A whole period of Armenian history will be exhibited in one of the world's most prestigious cultural centers, New York Metropolitan Museum. The unique exhibition of Armenian historical and cultural heritage of the 4th and 17th centuries will be opened on September 21, 2018.

On October 22, Helen Evans, curator for Byzantine Art in the Department of Medieval Art at the Metropolitan Museum presented details on the exhibition at the Ararat-Eskijian Museum.

Helen Evans informed that the exhibition will feature Armenian history and Armenian culture, Christianity adoption, the creation and influence of Armenian alphabet by Mesrop Mashtots, Armenian kingdom of Cilicia, manuscripts of different ages, and first Armenian printed books from the early Middle Ages to the 17th century.

It will consist of exhibits of the Museum of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, the Matenadaran and the History Museum. It will also include the treasures of the Armenian Church of St. James of Jerusalem, the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia, the Armenian medieval culture kept at the Mekhitarist Congregation, and also the exhibits provided by the “Gulbenkian” Foundation.

According to Helen Evans, this exhibition will give a unique opportunity to present the historical and cultural heritage of one of the ancient people in the world. 

 “We hope that the exhibition will give Armenians a sense of pride when they see how Armenia is properly presented. At the same time, we look forward to making the Armenian culturemore recognizable and acceptable as an essential part of world art,”, — noted Evans. Armenian manuscripts expert H. Evans spoke about the events of different periods of Armenian history and presented rare manuscripts.

The exhibition dedicated to Armenia will be held in New York's Metropolitan Museum until January 13. The organization works is carried out under the auspices of RA Ministry of Culture.


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