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Krikor Momdjian - CV English

Krikor Momdjian - Visual artist and poet

Krikor Momdjian is born from an Armenian family in Lebanon, in 1947. He has done his post academic studies in Fine Arts, Art history and design in Florence and Paris. He graduated as the best student from INSBA (Institut National des Beaux-Arts de l'Université du Liban, in Beirut. For the past 37 years he has lived in The Netherlands, working as an artist and poet.

Education :

1973-1976
Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts appliqués & Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts déco & des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France (Fine arts/ Graphical Techniques)

1972-1973
International University of Fine Arts, Florence, Italy (Design / Art History)

1967-1972
Fine Arts Institute of the University of Beirut (INSBA), diploma Interior Design/ Fine arts (first prize, scholarship to study abroad for three years)

1964-1967
Hovaguimian Manouguian High school, Lebanon

1961-1964
Seminary Armenian Monastery, St. James Jerusalem

Krikor Momdjian is an all-round multimedia visual artist and poet.nAs an artist he lives and is inspired by the motto: ‘To life’! Guénatz. To create art and to paint drives and shapes his daily life as an artist. ‘As art is inspired through life, life is inspired through art”. From that perspective,being an artist provides him with the opportunity to experience intense contact with ‘the other’ in order to share daily happiness, sorrow, and concern about the future. Krikor’s triple identity (Dutch/Armenian/Lebanese) plays a pivotal role in the creation of his works, through which he seeks and expresses his own cultural identity and authenticity. Moreover, this feeling is strengthened by the interaction between the various cultures, such as his Armenian roots, his background and education in Beirut, Jerusalem,n Florence and Paris, and his current Dutch identity.

Exhibitions/activities:

2016
Presentation of Oxford Project in collaboration with Professor Theo Maarten van Lint, Pembroke College. Exhibition of Krikor's paintings and etchings at the Pembroke Art Gallery with the presentation of two new books - one on Krikor's poems (the result of the translation workshops in Pembroke College (2014-2016)) and the other one on his paintings, Pembroke College, University of Oxford, UK

2016
Oxford Project, conclusion of Translation workshops (Artist in Residence) - Krikor's Armenian poems being translated into English in collaboration with Professor Theo Maarten van Lint, at Pembroke College, University of Oxford, UK

2016
Participation (as artist-poet) to the International Symposium/Conference Western Armenian in the 21st Century, Armenian Studies, University of Oxford, UK

2016-2015
Participation as contemporary artist to the exhibiton - 'Armenia, Masterpieces from an Enduring Culture, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

2015-2014
Oxford Project, Start of Translation workshops Artist in residence) - Krikor's Armenian poems being translated into English in collaboration with Professor Theo Maarten van Lint, Pembroke College, University of Oxford, UK. 
Lectures at Pembroke College, University of Oxford, UK

2015
Le Salon 2015, Museum Gouda, The Netherlands

2015
'Hangen doe je toch', Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2014
'Vacantiewerk', Arti et Amicitiae, Amstaerdam, The netherlands

2013
'De salon´, GRENZELOOS, Arti et Amititiae, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2012-2013
'Looking through the mirror', Galerie Helga Hofman, Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands

2011
Art Fair - ARTI II, in De Hague, Galerie Mia Joosten, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2011
´Going up´, Arti et Amititiae, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Zomergasten-Sommergaste IV, Galerie Helga Hofman, Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands

2010
'De salon´, Arti et Amititiae, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Zomergasten-Sommergaste III, Galerie Helga Hofman, Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands

2009
‘Orange Moon’, exhibition of paintings in MuseumgoudA in Gouda,
Publication and presentation of Krikor’s first poem collection ‘Orange moon’ (in Dutch), MuseumgoudA in Gouda,The Netherlands

2008
‘Zomergasten’ with a.o. Armando, Sjoerd Buisman, Galerie Helga Hofman, Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands

2007
‘Artist in Residence project’ cooperation with the Armenian composer, pianist Artur Avanesov, Yerevan, Armenia and Dutch mezzo-soprano, composer Fanny de Ruiter. Concerts in The Netherlands and Armenia

