If you want to visit a place, extremely popular with both locals and tourists where amazingly unusual surroundings will embower you, leading you into the magic world of one of the greatest masters in the world, then your only right choice can be S.Parajanov’s House-museum.
S. Parajanov (Sarkis Parajanyan – 1924-1990) was a prominent artist, film director and screenwriter. His film-masterpieces which brought him world praise are “The Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors” (1964), “The Colour of Pomegranates” or “Sayat-Nova” (1969), “The Legend of Suram Fortress” (1985) and “Ashik-Kerib” (1988). Parajanov’s first and foremost contribution to the art of cinema is his original poetic film-language, highly valued by his contemporaries.
The artistic work of the director has no direct analogies in world art and amazes with its fantasy, wit and artistry: flat and three-dimensional collages, ceramics, dolls, figures, drawings, assemblages and film sketches. They make it possible to speak about him as a unique and extremely original artist. Parajanov’s works are his distinctive reaction to life and events around him, his plastic perception of the world. His aesthetic system includes plastic art, based on traditions of Armenian, Eastern and European art. The use of various materials and objects imparts to it a special charm and brilliance.
The first exhibition of his works took place in 1985 at “Dom Kino” (“Film House”) in Tbilisi, followed by exhibitions in 1988 and 1989 in the Museum of Folk Art of Armenia.
The resolution about the foundation of S.Parajanov’s house-museum was adopted by the government in 1988. Construction was delayed due to the earthquake of 1988 and the museum was opened in 1991.
The basis of the museum collection consists of more than 600 works by Parajanov, the furnishings of his home in Tbilisi and his personal belongings, which were brought to Yerevan by the artist’s will during his lifetime. An extensive correspondence of the director, including letters from L.Brik, A.Tarkovsky, J.Nikulin, V.Katanyan and other cultural figures, is also kept in the archives of the museum. The museum’s exposition consists of more than 250 works, documents and photographs. In unusual layouts of the museum Parajanov’s own artistic and display principles are used. During the years of its existence the museum has organized 26 exhibitions, including those at Cannes, Thtssaloniki, Tokyo, Moscow, Rome, Tehran, Beijing and other cities.
Sergei Parajanov died on July 20, 1990 in Yerevan.
“With Parajanov’s death the world of cinema has lost one of its magicians-wizards”
– with these words the greatest figures of Italian cinema and culture expressed their grief.
The museum’s address:
Parajanov Museum, , Ереван, Армения
“Dzoragiugh” Ethnographic Center
Bldgs. 15 &16 Dzoragyugh Street (off Proshyan Street) Dzoragyugh 1st St
Tel. (374.1) 538.473
It is open seven days a week from 10.30 a.m. till 5.00 p.m.