Archi Galentz, left, with Gagik Kurghinyan at the exhibit in Berlin

Kurghinyan and Galentz Hold Joint Exhibition in Berlin

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By Gayane Arakelyan

BERLIN (orer.eu) — On January 26, the “Facing Together” exhibition opened in Berlin’s “Toolbox” gallery, in which two Armenian artists, Archi Galentz and Gagik Kurghinyan, participated.

Kurghinyan presented his paintings, and Galentz mainly presented collage works created from 2004 to 2023.

The artists together created a graphic work that touches on the idea of unity, the need to help and protect each other back to back.

“We decided to draw a circle inside which we are, like in old fairy tales, when you made yourself invisible from evil forces by taking yourself inside that line. Although I have known Gagik for a long time, he recently moved to Berlin and he really needs that help,” Mr. Galentz said to us.

Archi Galentz

Gagik Kurghinyan was born in 1953 in Yerevan. At the age of 9, he moved to Ukraine with his family. He is a doctor by profession and has been painting since childhood. He attended an art school during his school years. Over time, he became a master and even became a member of the Union of Artists of Ukraine (1990 to the present day). He moved to Berlin in 2022 due to the Russian-Ukrainian war.

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“Our city, Zaporizhia, is now under shelling. I don’t know what will happen next, will we stay here or return. But I brought some of my works with me. I left about 400 important works for me in Kyiv, at my son’s house. Here I continue to create, I love painting,” Kurghinyan said.

As Galentz recalls, the works he brought to this exhibition are born of the emotions of the moment. They symbolize certain manifestations of human life and situations.

Gagik Kurghinyan with some of his paintings

“These stamps were a package, they were sent to me from Moscow. I cut a part, this work was born. The image of today’s Moscow expresses how much unnecessary, time-consuming, pointless work is done. Sometimes you can express more in this way than with paint and brush or words. Anyone who looks closely at this case will notice the senseless waste of those forces, contempt for people and resources. The burned money is called “Hourly Pay”. It’s a found object, I didn’t set it on fire. Each one has a fascinating history of its creation,” says Mr. Galentz.

This joint exhibition is through February 16.

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