“The Timeline Puzzle“, Marcel Mayer – Yerevan, Armenia

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:
Marcel Mayer
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.

“Contrastive Textures“, Tigran Sahakyan – Freiburg in Breisgau, Germany

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
Kulturwerk T66
Talstraße 86
79102 Freiburg in Breisgau
Germany

Sunday, July 9th, 2017:

Sunday’s brunch at 11 a.m.; Performance of Tigran Sahakyan at Kulturwerk T66 at 11:30 a.m.

“Every day’s surface”, Arman Vahanyan – Basel, Switzerland

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 “

Salon Mondial
Atelier Mondial / Christoph Merian Stiftung

Freilager-Platz 10
4142 Münchenstein
Switzerland
Opening hours:
Wed – Sun: 12 – 18 h

“Visual Formations“, Arman Vahanyan – Freiburg, Germany

Foundation KulturDialog Armenien started a new artists’ exchange program this year in cooperation with Christoph Merian Stiftung (Atelier Mondial), Switzerland, and the office of cultural affairs of Freiburg in Breisgau, Germany.
Thanks to this initiative, the Armenian artist Arman Vahanyan (KulturDialog Armenien) is the guest of the City of Freiburg in Breisgau as artist-in-residence at the “L6” studio from January until July 2016.
The exhibition “Visual Formations” at Kulturwerk T66 (Artists’ Association of South-Baden) in Freiburg in Breisgau presents six large scale paintings which Arman Vahanyan created during his stay in Freiburg in Breisgau, Germany.
The artist’s stay and his work have been generously supported by Rotary Club Freiburg-Zähringen.
From May 13th to June 12th, 2016.

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.

“Voices of the Past”, Tigran Kirakosyan – Halle (Saale), Germany

On the initiative of Foundation KulturDialog Armenien and in cooperation with the Fine Arts Museum Moritzburg in Halle (Saale) in Saxony-Anhalt (Germany), the Cultural Ministry of the county of Saxony-Anhalt and thanks to the support of the City of Halle, a new ‘Artist-in-Residence program’ started on March 2, 2015.

This exchange program allowed the Armenian artist Tigran Kirakosyan, as the program’s first candidate, to come to Halle (Saale) and to work in the painting and graphic studios of Halle’s Fine Arts Academy “Burg Giebichenstein” for 10 weeks until May 10th, 2015. Principal subject for his work was this year’s centenary commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. The exhibition of Kirakosyan’s works ”Voices of the Past” opened in the presence of the artist on May 11th, 2015 at 5 pm in the Fine Arts Museum Moritzburg in Halle (Saale), Germany.

Cultural Minister of Saxony-Anhalt, Stefan Dorgerloh, was present for the vernissage and he was thus officially represent the county in its commemoration of the Genocide and appreciated its contemporary expression in works of art. The President of Foundation KulturDialog Armenien, Sona Harutyunyan, also came to Germany to assist the opening of the exhibition and see the results of this first artistic exchange.

“The Surprised Eye“, by Estonian contemporary graphic artists – Yerevan, Armenia

Foundation KulturDialog Armenien participated with its three artists Tigran Sahakyan, Arman Vahanyan, and Tigran Kirakosyan in the Armenian-Estonian cultural mission, June 12–16, 2013. Thanks to the Foundations initiative and sponsoring and in cooperation with the Association of Estonian Printmakers, these three artists were invited as ‘artists-in-residence’ to come to Tallinn for 4 weeks. Here, they were given the possibility to work in the offset printmaking studio Albatross Editions (Tigran Sahakyan, Arman Vahanyan) and the association’s printing studio (Tigran Kirakosyan) from March 15 – April 15, 2014. Their works were then presented in the National Library of Estonia in the special exhibition “Striding Imprints. Tigran Sahakyan, Arman Vahanyan, and Tigran Kirakosyan in Tallinn”.
As the result of this productive cooperation, the exhibition “The Surprised Eye” opened on Friday, 26 June at 4 pm. In return it presented a comprehensive choice of 126 works by 34 contemporary Estonian graphic artists at the premises of the Artists’ Union of Armenia in Yerevan. Additionally, the exhibition showed the best 25 examples of contemporary Estonian book printing of the year 2014.
This exhibition was made possible thanks to the initiative and sponsoring of Foundation KulturDialog Armenien, in cooperation with the Association of Estonian Printmakers, with the Ministry of Culture of Estonia and the Estonian Cultural Fund, the sponsoring and support of the Estonian Embassy in Armenia and the Cultural Ministry of Armenia. The trilingual catalogue (Armenian, Estonian, English) accompanying the exhibition containing an art historical contribution of Vappu Thurlow was presented the day of the opening and was available at the Artists’ Union of Armenia during the whole time of the exhibition. As part of the side program of the exhibition “The Surprised Eye”, a 3 hours workshop with Tarrvi Laamann on the topic of the Japanese method of wood-block printing took place on Friday, June 27, 2015, at 1 pm. Participants of all ages were invited to join without preliminary notice.

“Striding Imprints”, Tigran Sahakyan, Arman Vahanyan, and Tigran Kirakosyan – Tallinn, Estonia

Initiated by “Kulturdialog Armenien” and in cooperation with The Association of Estonian Printmakers,the three Armenian painters Tigran Sahakyan, Arman Vahanyan and Tigran Kirakosyan visited Tallinn as artists in residence from March 15th artists were given the chance to work in two studios of the The Association of Estonian Printmakers: Tigran Sahakyan and Arman Vahanyan  created works in the offset printing studio, while Tigran Kiratosyan worked in the very studio of The Association of Estonian Printmakers.

In order to present the results of this cooperation, the National Library of Estonia opened a special exhibition “Striding Imprints: Tigran Sahakyan, Arman Vahanyan, and Tigran Kirakosyan in Tallinn”,  dedicated to these three Armenian artists and the works they  had created in different techniques (offset lithography, etching and monotype) during their time of residence in Tallinn. According to the head of the exhibitions department with the Estonian National Library, this exhibition of the works by Tigran Sahakyan, Arman Vahanyan and Tigran Kirakosyan was enable the Library to present Armenian modern art to the Estonian Public for the first time.

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