The Armenian community of Rostov “New Nakhichevan” gave the canvas of the artist of Armenian origin Akim Avanesov (Hovakim Hovhannisyan) “From century to century”, created in 1914-1915, to the National Gallery of Armenia earlier this year. The program was carried out through the efforts of the Armenian community of Rostov “New Nakhichevan” together with Yerevan State University and the National Gallery of Armenia.
“The significance of this canvas is that it was created at the time of the Armenian Genocide. In 1915, the painting was presented in Russia in order to raise the issue of the Genocide. Painter tried using his art to stop the genocide,” - said the Deputy Director of the Institute for Armenian Studies of Yerevan State University Mher Hovhannisyan.
In 1972, relatives of the artist gave the canvas the Geological Museum of Rostov-on-Don, but the painting was forgotten. Only two years ago, the Armenian community started the process of preparing the documents to transfer it to Armenia and make its restoration.
“For a long time we could not find the funds for the restoration. Fortunately, the National Gallery of Armenia helped us, promised to restore the picture, preserving its historicity. The Armenian community “New Nakhichevan” also showed financial support,” - said executive director of the Armenian community of Rostov “New Nakhichevan” Sergei Sayadov.
The restoration took about 5 months. After the exhibition, the canvas was returned to Rostov-on-Don on permanent display at the Museum of the Armenian-Russian friendship.
Akim Avanesov (1883-1966) was the first president of the Union of Artists of Rostov-on-Don, one of the friends of H. Aivazovsky. He was born in Rostov-on-Don, childhood and adolescence spent in New Nakhichevan, attended the local Armenian seminary.