National Gallery of Armenia is located in the Republic Square of Yerevan and has 7 floors. The Gallery was established in 1921 as the artistic section of the State Museum. In 1934, it was re-modeled into an art gallery of its own. Artist Martiros Saryan, who had returned from Rostov, was entrusted for its organization. The first exhibition presented was the works of Armenian artists.
The National Gallery of Armenia is the country’s major art gallery. Its collection is displayed in 56 galleries, which allow the Gallery to tell the story of national visual arts, decorative-applied arts as well as world culture from ancient times to our days.
Its collection includes over 20 thousand objects of Armenian, Russian, European paintings, graphics and sculpture, decorative arts of Western and Eastern Europe. Donatello, Tintoretto, Fragonard, Courbet, Rousseau, Serov, Kandinsky, Aivazosky (Aivazyan), Saryan, Garzou are some of the artists who have made the Gallery famous.
The National Art Gallery enriches its collection rapidly thanks to government procurements and donations. The section of the Armenian Middle Ages exhibits imitations of canvases by the Armenian miniaturists Toros Roslin, Sarkis Pitsak, Grigor Tatevatsi and others.
Since 2005, the annual “National Gallery” classical music festival has been organized in the museum, bringing together music and fine arts in the Frescoes hall of the Gallery.
Besides, the National Gallery of Armenia participates in a number of international programs. Since 2005 “Museums Night” international project has been implemented, this is already famous and favoured in large spheres of the society, as well as “The European Heritage Days” annually organized events.
Other countries’ cultural days are also regularly held in the National Gallery.
The National Gallery is open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 11:00 to 17:30. The ticket costs 800 drams (about $1,5). There are alsa guided tours provided, which cost 5000 drams (about $10). Entrance is free on last Saturdays of each month for all the visitors of the National Gallery of Armenia.
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