"ARMENIA" FRESCO OF MINAS AVETISYAN NEEDS RESTORATION

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12:15, 3 September, 2013

GYUMRI, SEPTEMBER 3, ARMENPRESS: The fresco "Armenia" of Minas
Avetisyan, kept at the cultural house of the Vahramaberd Village,
needs to be restored and preserved. This was reported to Armenpress
by the son of the famous painter Arman Avetisyan, noting that
notwithstanding the fact that by the funds of the state budget the
cultural house was built in 2012, no means have been provided for
the preservation of the fresco. ""Armenia" is one of the frescos,
which needs urgent recovery. Before the building of the house the
fresco had been damaged during the years. By the way, in the course
of the construction as well the fresco was damaged.

This is the most valuable work of Minas Avetisyan", - said the son
of the Armenian painter.

To save the fresco from destruction, the cultural house was built by
the Government's decree and with state funds, leaving the "Armenia"
fresco inside the building.

Minas Avetisyan - the Armenian painter, theatre artist, honored artist
of Armenia (1968) - was born on July 20, 1928, in the Armenian village
Djadjur. Fortunately, in 1915 the parents of the artist escaped the
massacre, when not far from Djadjur thousands of people were killed
in the gorge. Often in winter evenings, sitting near the hearth of
his country house the painter heard stories of witnesses who had seen
those terrible events with their own eyes.

The historical paintings by Avetisyan became a silent tribute to the
innocently dead. Among the most famous canvases of this series is
the painting "Road: Memories of My Parents" (1965-1967). The first
exhibition of the painter took place in 1960, but Avetisyan became
wellknown in 1962, after the exhibition "Five Artists", which was
held in Yerevan. Numerous specialists and visitors estimated his
paintings at their true worth.

Minas traveled about Armenia a lot looking for historical monuments,
he studied Armenian miniatures and works of the greatest Armenian
painters, above all, those of Martiros Saryan. Saryan was the spiritual
father of Minas. The young artist was the real heir to the works of
the great artist and a symbol of new growth of the national art.

Brightness and dramatic passion of color playing of Minas is dictated
by the nature of Armenia, cliffs, singed with bright rays of sun,
which seem to represent mysterious eternity.

Following the national traditions in painting, using the means of
expression found in ancient miniatures and the work experience of
famous artists, however, Minas never turned to blind copies. In his
works he expressed the reality by his own perception and interpretation
of life.

Unfortunately a lot of works by the artist were lost in 1972 in a
fire. During the night of January 1, when Minas was in Djadjur with
his family, his studio located in Yerevan was burned along with most
of his best canvases. Three years later, in 1975, Minas Avetisyan
died under the wheels of the car, which stopped off at the sidewalk.

Fate seemed to be against him even after his death, when the earthquake
destroyed a part of his frescoes in Leninakan (Gyumri) and leveled to
the ground the museum of Minas Avetisyan in his native village Djadjur.

The name of the painter is pronounced in Armenia with special
affection. He devoted his whole tragically short life to art. Between
1960 and 1975, Minas created 500 large and small canvases, almost
500 paintings, 20 large frescoes and projects for about a dozen of
theatrical performances.

Prepared by Armenuhi Mkhoyan Photos by Marine Petrosyan