2007
‘Babylon Diary’, Prins Claus Fonds, Den Haag, The Netherlands

2006
‘De Salon’, Arti et Amititiae, Amsterdam, The Nederlands
‘Open Books’, Galerie Helga Hofman, Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands

2005
‘The Last waltz’CBK, Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands

2004
‘Enter at your own risk’, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2003-2004
‘To life’, Galerie Helga Hofman, Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands

2003
‘Light, Air & Drama: landscapes from the collection of the museum’, with a.o. Armando, Marijke van Warmerdam, Mark Manders,in the Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden, The Netherlands

2002
Landscape of memories - ‘Wishes’ videofilm and installation with performance Naré Haygazyan, Museum Catharina Gasthuis, Gouda, The Netherlands.
'Wishes’ videofilm and installation with performance Naré Haygazyan, CBK, Stagsgalerie, Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands.

2002
‘Landscape of memories’- ‘Wensdoeken-Wishes-Guénatz’. 'The Blessing', Videofilm with installation. Performance, Naré Haygazyan and Edward Odéhon. Biennial of Gyumri, Armenia.

2002
‘Sweet Home’ Installation with video, inkjet on canvas, (opening - Kitty Zijlmans), CBK, Stadsgalerie, Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands.

2001-2002
‘The encounter’ four contemporary artists from the Diaspora, videofilm and exhibition in the Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden, The Netherlands

2001
‘Portraits’, Galerie Helga Hofman, KunstRai, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2000
Installation ‘Golden Dinner/Broken Dreams’ (version II), within the exhibition: Armenians in The Netherlands, Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1999
‘The Miracle of Wheat’, - Installation ‘Golden Dinner/Broken Dreams’ (version I), CBK, Leiden, The Netherlands

1999
‘Dutch Landscape’, exhibiting 'View of Woubrugge (with Mount Ararat)', Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1998
Beurs van Berlage, paintings of Krikor Momdjian, music by P. de Haas and poetry of J. Bernlef, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1996
‘Time for Meditation’, - reconstruction, ‘New York Agenda, Galerie d’Arts in KunstRai, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1996
‘Ikon Ethra’ Project, with music by Calliope Tsoupaki, Centrum Beeldende Kunst, Leiden, The Netherlands

1995
‘Hommage à Gauguin’, Ignatius-galerie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1994
‘Miniatures for Tomorrow’, Galerie Markarian, Helmond, The Netherlands

1993
Art in Cultural Transmission, workshop and exhibition ‘Dog and Hammer’ with a.o. Waldo Bien en Choreh Feyzdjou, Grafisch atelier Daglicht & De Fabriek, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

1993
‘Art Works of my Reality', Staten Galerie, Den Haag, The Netherlands

1992
‘Time for Meditation’ project, Insallation, in collaboration with the poet, writer Bert Schierbeek, Nova Zembla, ’s-Hertogenbosch

1992
‘Parchment Project’, Installation with 12 etchings, Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden, The Netherlands

1992
Iona Foundation, exhibition of paintings, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1992
‘Circle Project’, Galerie AZL, Leiden, The Netherlands

1991
‘Double Dutch’ organised by Stichting Kunst Mondiaal Tilburg, The Netherlands

1990
Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1989
Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden, The Netherlands

1989
Hamazkaïne Gallery, Toronto & Montreal, Canada

1987
The Casements, Florida, USA

1987
The Wet Gallery, Boston, USA

1987
Galerie Mia Joosten, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1986
Gooijer Fine Art, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1985
Beyerd, Centrum voor Beeldende Kunst, Breda, The Netherlands

1985
Galerie Inart, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1984
Gooijer Fine Art, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1983
Stedelijk Museum de Lakenhal, Leiden, The Netherlands

1982
Palais des Beaux Arts, Charleroi, Belgium

1982
Museum Van Hemessen, Woubrugge, The Netherlands

1982
Galerie de Vlaamse Schuur, Teteringen, The Netherlands

1980-1981
ASPA, Utrecht, Vara studio, Hilversum, The Netherlands

1975
Galerie des Beaux Arts, Paris, France

1972
Gallery Manoug, Dar El Fan, Beirut, Lebanon

Assignments in public space (selection):

