What are the main identity vectors of the Armenians? During the presentation, Bernard Coulie will first focus on defining identity and highlighting its main characteristics before applying this to the case of Armenia. He will then review language, religion, territory, history, and writing, using examples from both history and current affairs. The conclusion will connect the question of identity to those of memory and time, which are at the heart of the exhibition currently on display at the Villa Empain.
The exhibition Armenia. Contemplating the sacred, conceived in collaboration with the director of the Boghossian Foundation, Louma Salamé, will be open to the public for (re)viewing, under this new perspective. Masterpieces from the Armenian Museum of France, such as miniatures, manuscripts, and precious liturgical objects never before exhibited to the public, are juxtaposed with works by contemporary artists such as Sarkis, Mekhitar Garabedian, Antoine Agoudjian, Jean Boghossian, Aïda Kazarian, or Pascal Convert. The exhibition also offers an immersive and unique experience with the projection of videos allowing visitors to explore historical churches and monasteries.