press release

First edition of STANDART 2017, Triennial of Contemporary Art in Armenia
24.07.2017 - 31.12.2017

Openings: July 20–22, September 12-13-14
Venues in Yerevan, Gyumri, Sevan, Kapan

Gaspar Gasparian, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, Ayreen Anastas, Rene Gabri, Riccardo Arena, Benji Boyadgian, Giuseppe Caccavale, Marta Dell´Angelo, Thibault De Gialluly, Aleksey Manukyan, Gohar Martirosyan, Mikayel Ohanjanyan, Maria Tsagkari, Rosana Palazyan, Murali Nair, Idrissa Ouedraogo, Jafar Panahi, Jia Zhang-Ke, Erebuni, Felice Varini, Gerard Byrne, Josef Dabernig, Igor Grubic, Markus Scherer, Levon Cherkezyan,Gevorg Kochar, Mikael Mazmanyan, Yerevan, Gyumri, Kapan Artlabyerevan, Ayreen Anastas, Rene Gabri, Arman Grigoryan, Piruza Khalapyan, Gohar Smoyan, Mika Vatinyan

Chief curator:
Adelina Cüberyan von Fürstenberg

Ruben Arevshatyan


Hay-Art Cultural Center, Yerevan
7a M. Mashtots Avenue, Yerevan

AGBU Headquarters, Yerevan
2/2 Melik Adamyan Street, Yerevan

National Museum of Architecture and Urban Life, Gyumri
and Sergey Merkurov Museum, Gyumri
47 Haghtanaki Avenue, Gyumri

and others in Sevan Lake, Kapan

The Armenian Arts Council presents the first edition of STANDART, Triennial of Contemporary Art in Armenia, with the special partnership of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Armenia, ART for The World, the Embassy of Switzerland in Armenia, and the Armenia Art Foundation to be held in Armenia from July to December 2017.

STANDART, Triennial of Contemporary Art is a periodic exhibition, developing each time itineraries throughout Armenia based on the theme of the exhibition. The name of the Triennial is inspired by the avant-garde Armenian magazine Standard, published in 1924. STANDART highlights the rich cultural and historical context of Armenia and through its itinerant character involves wider, diverse communities and creates opportunities for dialogue and relationships between artists, writers, curators, scientists, local communities, and visitors.

For its first edition of STANDART, the board of the Armenian Arts Council has appointed as Chief Curator Adelina Cüberyan von Fürstenberg, curator of the Golden Lion awarded National Pavilion of Armenia at the 56th Venice Biennale, 2015.

Inspired by the unfinished novel The Mount Analogue by French surrealist writer René Daumal (1908–44), STANDART will be hosted in unique historical and cultural sites across the Mount Ararat region. As a symbol of a poetic research and temporary experience, THE MOUNT ANALOGUE highlights the reflections on the pursuit of knowledge—based on the concept that the essence of a creative mind is directly related to who one is and what one experiences. The result is a series of contemporary art exhibitions, encounters and collaborations, site-specific works and performances by the participating artists with artists living in Armenia.

In the spirit of sustainable development and participation, STANDART, Triennial of Contemporary Art, aims to build a bridge between the venues and the artworks in creating interactive dialogues and collaborations between the artists coming from different backgrounds and the vivid cultural art scene of Armenia.

First part openings July 20-22, 2017


Gaspar Gasparian (1899–1966), Distant Fragments A retrospective of the modernist Brazilian photographer at AGBU, 2/2 Melik Adamyan St., curated by Ruben Arevshatyan.

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, 20 Ways to get an Apple listening to the Music of Mozart and Concert for a Fly at Klorner, 7a M. Mashots Ave.


Artworks, performances and workshops created in collaboration with the art community of Gyumri by Ayreen Anastas & Rene Gabri, Riccardo Arena, Benji Boyadgian, Giuseppe Caccavale, Marta Dell'Angelo, Thibault de Gialluly, Aleksey Manukyan, Mikayel Ohanjanyan, Gohar Smoyan, and Maria Tsagkari, among others, at the Museum of National Architecture and Urban Life and at the Sergey Merkurov Museum, 47 Haghtanaki Ave.

A curatorial collaboration will be held at the Museum of Aslamazyan Sisters, 242 Abovyan St., where a selection of the works of the two sisters will interface works by Francis Alÿs, Gohar Martirosyan, and Rosana Palazyan, among others and short movies produced by ART for The World by Mulari Nair, Idrissa Ouédraogo, Jafar Panahi, and Jia Zhang-Ke.

Second part openings September 12-14, 2017

Erebuni (Yerevan)

Felice Varini, a site-specific installation at the Central Railway Station, organized by the Embassy of Switzerland in Armenia.

Sevan Lake

Déjà vu STANDARD, video installations by Gerard Byrne, Josef Dabernig, Igor Grubić, and Markus Scherer, and architectural projects by Levon Cherkezyan, Gevorg Kochar, and Mikael Mazmanyan at Writers’ Resort, curated by Ruben Arevshatyan.


Yerevan, Gyumri, Kapan

Artlabyerevan, Ayreen Anastas & Rene Gabri, Arman Grigoryan, Piruza Khalapyan, Gohar Smoyan, Mika Vatinyan, grantees of the Armenia Art Foundation’s first Open Call for Artists in the 2017 present their projects between July and December in different sites and cities of Armenia.