May 20, 2014
Last Wednesday, my boss at VOLO dropped me off at Marog Marketing to help with a PPT they were putting together for us. The women at Marog were incredibly nice and invited me to join them on Saturday for “Museum Night.” Armenia is one of the countries that participates in International Museum Day by granting free admission to all of the museums, keeping them open until midnight and showcasing new exhibitions. We met at Cascade around 6pm and managed to hit up 7 museums within 5 hours. It was refreshing to hang out with locals who I could see myself being friends with if I lived here.
The best way for me to sum up how I felt that day is with the expression: You don’t know what you don’t know. Now I know that I know close to nothing about Armenian historical figures. I know that Mesrop Mashtots wrote the alphabet and Vartan Mamikonian was a great warrior, and that’s about it. So as I write this post I’ll do some research to educate myself, and you, on some of these famous Armenians.
Museums in order of attendance:
“European art critics considered Kochar one of those ‘pioneers who transformed our perceptions about art in a few years and overturned the world…The Armenian artist’s work was displayed along with those of Picasso, Braque, Harp, Brancusi, Leger, Kieriko and others. In 1936 together with them, as well as with Dushamps, Miro, Kandinski Mohol-Nagi, Delauney he endorsed the “Dimensionist Manifesto” – proclamation of modern artistic principles of the time.”
2. The Museum of Russian Art – Saw some good paintings, nothing more to say than that.
3. Cafestjian Museum of Art – There is a lot to see at this museum, but we only went to the very top to the Khanjyan Gallery to see the three beautifully detailed murals by Grigor Khanjyan (1926 – 2000) that illustrate important events in Armenia’s history.
The Creation of the Armenian Alphabet (1992 – 1994)
The Battle of Vardanank in AD 451 (1995 – 1998)
Rebirth of Armenia (1998 – 2000) – Unfinished (look at the hands)
4. Avetik Isahakian Museum – Avetik was a famous poet, writer and public activist. This was amongst my favorite museums we visited. I loved his peaceful garden and furniture. Walking by the roses reminded me of the rose competition episode in Downton Abbey. Here are a few photos from his house:
Me and some of the ladies from Marog
Mom/Dad – Can you find me a desk like this when I get my own office?!
5. House of Aram Khachaturian – Really sad I don’t know this one. He was a Soviet Armenian composer and conductor who is considered one of the most renowned Armenian composers of the 20th century. Here are links to a few songs you may recognize:
6. History Museum of Yerevan – Old artifacts here…
7. National Gallery of Armenia – Because we were tired and this museum was overwhelmingly crowded, we didn’t stay for long. I’ve been here before, but wanted to see the new exhibitions. I managed to see Hagop Hagopian’s new “Introspection” exhibition as well as the Salvador Dali and Wassily Kandisky exhibitions. I want to go back here soon.
So much I want to do and only two more weeks in Yerevan!