“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:

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

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“Minas and Narek Avetisyan. Modernism and Avant-garde in Armenia” – Halle (Saale), Germany

In cooperation with the German county Sachsen-Anhalt and its county museum Stiftung Moritzburg (Landesmuseum Sachsen-Anhalt) “Kulturdialog Armenien” presented the exhibition “Minas and Narek Avetisyan. Modernism and Avant-garde in Armenia“ in Halle (Saale), Germany from February 21st to May 4th, 2014. This exhibition in Germany contrasts 21 works by Minas Avetisyan with 9 works by his son Narek Avetisyan. This way, the German audience  gained insight in different periods of Minas’ oeuvre and simultaneously experience works of Narek Avetisyans „Interfractal-Series of 2008-2010“. Father and son were united in one exhibition for the first time. Being the two most prominent representatives of Armenian art of the second half of the 20th century, they  illustrated the development of Armenian painting in an intergenerational dialogue.

An illustrated trilingual catalogue (German, Armenian, English) was published on the occasion of this exhibition in Halle. It includes an essay on Minas by Art History Professor Emeritus Dr. Wilhelm Schlink and a comprehensive and exclusive interview, Narek Avetisyan granted art historian Marie-Christine Fritsch.

In addition to the exhibition, Kulturdialogue Armenien arranged with the museum Stiftung Moritzburg to show contemporary Armenian Films at the city’s central cinema. Among the films shown was Edgar Baghdasaryan’s films „The Land of Holy Rites“ and „From Ararat to Zion“.

For more information:

1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vVbu0RokfA#t=187

2. http://www.kulturfalter.de/index.php?id=halle_termindetails&eid=17074

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8. http://lyunse.com/?p=11697

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12. http://www.saalereporter.de/minas-und-marek-avetisyan-armenische-kuenstler-der-moderne-in-der-moritzburg/

13. http://orer.eu/%D5%B4%D5%AB%D5%B6%D5%A1%D5%BD-%D6%87-%D5%B6%D5%A1%D6%80%D5%A5%D5%AF-%D5%A1%D5%BE%D5%A5%D5%BF%D5%AB%D5%BD%D5%B5%D5%A1%D5%B6%D5%B6%D5%A5%D6%80%D5%AB-%D5%A1%D5%B7%D5%AD%D5%A1%D5%BF%D5%A1%D5%B6%D6%84/

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