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IN THE FRAMEWORK OF EREBUNI-YEREVAN CELEBRATIONS AND WITH THE SUPPORT OF “ROSTELECOM” THE EXHIBITION “RUSSIAN ART MUSEUM AND ITS ARCHITECTURAL ENVIRONMENT” WAS LAUNCHED


IN THE FRAMEWORK OF EREBUNI-YEREVAN CELEBRATIONS AND WITH THE SUPPORT OF “ROSTELECOM” THE EXHIBITION “RUSSIAN ART MUSEUM AND ITS ARCHITECTURAL ENVIRONMENT” WAS LAUNCHED
25.09.2018

On September 23, 2018 in the framework of Erebuni-Yerevan celebrations and “European Heritage Days” program the exhibition “Russian art museum and its architectural environment” devoted to the history of Cascade park was officially launched. For Russian Art museum visitors, the exhibition will be open till October 1, 2018.

During the exhibition exclusive photos from 1960-1990 as well as sketches and plans of buildings, picturing the history of “Cascade” park and which have never been summed up in a joint exhibition before, were presented during the exhibition. “Cascade” park is one of the most beautiful sites of Yerevan located in the architectural environment of Russian Art Museum.

The event is devoted to the 2800th anniversary of Erebuni-Yerevan celebrtaions. It is also planned to organize regional mobile exhibitions in October.

"Staying true to its strategy the Russian Art Museum (Prof. A. Abrahamyan’s collection), cooperates with various museums and private institutions, introducing themselves to the public with unique projects. This exhibition is one of such initiatives and thanks to all our partners we have been able to present the history and development of one of the most beloved parts of our city", - said the Director of the Russian Museum of Art, Marine Mkrtchyan.

The organizers of the exhibition are Russian Art Museum (Prof. A. Abrahamyan’s collection), National Museum-Institute of Architecture after Al. Tamanyan, National Archive of Armenia and “Mediamax” company. “Rostelecom” contributed to the realization of the project.

“This is a unique initiative and gives the opportunity to exhibit such archived materials that have never been accessible to the public so far and which completely represent the creation and development of the cultural environment. “Rostelecom” highlights the importance of such projects, because they give the opportunity to speak once again about Armenian rich cultural heritage and represent them to both native and foreign visitors” - mentioned Commercial Director of “Rostelecom” Armenia Vasiliy Rusakov.

In the framework of the project on September 26, at 17:00 there will be held a lecture entitled “Russian Art Museum and its architectural environment” conducted by Architecture Anush Ter-Minasyan.


About the Museum of Russian Art and its Architectural Environment

In 1960, an artificial waterfall was constructed by Vardan Yusanyan’s project on one of Yerevan hills, today known as Cascade. The mosaic picture of multicolored fishes under the waterfall designed by Derenik Danielyan was a source of admiration for children and adults for many years. In the late 1950’s - early 1960’s residential buildings began to be built up in this part of the city. The architects of development and residential buildings were Vardan Hyusyan and Hovhannes Babajanian, while Margarit Hayrapetyan was the architect of the building at the intersection of Tamanyan and Isahakyan streets. On the first floor of this building, a Fashion Atelier was opened, which in 1980 was replaced by nowadays widely known Museum of Russian Art (Prof. A. Abrahamyan Collection).

As a result of this development, the whole space obtained a closed, united look: with a park in the center; with rows of residential buildings of the same floors, made of yellow and orange tuff and with a common dimensional composition on both sides. In 1973, the quarter was completed with Alexander Tamanyan’s statue (sculptor - Artashes Hovsepyan, architect - Seda Petrosyan), who combined the whole space with its innovative and logical decision.

In 1971, a new, large town planning project appeared for this place, as a result of which the hill turned into a powerful architectural structure, and the entire quarter became known as Cascade.

The main idea of Cascade complex is the expression of the idea of national revival. To implement this idea in the best way, a variety of architectural forms and means of artistic expressiveness were used. In addition to the architects of the complex, the sculptors Ara Shiraz, Artashes Hovsepyan and the artist Grigor Khanjyan also took part in the creation of the ensemble.

In 1966 the “Revived Armenia” monument was built on the top of the hill, which has a height of 50 meters and crowned with a stylized golden leaf, which is considered the symbol of Erebuni. At the base of the monument the sign of Eternity is sculpted.
2009 the Cafesjian Center for the Arts was opened at the Cascade complex.

“European Heritage Days”

The annual “European Heritage Days” all-European project takes place in about 50 countries party to the European Cultural Convention /1954/. The basis for the idea of the project was the event "Open Doors of Historical Monuments", held in France /1984/. The program was officially approved by the Council of Europe in 1991. In 1999 the EU has also joined the program, after which it is held under the motto "Europe. Common Heritage".

The Republic of Armenia joined the “European Heritage Days” project in 2000. During these days cultural centers open their doors for the visitors.