Ruben Arevshatyan is an artist, art critic and independent curator. He is the president of AICA-Armenia and teaches at the Contemporary Art Institute, Yerevan.
In the period of 1997-2004 he was the artistic director of Hay-Art cultural center, Yerevan. In the period of 2004-2013 was lecturing art history at the arts department of the Armenian Open University, Yerevan. He has published widely on contemporary art, architecture, and theory - mainly around topics and on issues of urban and cultural transformation focusing on Post Socialist contexts.
He has curated and associated a number of projects like Great Atrophy, Parallel Reality, Local Modernities, Soviet Modernism 1955-1991/Unknown History, Trespassing Modernities, A Parallel Modernity (as part of the framework of the São Paulo Biennale 2014), A Long, Happy Life/Building and Thinking the Soviet City: 1956 to Now, etc. In 2011 he was the co-curator of Manuals: Subjects of New Universality – Armenian National Pavilion in 54 Venice Art Biennale and in 2014 he was the co-curator of The Capital of Desires – Armenian National Pavilion in 14 Venice Architecture Biennale. Coauthor and co-curator of Sweet 60s international research project. He is currently leading the scientific restoration project of Sevan Writers’ Resort in the frames of Getty Foundation’s Keeping it Modern program. He currently lives and works in Yerevan.
Member of the editorial board of www.red-thread.org e-journal.
Member of the advisory board of the Armenia Art Foundation.
CONCEPT AND CURATORSHIP
For the first edition of STANDART, the board of AAC has appointed as Chief Curator Adelina Cüberyan von Fürstenberg, a renowned international curator who has been credited with broadening contemporary art. She was one of the first curators to show active interest in non-European artists and established a signature multicultural approach in art. With her unique vision on contemporary exhibitions, she has placed art in spaces such as monasteries, medersas, large public buildings, squares, islands, parks, etc. Her works strives to provide a larger context for visual art by making it a more vigorous part of our lives, creating a more vivid dialogue between art forms, and relating it to global social issues.
Adelina Cüberyan von Fürstenberg is the founder and the first director of the Centre d’Art Contemporain of Geneva. Later, she served as the director of Le Magasin at the Centre National d’Art Contemporain of Grenoble, whose School of Curators is internationally recognized. She is the founder and current President ad interim of ART for The World.
2016- Swiss Grand Award for Art / Prix Meret Oppenheim, conferred by the Federal Office of Culture, Swiss Confederation.
2015- Medal of Merit conferred by the Republic of Armenia
2015- Golden Lion for the Best National Participation of the National Pavilion of Armenia at the 56th Biennale di Venezia.
2008- the label of Cultural Event 2008 by the Council of Europe for ART for The World’s film production of Stories on Human Rights, in recognition of a handful of exceptional and innovative artistic projects organized in Europe.
1993- Special Mention of the Jury of the 45th Biennale of Venice for the School of Curators of Le Magasin - Centre National d'Art Contemporain, Grenoble.
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