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A First Look at the Met’s “Armenia!” Exhibit

The hotly anticipated “Armenia!” exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is set to open on September 21, 2018, and run through January 13, 2019. This major exhibition will feature rare works of Armenian art from around the world—many of them never before displayed in the United States.

Among the precious items on display will be a magnificent altar covering from Holy Etchmiadzin (pictured above).

The Eastern Diocese has taken active roles in the exhibit, with Diocesan Primate the Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan contributing a scholarly essay to the exhibit catalogue. One of the exceptional items on display will be the 17th-century Voskan Bible that the Diocese’s Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center is lending to the Met for this special occasion.

St. Vartan Cathedral–itself a remarkable work of Armenia devotional art–will be the site of a special vespers service on November 27, which will be one of the official exhibit events planned in conjunction with the Met for the general public.

In the words of exhibit curator Dr. Helen Evans (the Met’s Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator of Byzantine Art, and a longtime friend of the Diocese) this will be “the first major exhibition to explore the remarkable artistic and cultural achievements of the Armenian people in a global context.” Visitors will view exquisite works covering 14 centuries of Armenian history: from the 4th century, when the Armenians converted to Christianity, to the 17th century, when Armenian control of global trade routes first brought books printed in Armenian into the region.

Click here to watch Dr. Evans give an inspiring overview of the exhibit, in a short video “preview” on the Metropolitan Museum’s website.

For a more in-depth look at the upcoming “Armenia!” exhibition, click on the link to watch a fascinating 30-minute interview with Dr. Evans.

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