The house-museum of Sergei Parajanov
If you value creativity and are looking for something completely unique, head to Sergei Parajanov Museum. His eccentric works, reflecting the incredible talent and humor of the author, can surprise everyone.
A house filled with fairy tales
The name of Sergei Parajanov is widely known both in the world of cinema, and among artists and art lovers. But, first of all, Parajanov is the author of cult films-masterpieces “The Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors” and “The Color of Pomegranate”, which brought him worldwide fame. Thanks to these films, the director is considered one of the founders of the "new Soviet wave" and "poetic cinema." In addition to famous films, he is the author of many original drawings, collages, assemblies and other examples of plastic art. His eccentric works, reflecting the incredible talent and humor of the author, can surprise everyone.
The house-museum of Sergei Parajanov is one of the most popular museums in Yerevan. It is a traditional two-story stone house of the 19th century with a patio. The museum building is located in the Dzoragyugh quarter, on the edge of a plateau that ends in the Hrazdan Gorge. It offers a magnificent view of the gorge, Mount Ararat and the countryside. After moving to Yerevan, Parajanov himself chose a place for the house and museum and a construction project. However, due to the 1988 earthquake and socio-economic problems, the museum was not opened until June 1991, a year after the artist’s death.
The museum’s collection represents Parajanov’s diverse artistic and literary heritage and consists of approximately 1,400 exhibits, including the furnishings of Parajanov’s Tbilisi house and his personal belongings. Here are the master’s works (made from completely different materials and objects), including assemblies, collages, drawings, dolls, hats, film sketches that demonstrate the author’s attitude, feelings and reactions to certain phenomena and life events.
Parajanov was removed from the cinema by the Soviet system for 15 years, of which 4 years he spent in prisons and high security camps. Many of his works were created in custody. After an international campaign for his freedom, with the support of such representatives of the creative community as Francoise Sagan, Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Luis Bunuel, Federico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni, Andrei Tarkovsky, Louis Aragon and John Updike, he was released from prison. Despite the ordeals, the author’s works are incredibly aesthetic and paradoxical, distinguished by fantasy and wit.
The museum also features unpublished scripts, recreated memorial rooms, posters, festival prizes, letters from Federico Fellini, Lily Brik, Andrei Tarkovsky, Mikhail Vartanov and Yuri Nikulin, gifts from famous visitors - Tonino Guerra, Vladimir Putin and Roman Balayan, who is the author of the film “Night at the Parajanov Museum”. The museum uses the artistic and exhibition principles of Parajanov himself. The museum has organized more than 60 exhibitions, including in Athens, Tokyo, Cannes, Moscow, Rome, Hollywood, etc.