The Sergey Parajanov’s Museum is one of the most popular museums in Yerevan which was founded in 1988. He was a Soviet Armenian film director and artist who made significant donations to Soviet cinematography through Armenian, Ukrainian, and Georgian cinema. He invented his own cinematic style, which was totally out of step with the guiding principles of socialist realism. When Parajanov moved to Yerevan, he chose the place and construction project of a building. But, it was opened in 1991 one year after Parajanov's death, because of the Spitak's earthquake and social-economic problems.
It is consists of two floors and has a traditional Caucasian-style building with recreated memorial rooms, original posters,signed letters by Federico Fellini, Lilya Brik, Andrey Tarkovsky, Mikhail Vartanov, and Yuri Nikulin, festival prizes, gifts by famous visitors Tonino Guerra, Vladimir Putin and Roman Balayan, who is the author of "A Night at Paradganov's Museum" film.
This center represents Parajanov's artistic and literary heritage more than 600 of his artworks which comprises 1400 exhibits including installations, drawings, dolls, hats, and collages. Here You will be able to see his collages, photographs, graphics, 23 screenplays, also showcases unpublished screenplays, librettos and various artworks which Parajanov created while in prison. His works impress everyone with its fantasy, mystery, and artistry. You will see visionary films such as “The Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors”, “Sayat-Nova” and “The Legend of Suram Fortress”.
Paranjanov Museum is located in the center of Yerevan and is known for its unique exhibitions and cultural publications. It has organized about 50 exhibitions in Moscow, Hollywood, Cannes, Athens, Tokyo, Rome, and Tehran. Many famous and worldwide people have visited this extraordinary cultural center: Among them were Vladimir Putin, Paulo Coelho, Atom Egoyan, Wim Wenders, Aleksandr Lukashenko, Nikita Mikhalkov, Yevgeni Yevtushenko, Donald Knuth, Mikhail Vartanov, Valdas Adamkus, Tonino Guerra, Enrica Antonioni, Arnold Rüütel, Tarja Halonen, Yerevan International Film Festival guests and many others.
According to "Rediscovering Armenia" guide, "the best museum in Yerevan is small and idiosyncratic, the would-be final home of famed Soviet filmmaker Sergei Parajanov".
"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." Mikhail Vartanov
The Museum is open:
From Tuesday to Saturday 10:30-17:00
The Museum is closed on:
National Holidays and Memorial Days
The entrance is 700 AMD (for adults).