Etchmiadzin Art Gallery

 Etchmiadzin Art Gallery was established in 1970. It has functioned in the building of Gevorgyan Seminary for many years. In 1994 the building was returned to the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin and the branch of the NGA was given the building of Etchmiadzin Cinema situated just in front of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. Works by the Armenian-American sculptor Khoren Der-Harootian are exhi­bited in the museum (sculptures, drawings and paintings). The artist first came to Armenia in 1970. In 1983, Khoren Der-Harootian moved his works to Armenia, including 89 sculptures and more than 100 drawings and paintings. His personal exhibition opened in Etchmiadzin branch of the State Gallery of Armenia.

Khoren Der-Harootian was born in 1909 in Ashotavan village of Kharberd province, Western Armenia, into the family of a clergyman. He witnessed the tragic scenes of the Armenian Genocide. It deeply impressed the artist’s inner world, and was later reflected in his artworks. In 1921 together with his family, he settled in the USA, in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Khoren Der-Harootian mainly worked in the genres of painting and graphics, though the most productive and fruitful was sculpture, where he showed his great potential of a statuary.

The artist created in the period of various modern trends both in sculpture and in art generally. Certainly, his creations have some stylistic connections with modern sculpture, but the basis of his works make the artist’s specific and national spirit and thinking.

Khoren Der-Harootian died in 1991 in New York.

Address:  3 Araratyan str., Vagharshapat, Armavir Region

Tel.: (+ 374 231) 4 38 77

  Etchmiadzin Art Gallery