ArmInfo. The Moscow Cultural and Business Center (MKDC) "HOUSE OF MOSCOW" in Yerevan on July 24-29 initiated a cycle of onlinҐ events "Days of Aivazovsky". The initiative is timed to the performance on July 29 of the great Armenian marine painter Hovhannes (Ivan) Aivazovsky 203 years old.
According to the press service of the House, within the framework of the program, in cooperation with the Feodosia Art Gallery named after I.K. Aivazovsky and the National Picture Gallery of Armenia, virtual tours, lectures, a quiz and acquaintance with the descendants of Aivazovsky are planned. <Hovhannes Aivazovsky was born in Feodosia, in an Armenian family. The marine painter is a symbol of the Armenian-Russian friendship, his art unites all peoples. 200 years later, airports are named after him, monuments are erected and much more. The artist left a large creative legacy, which is rightfully part of the treasury of world culture, "said Vahram Karapetyan, Director General of the Moscow House of Moscow ICDC in Yerevan.
In July, the Feodosia Art Gallery named after I.K. Aivazovsky is often crowded - it is visited not only by tourists, but also by the residents of the city. Hovhannes Aivazovsky is a symbol and a visiting card of Feodosia, all city signs lead to the house of the marine painter, which has now turned into a museum- gallery. This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the ICDC "HOUSE OF MOSCOW" in Yerevan made it possible, in an online format, to get acquainted with the life and work of the marine painter, with his creative heritage. The virtual tour will be conducted by the director of the Feodosia Art Gallery named after I.K. Aivazovsky Tatiana Gaiduk.
"Of course, nothing can replace direct live communication with art, especially in the case of Aivazovsky's works, but this is a great opportunity to enjoy the artist's magnificent works," said the gallery's director Tatiana Gaiduk.
As part of the Aivazovsky Days events, the descendants of the great artist from Australia, Great Britain, Russia, and the United States will congratulate their great-grandfather on his 203rd birthday in their video messages and tell interesting stories.
<From here Aivazovsky watched the movement of warships and went out on deck, made pencil sketches in his notebook. Following him, already in the 20th century, his grandchildren came here. Now these memorable places are visited by us, the descendants of the great marine painter>, said Irina Kasatskaya, a descendant of Aivazovsky's second daughter? And? Kasatskaya great-granddaughter of the marine painter Alexei Vasilyevich Ganzen. Alexey Ganzen is the grandson of Aivazovsky, who continued the work of his grandfather.
Aivazovsky's favorite grandson was an innovator and test pilot, Konstantin, the father of Olga Artseulova? Only he, according to Olga Konstantinovna, was allowed to be in the "holy of holies" - the painter's workshop at the time when he was painting.
`` I was born and live in Moscow (for 80 years now) and, unfortunately, have never been to Armenia, with age I feel more and more deep genetic ties with the great, courageous, talented Armenian people, whose faithful son and patriot was my world-famous great-grandfather>, said Olga Artseulova?
Aivazovsky's birthday is celebrated by sailors, art lovers, art critics, veterans of the navy. In recent years, Lucy and Federica Rogers (descendants of Aivazovsky's third daughter, Alexandra), together with their friends, first visited Feodosia and Armenia. <Feodosia and Armenia were amazing. We had the opportunity to join the rich history, meet nice people. We were impressed by the great history, beautiful monasteries. Thank you for remembering us. And we remember you and hope to see you soon, "said Lucy Rogers.