Ervand Kochar Museum
Ervand Kochar Museum
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1937 On 2 October an article, “Let’s Throw the Enemies of the People out of the Front of Fine Arts” is published: Kochar is accused of “anti-Soviet propaganda and anti-revolutionary activities”.

1938 His friends from Nersissian School, the architect Karo Halabian and Anastas Mikoyan  supported Kochar protecting him from various groundless slanders.

National Museum of Modern Art-Pompidou Centre in Paris acquiresKochar’s painting “Eastern Women”/1926/

1939 Within the framework of the celebrations of the thousandth anniversary of “David of Sassoun”, the Armenian national epic poem, the Russian language academy edition comes out with Kotchar’s illustrations. Editor and publisher: Academician Hovsep Orbeli.

Kochar creates the first version of the equestrian monument “David of Sassoun” which was destroyed barbarously during the days following his arrest in 1941.

In Moscow, participates in the Ten-days Festival of Armenian Culture.

1941- Arrested on 22 June.

1942-In prison creates Movses Movsisyan’s portrait on Satin handkerchief, dated 22.X.1942

1943  Was released in August 1943, due to the intervention of Karo Halabian and Anastas Mikoian, his friends from Nersissian School.

1944  Kochar’s works left in Paris take part in the Berry Gallery’s Exhibition (October). Organizer,  Maximilian Gothye.

1946 Teaches painting and drawing at Yerevan K. Marx Polytechnic Institute Architecture Department.

Won the second prize for Komitas’s graphic portrait (1946)  /The first prize was not awarded/

Marries Manik Mkrtchian.

1947-1948   Made stage decorations for H. Paronian State Musical Comedy Theatre.

Receives a copyright for the invention of a new, cold method of making wax paints. The Council of Ministers of the Armenian SSR passes a decision to organize production of wax paints after Kochar’s method.

1955  Eagle of Zvartnotz”, a landmark and memorial monument (bronze), is placed on the road to Zvartnotz Temple.

 A movement initiated by Sonia Delaunay, W. Ggeorge and other artists starts in Paris aimed at inviting Kochar to France and organizing exhibitions of Kochar’s works created during the Soviet period. For this purpose, a number of prominent figures of French culture sign a petition.

1956  By the Decree of the Supreme Council of the Armenian SSR Ervand Kochar was awarded the title of an Honoured Artist of the Republic of Armenia. /July 20 /

During the days of the Second Ten-day Festival of Armenian Art and Literature in Moscow participates in the exhibition of Armenian fine arts.

1958 One of the Kochar’s Paintings in Space (1929),  participates in exhibition “Regard  rétrospectif sur nos 25 Années d’Expositions” Organized by “Association Artistique Les Surindépendants” in the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris)

1959  The equestrian monument “David of Sassoun” (wrought copper) is placed in Yerevan Railway Station Square.

Architect, Michael Mazmanian.

1963  National Museum of Modern Art-Pompidou Centre in Paris acquires one of Kochar’s works of “Painting in the Space” (1934).

1965  30 (Thirty ) years after returning to homeland, Kochar’s one-man show opens for the first time.

By the Decree of the Supreme Council of the Armenian SSR E. Kotchar was awarded the title of a People’s Artist of the Armenian SSR.

1966  11  years after of Petition (1955)  The one-man show “Kochar et la Peinture dans l’espace” opens at Gallery Percier in Paris, without the artist and his works of the post-Paris period.

 The one-man show “Kochar et la peinture dans l’espace” opens at “Percier” Gallery in Paris, without the artist and his works of the post-Paris period. The catalogue, “Kochar and Painting in Space” by Waldemar George is published.

1967  He is awarded the State Prize of the USSR.

The statue to Komitas (wrought coppper) is placed in the central square in Etchmiadzin.

1970  Participates in the exhibition, “Armenian Culture from Urartu up to the Present Day”, opened in Louvre.

The picture “The Disaster of War” was  disqualified as ‘dangerous’ at the last moment and didn’t ‘travel’ to Paris for the show.

1971  Kochar’s second one-man show opens in Yerevan.

By the Decree of the USSR Supreme Council the E. Kochar was awarded the Order (Decoration) of the Red Banner of Labour.

1972 The album “Ervand Kochar” by Henrik Igityan comes out in Armenian and Russian languages.

The sculpture, “The Muse of Cybernetics” (wrought copper), is placed in the yard of Yerevan Computer Research and Development Institute.

Architect, Haykaz Kochar

1973 An one-man show opens in the The State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow.

1974  One-man shows open in Baku (April) and Tbilisi (June).

The State Tretyakov Gallery, (Moscow)  and  The State Russian Museum, formerly the Russian Museum (Saint Petersburg) obtain paintings and drawings by Kochar.

1975 The equestrian monument “Vartan Mamikonian” (wrought copper) is placed in Yerevan.

Architect, Stepan Kyurkchian.

1976-1977  By the Decree of the USSR Supreme Council, Kochar is awarded the title of a People’s Artist of the Soviet Union.

Participates in the exhibition, “ Self-portrait in Russian And Soviet Art in 1930-1950” (Moscow, a number of cities of the Soviet Union, Bulgaria, Poland and Hungary).

1978 An one-man show of Kochar’s  graphic works opens in Yerevan.

1979  Passed away on January 22 in Yerevan