոնիայի մայրաքաղաք Տալլինի 17րդ ամենամյա «Սև գիշերներ» միջազգային կինոփառատոնին /17thTallinn Black Nights Film Festival (BNFF)/ առանձին ծրագրով կներկայացվի հայկական 17 ֆիլմ:


11.Tallinn / 21.11.2013 – 26.11.2013 (8 photos)


12.17th Tallinn “Black Nights Film Festival (BNFF)”(5 photos)


13.”Joan and the voices” / Tallinn / 22.11.13 (4 photos)


14.Tallinn / 22.11.2013 / Radio 4 (2 photos)


15.Հայկական կինոյի ծրագիրը արժանացել է Տալլինի «Սև գիշերներ» միջազգային կինոփառատոնի հավանությանը |…


16.Հայկական ֆիլմերը` Տալլինի կինոփառատոնում


17.Новости – Армения


18.Հայկական ժամանակակից կինոն` «Սեւ գիշերներ»-ում


19.В Таллине представили “Новые голоса кино Армении”


20.«Սեւ գիշերներ»-ը բացահայտել են հայկական ֆիլմերի գաղտնիքը

2.( http://kinoashkharh.am/սեւ-գիշերներ-ը-բացահայտել-են-հայկակ/#sthash.20ThxD0V.dpu)

21.TVARM.RU / 17th Tallinn “Black Nights Film Festival (BNFF)”

“Under the Arcades”, Hayk Melikyan – Warsaw, Poland

On August 25th 2013 CDA initiated a concert of charismatic Armenian pianist Hayk Melikyan to be part of the annual international Warsaw’s Festival “Under the Arcades”. As the festival celebrated the 110th jubilee of the famous Armenian composer Aram Khachaturyan (1903-1978), Hayk Melikyan’s program for the concert consisted of a large variety of pieces of only Armenian composers. He interpreted works of classic as well as contemporary Armenian composers.

For more information.

1.Hayk Melikyan 25.08.2013


2.ЕРЕВАН, 24 сен – Новости-Армения. Известный пианист, заслуженный артист Армении Айк Меликян


3.KOMITAS: Dances performed by Hayk Melikyan


4.Evening with piano recital of Hayk Melikyan — at Zamek Królewski w Warszawie
(http://www.zamek-krolewski.pl/en/the-kubicki-arcades-and-the-royal-gardens/the-kubicki-arcades/the-royal-arcades-of-art-2013)5.Hayk Melikyan ”Novosti”