“Auftakt/Kunstdialog. Ausstellungszyklus No2“, Tigran Sahakyan & Therese Weber – Arlesheim, Switzerland

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.

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.

“Auftakt/Kunstdialog. Ausstellungszyklus No. 1“, Arman Vahanyan & Therese Weber – Arlesheim, Switzerland

Exhibition „Auftakt/Kunstdialog. Ausstellungszyklus No. 1“, presenting graphic works by the Armenian artist Arman Vahanyan (KulturDialog Armenien) and pulp painting works photography and the book series B-i-B by the Swiss artist Therese Weber at KulturRaum Arlesheim (Basel/Switzerland).
In cooperation with the Swiss artist Prof Therese Weber (University of Northwestern Switzerland) and the Studio House KulturRaum Arlesheim, Foundation KulturDialog Armenien organizes the exhibition “Auftakt/Kunstdialog. Ausstellungszyklus No. 1” in Arlesheim, Switzerland:
After Arman Vahanyan’s first solo exhibition “Visual Formations” at T66 Kulturwerk in Freiburg in Breisgau, the exhibition in Arlesheim (Switzerland) this is the second exhibition during Arman Vahanyan’s artist-in-residence’ stay in the context of the new artistic exchange program between Foundation KutlurDialog Armenien, Christoph Merian Foundation Basel (Atelier Mondial) and the Cultural Affairs Office of the city of Freiburg in Breisgau.
The choice of graphic works by Arman Vahanyan and works in the field of pulp painting, photography and the book series B-i-B (started in 2014) by Therese Weber creates an interesting artistic contrast and gives a unique insight into the contemporary Armenian and Swiss art scene, as well as their common but also different artistic positions.
The exhibition in Arlesheim is the beginning of a new Swiss-Armenian artistic dialogue, which Foundation KulturDialog Armenien will continue in cooperation with Therese Weber with her solo exhibition “Paper- Hand and ‘Mind’ Narrations in New Art” in Yerevan in 2017.

“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.

“15 Points of View”, Felice Varini – Yerevan, Armenia

The Embassy of Switzerland in Armenia and Foundation “KulturDialog Armenien” will present the exhibition “15 points of view” with works by the Swiss artist Felice Varini at the “Hay Art” cultural center in Yerevan, Armenia, from May 3rd to 13th, 2016.
Felice Varini (b. 1952) has been exploring architectural space with art works for over twenty years. His sensitive interventions into those spaces have fascinated observers all over the world, as his work turns seeing into a real experience.
Varini takes enclosed spaces or the urban environment and arranges geometric, abstract installations in them. Those formal organizations might be not comprehensible at first glance. But, suddenly, they concentrate the viewers’ glance at a single point, the “point of view”, exploring the features of the specific architectural building.
Thanks to the exhibition “15 Points of View” the Armenian audience will be given the chance to gain an insight into a peculiar point of view, which is aimed to combine contemporary art and architectural space.
The Swiss artist Felice Varini will participate in two art talks in Yerevan, which will take place at the “Tumo” Center for Creative Technologies on May 2nd at 7 pm and at “Mirzoyan” Library, on May 4th at 7 pm.
The Embassy of Switzerland in Armenia and Foundation “KulturDialog Armenien” will present this project within the context of the “Francophonie” days in Armenia with the generous support of ArmSwissBank.

“Returning to the Present”, Tigran Kirakosyan – Bonn, Germany

In cooperation with “Kurfürstliches Gärtnerhaus Bonn“, Foundation KulturDialog Armenien will present the exhibition “Tigran Kirakosyan: Rückkehr zur Gegenwart“ (Tigran Kirakosyan: Returning to the Present“ at the “Kurfürstliches Gärtnerhaus Bonn“ from April 17th to May 5th, 2016. The Armenian artist Tigran Kirakosyan (Foundation KulturDialog Armenien) was selected from a large number of candidates by the committee of the Kurfürstliches Gärtnerhaus Bonn to present 16 monotypes and one of his dry point etchings in this exclusive personal exhibition.
In his large format monotypes, Tigran Kirakosyan (*1983) argues the way we commemorate historical events, the past and how the artist may deal with his very personal artistic point of view in present times. Kirakosyan questions himself as an artist, and he perceives the present as a necessity to assimilate impressions. It is an invitation to critically reflect upon your own history and to gain an insight into an outstanding example of present contemporary, Armenian art.
Thanks to Foundation KulturDialog Armenien, this is Kirakosyan’s third exhibition outside of Armenia and the second personal exhibition in Germany: “Striding Imprints: Tigran Sahakyan, Arman Vahanyan and Tigran Kirakosyan in Tallinn” (National Library of Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia, 2014) and “Voices of the Past” (Fine Arts Museum Moritzburg, Halle, Germany, 2015).
After the 1. International Festival “Crossing Borders” in Bonn, Germany, in 2013, the 2. International Festival “Crossing Borders” in Yerevan, Armenia, in 2014 and the exhibition “All Together Now” at Künstlerforum Bonn, Germany, in November 2015, the exhibition “Tigran Kirakosyan: Returning to the Present” is the fourth cooperation of Foundation KulturDialog Armenien with the city of Bonn and its cultural institutions.
17.04. – 05.05.2016

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.

