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Parajanov's works on display in Istanbul on the artist's 95th birth anniversary
2019-01-09 12:38:57

Pera Museum presents for the first time in Turkey a selection that brings together all periods of the versatile, multicultural visual world of renowned director Sergey Parajanov, master of poetic cinema.

Featuring many works across a wide spectrum ranging in style from the traditional to pop-art, from strikingly unique collages to storyboard drafts, from film costumes to drawings, paintings, mosaics, objects and photographs, the exhibition sheds light on the brilliant and fertile world of the artist.

Titled "Parajanov with Sarkis," the exhibition also features works exclusively created in homage to Parajanov by Sarkis, another master artist who passionately followed him.

This exhibition that will run until March 17, 2019, has been prepared in collaboration with the Sergey Parajanov Museum in Yerevan, and a selection of Parajanov’s films will also be screened in a parallel program. 

Today is Sergey Parajanov’s 95th birth anniversary. Born in Tbilisi, Parajanov received singing and violin lessons as a child, displayed an interest in ballet and painting, worked with a theatre troupe, wrote scripts and embraced all branches of the fine arts.

He settled in Moscow and studied at VGIK, the State Institute of Cinematography. His unique, breathtaking and spectacular cinematic language places him among the most important directors in film history.

He invented his own cinematic style, which was totally out of step with the guiding principles of socialist realism. This, combined with his controversial lifestyle and behavior, led Soviet authorities to repeatedly persecute and imprison him, and suppress his films.

Parajanov died of lung cancer in 1990, at a time when, after almost 20 years of suppression, his films were being featured at foreign film festivals. In January 1988, he said in an interview, "Everyone knows that I have three Motherlands. I was born in Georgia, worked in Ukraine and I'm going to die in Armenia."

He is buried at Komitas Pantheon in Yerevan.