EST. - 1988
Founder - Zaven Sargsyan
The Museum of the renowned film director, screenwriter, and artist Sergey Parajanov is located in Yerevan, in one of the picturesque corners of the capital called Dzoragyugh (Gorge Village).
The idea to create the Director’s house-museum emerged in 1988 when one of Sergey Parajanov’s friends, Zaven Sargsyan, organized an exhibition of Parajanov’s works of art in the Museum of Folk Art in Yerevan which was attended by the Maestro as well. Due to Parajanov’s unconstrained fantasy, every single instance of that festive occasion became an unforgettable event. At the exhibition opening ceremony, Parajanov highlighted that his creativity did not recognize any national pertinence – it belongs to all. Nevertheless, he considered himself a person of three homelands. “My first homeland is Georgia, where I self-accomplished, the second one is Ukraine which gave me love, happiness and recognition worldwide, and my third homeland is Armenia, where my roots are and where I would like to live the rest of my life”. Inspired by these words, Zaven Sargsyan turned to the Armenian Government, and in a couple of days, the decision was passed to grant premises to house the Artist’s residence and Museum. Initially, there were two possible buildings meant to house the Museum – one of them on one of the high streets in Yerevan, on Abovian street (currently, it is the place where the famous art gallery, souvenir shop and restaurant Dalan is located). The second possible place war the two-storied house – still being built – in the territory of Dzoragyugh ethnographic quarter. Parajanov personally visited both places and opted for the one in Dzoragyugh.
Parajanov was delighted and, in different interviews, would mention with pride that a two-storied house museum was being built for him. He could picture his own house and Museum – with peacocks walking in the courtyard and his guests contemplating their beauty. Unfortunately, after the devastating earthquake in 1988, the construction was interrupted and resumed only in the spring of 1990. By that time, Parajanov had been diagnosed with lung cancer which eventually killed him, impeding the Artist from moving into that house and making his dreams and aim true. Parajanov’s Museum was inaugurated in 1991 – a year later his death.
Is there anywhere in the world a museum of Sergei Parajanov? A museum of his works - his graphics, dolls, collages, photographs, 23 screenplays and librettos of unrealized productions in cinema, theater, ballet...It would become an adornment and pride of any city. I know that sooner or later Paradjanov's screenplays would be published in a book and I hope that the city with that museum is going to be Yerevan.
Zaven Sargsyan, the founder and director of Sergey Parajanov’s Museum recalls how the Museum was created
The creation of the Museum was one of the prominent cultural achievements of our country. The respective decision was passed in 1988 – under the support of the First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Armenian Socialist Soviet Republic, Karen Demirchyan. The Armenian Government, back then, purchased some of the exhibits. Unfortunately, the calamity of the earthquake that struck Armenia hindered the construction process. By 1991, right one year after his death, the Museum should have been inaugurated. The due completion of the project was also possible thanks to the Chair of the Executive Board of the City Council, Hambardzum Galstyan – a genuinely lucid person whose efforts made the inauguration of the Museum possible.
The Museum kept being built, and the city dwellers gradually grew into an affection for it. Nowadays, Yerevan is unthinkable without that Museum. Thus, we have righteously earned the pride for the fact that the Son of our Nation – an absolute genius – was so willing to see his Museum here – in Yerevan.
In the Film Temple, there are images, light and reality. Thus, Sergey Parajanov was a Maestro of that Temple.
Museum’s main collection consists of 1637 exhibits, including flat and three-dimensional collages, assemblages, sketches made for films, hats, dolls and other personal belongings.
A collection of his letters is kept in the museum’s fond. Over the years the fond has been expanded and continues to be expanded and enriched today, thanks to the enthusiasts of his art.From the day of opening until now, S. Parajanov’s museum actively partakes in the city’s cultural, educational, and recreational life. Inheriting Parajanov’s traditions of hospitality, the museum’s welcoming doors are open every day to visitors, for whom the museum organizes various events and hospitalities.Parajanov’s celebration is not restricted to the museum’s territory, on the contrary, thanks to exhibitions, it travels around the world’s famous museums and galleries.In the 30 years of its existence the museum has organized 65 exhibitions in Cannes, Thessaloniki, Moscow, Rome, London, Los Angeles, Tehran, Paris, Montreal, Brussels, and Istanbul among others.
Sergey Parajanov museum is the space of art and a unique setting for hosting your event. The museum is known not only for its “special” collection, but also for its unique building in a picturesque place called Dzoragyugh, ideally located in the center of Yerevan. The Museum building is ideal for cultural and educational events of various formats, including breakfast gatherings, meetings, company presentations, and video screenings. Please select one of the listed event formats, or complete the questionnaire so that we can create an individual proposal for your event at the Sergey Parajanov museum—a place for people, art, and ideas to create history.
The Parajanov Kaleidoscope
The Parajanov Kaleidoscope. Drawings, Collages, Assemblages Compiled by Zaven Sargsyan, Introduction Levon Abrahamian Annotations Zaven Sargsyan and Levon Abrahamian Concept and design Haroutiun Samuelian S. Parajanov Museum, Yerevan, 2008
Sergey Parajanov. Selected Artworks
Compiled by Zaven Sargsyan S. Parajanov Museum, Yerevan, 2011
Sergey Parajanov. Isolation
Compiled by Zaven Sargsyan S. Parajanov Museum, Yerevan, 2018
And who was Parajanov?
The book contains the memories of contemporaries about Sergei Parajanov and their thoughts about him and his work. Compilation and selection of illustrations Zaven Sargsyan 2021
The Parajanov Kaleidascope. Drawings, collages, assemblages
Sergey Parajanov museum, Yerevan, 2018
Armenia 1700 Years of Christian Architecture
M. Hasratyan, Z. Sargsyan, Sergey Parajanov museum, Yerevan, 2021
Letters to the zone
Compiled by Zaven Sargsyan. Sergey Parajanov museum, Yerevan, 2020
The" Friends of Art" Charitable Cultural Foundation was founded in April 2021. The mission of the foundation is to support the acquisition, study, preservation and popularization of Sergei Parajanov's creative heritage. educational, social and cultural development. Solving the problems of Sergey Parajanov Museum, implementing development initiatives, as well as supporting the programs of scientific, educational, social and cultural development implemented by the museum.