“100 Years – 100 Artists” by Galerie Sobering – Paris, France

First step of the project “100 years – 100 artists” by Galerie Sobering (Paris, France) : Works by international and emerging artists to be presented at the International Art Fair YIA at Carreau du Temple in Paris, France, October 22nd – 25th, 2015.
On the occasion of the 100th year commemorating the Armenian Genocide, Galerie Sobering, Paris, will hold an auction of contemporary artworks in favour of ARAM (Association pour la Recherche et l’Archivage de la Mémoire Arménienne) at the Hôtel de l’Industrie in Paris, on 29th October 2015, at 7:30 pm. The project is entitled “100 years – 100 artists “ and it brings together 100 works of art by international and emerging artists. The entire proceeds of the auction will be donated to ARAM.
Thanks to Guillaume Toumanian, president of ACABA (Association Culturelle Arménienne de Bordeaux Aquitaine), Galerie Sobering and its director Patricia Kishishian contacted Foundation KulturDialog Armenien and decided to include a total of 6 works by Vram Hakobyan, Sergey Narazyan, Arman Vahanyan and Tigran kirakosyan in the project.
Foundation KulturDialog’s artists will thus contribute to this good cause in favour of ARAM and of the commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. As a first step of the project, all of the works to be sold at the auction will be shown at the booth of Galerie Sobering at the International Art Fair YIA 2015 (booth 65) at the Carreau du Temple in Paris (3rd arrondissement), October 22nd- 25th, 2015.
YIA – the International Contemporary Art Fair will present 65 international galleries and works of more than 200 artists this year. Like the preceding years, the YIA Art Fair prize for contemporary art will be awarded to one of the artists presented at the Carreau du Temple.
28.10.2015 Second step of the project “100 Years – 100 Artists” by Galerie Sobering (Paris), the auction of contemporary art works in favor of ARAM, will present the works of the project – among them works by the Armenian artists VRAM HAKOBYAN, SERGEY NARAZYAN, ARMAN VAHANYAN AND TIGRAN KIRAKOSYAN of Foundation KulturDialog Armenien – at Salle Chaptal of Hôtel de l’Industrie, Paris, France, on Wednesday, October 28th, 2015, from 6 pm to 9 pm and on Thursday, October 29th, 2015, from 5 pm to 7 pm.
29.10.2015 Last step of the project “100 Years – 100 Artists” by Galerie Sobering (Paris), the auction of the project’s art works will take place at the Salle Lumière of Hôtel de l’Industrie, Paris, on Thursday, October 29th, 2015 at 7:30 pm. Among the art works to be sold are also the works by the Armenian artists VRAM HAKOBYAN, SERGEY NARAZYAN, ARMAN VAHANYAN AND TIGRAN KIRAKOSYAN of online catalogue :http://soberinggalerie.com/?page_id=3164
Program for the evening
7:30pm – 8:30pm First half of the auction
8:30pm – 9pm Concert organized by Adam Barro (basse-baritone), accompanied by Fanny Crouet (coloratura soprano), Anne Quéré (piano), and Pierre Bedrossian (duduk)
9pm – 9:45pm Second half of the auction
9:45 Cocktail reception

“Views of a Country. Photography from East Germany 1945-1995” – Yerevan, Armenia

Initiated by Foundation KulturDialog Armenien and in cooperation with Art Museum Moritzburg Halle (County museum of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany), supported by the Cultural Ministries of Armenia and the County of Saxony-Anhalt, the German and the Armenian Embassy and in cooperation with the National Gallery of Armenia, the exhibition “Views of a Country. Photography from East Germany 1945-1995” of our partner Art Museum Moritzburg Halle (Germany) opened at the National Gallery on September 23rd, 2015 at 4 p.m.

This exhibition is the official response to last year’s exhibition “Minas and Narek Avetisyan. Modernism and Avant-garde in Armenia”, initiated and presented in cooperation with Foundation KulturDialog Armenien at the Art Museum Moritzburg Halle (Germany). This way, modern and contemporary Armenian Art was brought to the county of Saxony-Anhalt (Germany). We were thus delighted to make art from Saxony-Anhalt available to the Armenian audience in return. With a total of 79 photographic exhibits by 21 photographers, the Armenian audience gained insight into the history of East Germany and into five decades of the development of artistic tendencies within East German photography.

Thanks to this international cooperation, the cultural and artistic exchange between Armenia and Saxony-Anhalt will be continued. This exhibition project impressively has illustrated the collaboration between the two cultural institutions Art Museum Moritzburg Halle (Germany) and Foundation KulturDialog Armenien.