2011
Assignment for a multiple for the company ALPHA PLAN, Alphen aan den Rijn, NL

2010
Assignment for a painting for the new Building of Ponsioen Installatietechniek, Alphen aan den Rijn, NL

2000
Monumental painting for the SPREY building in Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands

1991
Assignment for a sculpture and painting for the ASPA building in Zoetermeer, The Netherlands

1990
Assignment for a wall sculpture for the DISSAM building in Utrecht, The Netherlands

1989-1990
Wall paintings in the Armenian Church in Amsterdam, monumental building dating to 1713

1989
Assignment for a sculpture for the ASPA building in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands

1999
Art Award Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands

Publications and Media:

2016
'Wanderings This is all We', a new book about his artworks, collaboration of Prof. Theo Maarten van Lint and Doris Wintgens Hötte, curator of museum De Lakenhal, Leiden.
Publication, Momdjian Foundation

2016
'Wanderings Պանդխտութեան մէջ Poems', book about the poems of krikor, collaboration of Prof. Theo Maarten van Lint and Henrik Edoyan, poet, writer (Armenia)
Publication, Momdjian Foundation

2011
Theresia Schouten, ´Krikor at Art Fair´, Alphen CC, newspaper, The Netherlands

2010
Cees Straus, The painter of search for happiness´, Trouw, newspaper, The Netherlands

2009
Ranti Tjan, director of museumgoudA, text in the book ‘Orange Moon’ with Professor JosWeitenberg, poems and paintings of Krikor Momdjian. Publication, Momdjian Foundation
Janny Eskes ‘Continuously looking for paradise’, AD Het Groene Hart, newspaper, The Netherlands
Nancy Ubert ‘Krikor’s Orange Moon’, Alphen CC, newspaper, The Netherlands

2006
Janny Eskes, ‘The daily and the dream world’, AD Het Groene Hart, newspaper, The Netherlands
Janny Eskes, ‘You have to reach the bottom’ AD Het Groene Hart, The Netherlands

2005
Nancy Ubert, ‘Masterly workshops’, Alphen. CC, newspaper, The Netherlands

2004
Rosemarie Buikema & Maaike Meijer, Book - ‘Kunsten in Beweging 1980-2000’, Chapter 9 on Krikor Momdjian (by Paul Faber)

2003
Television interview Toronto, Canada

2003
Newsletter ‘Armenia: Beyond territory. The evolution of the individual living in the diaspora‘, University of Leiden, The Netherlands

2002
‘Art along Rijn en Gouwe’ Catalogue, St. Rijnlandse Historiën, Alphen aan den Rijn, in cooperation with Museum Catharina Gasthuis, Gouda en Stadsmuseum Woerden, The Netherlands

2001
Anne Berk, ‘To build a bridge between two cultures‘, Kunstbeeld (Art magazine), The Netherlands

2001
Doris Wintgens Hötte, Catalogue Artissage, Exhibition Magazine Armenia

1996
Jacqueline Kleisen, ‘Beyond borders, Krikor Momdjian’s icons of passion’, first publication of the Momdjian Foundation, The Netherlands

1996
‘Art as medicine’, Jacqueline Kleisen, catalogue, LUMC

1993-1994
‘Art in Cultural Transmission- dossier Hond & Hamer‘, catalogue Grafisch Atelier Daglicht, Eindhoven, The Nederlands

1991-1993
Doris Wintgens Hötte, catalogue ‘Parchment Project’, Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden, The Netherlands

1992
Thea Figee, article in Utrecht’s Dagblad, The Netherlands

1991
René Eijbersen, television programme ‘The difference’, portrait of Krikor Momdjian, The Netherlands

1991
Ulco Mes & L. Silwanebessy, catalogue ‘Double Dutch’, The Netherlands

1983 & 1988
Cees Straus, article in the newspaper Trouw, The Netherlands

1985
‘Signals from Outside - People and Surrounding’ catalogue, Beyerd, Centrum Beeldende Kunst, Breda, The Netherlands

1984-1985
Ed Wingen, article in Kunstbeeld (monthly art magazine), The Netherlands

1973
Pier Carlo Santini, Cinquemattoni no. 28, Italy

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