The first stage of a new project dedicated to Harutyun Galentz took place at the Renaissance Cultural and Intellectual Foundation. Students from the Yerevan Academy of Fine Arts have created canvases, each choosing one episode from the artist’s life.
The Galentz project aims to publicize the artist Harutyun Galentz, to present him as an artist in the context of global art, to make his art accessible and appreciated in the world both on professional platforms and amongst art lovers.
The “Three Ages of Saroyan” Return Home
The Renaissance Cultural & Intellectual Foundation in cooperation with “The Interactive World” company, has recreated William Saroyan’s presence in the Museum. Visitors can now view an updated Saroyan Hologram, which includes the “Three Ages of Saroyan”.
The research, which took months to conduct, presents the most accurate portrayal of Saroyan. A photograph taken by Dan Weiner in 1953 served as a basis for recreating the interior of the Hologram room.
Archival photos and both personal and interview recordings were used for the recreation of the characters. Archival recordings of Saroyan were utilized to create a longer and more exciting Hologram content, which also represents Saroyan at three different stages of life. The visitor will now have the opportunity to see Saroyan first as a telegraph messenger who was wandering in the streets of Fresno—dreaming about becoming a writer. Twelve-year-old Karen Margarian plays this part. Songwriter, TV host, and actor Avet Barseghyan portrays the young, successful, and ambitious playwright at the peak of his fame. And last but not least, Baron Hovnanian, a veteran real-estate developer and patron to charities, portrays Fresno’s favorite bicycle rider—the famous writer with gentle eyes and walrus mustache.
Press Narratives: References to Komitas Vardapet in the Press
On February 15, 2020, at Komitas Museum-Institute was held French-Armenian musicologist Armineh Grigorian’s book “Press Narratives: References to Komitas Vardapet in the Press” (edited by Gurgen Gasparyan) presentation, summarizes the 272 references in the Western Armenian press (Constantinople, Izmir, Egypt) on the activities of Komitas Vardapet from 1910-1911.
Work includes articles and publications about Komitas Vardapet published in “Azatamart”, “Byzantium”, “Zhamanak”, “Arevelk”t, “Hairenik”, “Manzum Efkar”, “Dashinq”, “Lusaber-Arev” newspapers, “Tatchar” weekly, “Shant” and Vostan periodicals existing during 1910-1911.
Press information can be divided into two parts: news and author articles. The informative part is about when Komitas arrived in this or that country when he left, lecture announcements, and reports. Notable from the author’s articles is Tigran Kamsarakan’s article, which has been published four times.
The book was published with the support of the Renaissance Cultural and Intellectual Foundation.