“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

“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.

Tigran Sahakyan at the International Art Festival “Crossing Borders 3” – Bayreuth, Germany

The third international festival “Crossing Borders” took place in Bayreuth (Bavaria, Germany) from August 10 – 17, 2015. This festival hosted the artists’ workshop “Peace” along with the international symposium following the same theme.

At the invitation of the festival, the Armenian artist Tigran Sahakyan and board member of Foundation KulturDialog Armenien, Sona Hovsepyan, represented Armenia at the artists’ workshop. The vice-president of foundation KulturDialog Armenien, Marie-Christine Fritsch (M.A.), gave a lecture on “Peace in Armenian Art”.

The international festival “Crossing Borders” started off in 2013 with the artists’ workshop “Climatic Changes” at the Künstlerforum Bonn, Germany, and the symposium on “Culture.City.Religion” at the Landesmuseum Nordrhein-Westfalen, Bonn, Germany.

In 2014, the festival continued on the initiative and thanks to the support of Foundation KulturDialog Armenien in Yerevan: The topic of the artists’ workshop was “Time and Space” at the Armenian Centre for contemporary and experimental art in Yerevan and the symposium concentrated on “Christianity.Nation.Religion” at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. This year’s festival “Crossing Borders” gathered artists, cultural mediators and representatives of different religions coming from Yerevan (Armenia), Salzburg (Austria), Bonn (Germany) and Reykjavík (Iceland) for the third time for intercultural exchange.

“This is Where We Lived” (1968), Minas Avetisyan : Commemoration – Yerevan, Armenia

In order to acknowledge the 86th anniversary of the great Armenian artist Minas Avetisyan on July 20th, Foundation KulturDialog Armenien presented Minas’ work “This is Where We Lived” (1968) in cooperation with the Museum of Russian Art, Yerevan.
For this occasion, the museum granted the public access to the famous painting, which is normally stored in the museum’s depot, for a week (19.-26.07.2015). In 2014, the painting was part of the special exhibition “Minas and Narek Avetisyan. Modernism and Avant-garde in Armenia” at the Fine Arts Museum Moritzburg in Halle (Saale), (county museum of Saxony-Anhalt), Germany.
In cooperation with the German county Saxony-Anhalt and its county museum Stiftung Moritzburg (Landesmuseum Sachsen-Anhalt) KulturDialog Armenien presented the special 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 allowed to exhibit together works of these two generations of artists for the first time. It contrasted 19 works by Minas Avetisyan with 9 works by his son Narek Avetisyan and thus gave insight to the oeuvre of one of the most important artists of Armenia in the 20th century, Minas Avetisyan, and to approach a work series by Narek Avetisyan, the country’s most important contemporary artist today.
Narek Avetisyan, the son of Minas, spoke about last year’s joint exhibition in Germany. He also presented the trilingual exhibition catalogue, which concentrated largely on the oeuvre of his father. An illustrated trilingual catalogue (German, Armenian, English) was published exclusively on the occasion of this exhibition in Halle. It provided the reader with a great variety of material and an appreciable photographic documentation on the live and work of Minas Avetisyan. The included essay on Minas Avetisyan by the German Art History Professor Emeritus Dr. Wilhelm Schlink positions the artist and his work in an international art context. The comprehensive and exclusive interview Narek Avetisyan granted to the German art historian Marie-Christine Fritsch allowed to understand better the relation between father and son. The reader can follow Narek Avetisyan’s artistic development and evaluate his current position in the art world. Special emphasis was given to the exhibited “Interfractal Series” by Narek Avetisyan as the interview presented Avetisyan’s approach to this primarily mathematical subject and explained how the artists has created this unique, interdisciplinary project.
In 2009, on the occasion of Minas Avetisyan’s 80th anniversary, KulturDialog Armenien published the penultimate illustrated catalogue “Minas”, dedicated to the renowned artist and his works which can be found exclusively in private collections.
The latest, trilingual catalogue which accompanied the exhibition “Minas and Narek Avetisyan. Modernism and Avant-garde in Armenia“ in Halle (Saxony-Anhalt), Germany, in 2014, focuses greatly on the creative life of Minas Avetisyan to appropriately commemorate the artist’s 85th anniversary. As it committed also to the development of his late artistic career, the catalogue deliberately complemented the catalogue published in 2009. Additionally, a film documenting the exhibition in Germany was shown that day. The public was given the possibility to see the famous work of Minas and bought the exhibition catalogue. The catalogue was available at the Museum of Russian Art.

“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.

“Striding Imprints : Tigran Sahakyan, Arman Vahanyan, and Tigran Kirakosyan in Tallinn” – Yerevan, Armenia

At the special request of the Armenian public, the exhibition “Striding Imprints”  was shown in Yerevan thanks to the initiative and the financial support of Foundation KulturDialog Armenien and thanks to the close cooperation with the United Nations’ Branch Office in Armenia. The opening took place at the United Nations’ Office in Yerevan on October 21th, 2014. At the opening we presented the exhibition catalogue with the art-historical contribution by the Estonian art critic Vappu Thurlow. The catalogue has been published by Foundation KulturDialog Armenien especially for this occasion.


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