Officially, Cafesjian Center for the Arts also famous as the Cafesjian Museum Foundation (2002) is an art museum in Yerevan, Armenia. It is located in the central part of the city near the Cascade Complex which is considered to be one of the beautiful places in the wonderful Pink city. The founder was a famous Armenian businessman Gerard L. Cafesjiann.
The museum opened in 2009, besides the exhibition of unique works of modern art, there are presented the exhibitions from the collection of contemporary art. Apart from the exhibitions, the center includes the different programs of lectures, concerts, films and many educational programs for adults and children. Since the opening of it, over one million people(each year) visit the Center. The designer of the art center was the New York-based David Hotson Architects. The New York Times described it as "a mad work of architectural megalomania and architectural recovery, one of the strangest and most spectacular museum buildings to open in ages".
The museum consists of 2 separate sections: the external "Cafesjian Sculpture Garden", and the internal "Cafesjian Art Galleries". You can see the samples of the gallery while walking around Cascade. There you can see many sculptures of Cafesjian exhibitions which has a wide collection of contemporary art and presents the best of Armenian culture to the world.
The "Cafesjian Art Galleries" includes the Gallery One, Khanjyan Gallery, Eagle Gallery, Sasuntsi Davit Garden Gallery, Star Landing and the Special Events Auditorium which is located underneath the exterior staircase and fountains. One of the impressive projects is “Swarovski Crystal Palace”; the stunning collection of Belgian architect Vincent Van Duysen. If you want to appear in a magic place, this gallery will give you that opportunity.
The biggest part of the museum's collection derived from the private collection of the founder Gerard L. Cafesjian. It has more than 5,000 works of art, the works of the Czech couple Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová. The gallery has also works and collections of famous artists like Hiroshi Yamano, Dale Chihuly, Ivana Šrámková, Bohumil Elias, Jaromír Rybák, Bertil Vallien, Pavel Hlava, Lino Tagliapietra, Mark Peiser and many others.
Exhibition Galleries, Museum Store and Visitor Center
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 10:00-20:00
The Museum is closed on:
The entrance fee:
Adults: 1,000 AMD
Seniors: 800 AMD
Youth 13–17: 750 AMD
Children (aged up to 12): Free