This year I took another week off to visit my family in Yerevan. Yesterday when strolling around the city I've discovered the Museum of Literature and Art after Yeghishe Charents. This tiny museum, situated behind the National Gallery, includes archives of almost all classics of Armenian literature, theater, music and cinematographic art from the 18th century up till now. In fact it is the continuation of Mashtots Matenadaran (repository of ancient manuscripts).Read More
A museum dedicated to the 19th – 20th-century Armenian composer Komitas was opened in January 2015. A rich collection of personal belongings of Komitas and rare documents, thoughtfully organized by young & talented director in exhibition that runs through 7 halls, makes it an absolutely must visit when you are in Armenia.Read More
Each year when I’m in Yerevan I make sure I visit Matenadaran (The Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts).The Matenadaran is a major center with a unique and exceptionally rich manuscript collection, one that has become a symbol of Armenia. It is named after Mesrop Mashtots, who is credited with the creation of the Armenian alphabet in 405. In fact The Matenadaran is both, it is a museum of ancient manuscripts and a scientific research institute.Read More
Each year in April I’m taking a week off and leaving for Yerevan, Armenia to spend some time with friends and family. As the weather in Yerevan was lovely I spent most of my time strolling through the city, taking pictures and visiting the museums (believe me, my 'to-visit' list is still quite long;) ).
Absolutely loved the new halls of Matenadaran (The Museum of Ancient Manuscripts), was pleasantly surprised afters visiting recently opened Komitas Museum Yerevan, felt nostalgic at the “Ciao USSR” exhibition by Hayk Bianjyan, and find out that there is a Museum of Printing to be opened in Yerevan in May/June. So I definitely have to go back to visit it (though I'm not sure if there will be any moveable type on display).
In the following posts, I’ll try to tell you about people I’ve met and places I’ve visited during my short stay in Yerevan. In this post, I want to tell you more about a documentary photographer Hayk Bianjyan and his “Ciao USSR” exhibition hosted in a newly opened Sargis Muradyan Gallery.