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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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