YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–An exhibition of paintings by painter and architect Martiros Altunian opened at the Yerevan Institute-Museum of Architecture on September 10.
Martiros Altunian–who was born in Turkey but lived and died in Lebanon–designed the buildings of the Parliament in Beirut–the Chapel in Aghasi Square (earning the country’s Medal of Honor)–the Chapel of the Martyrs (the Cathedral in Antelias and the St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral)–the St. Paul Cathedral of Greek Catholics in Haris–the St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral in Baghdad–the Royal Palace in the capital of Jordan–Amman–the Agu Baqr Mosque and other gorgeous buildings.
Museum Director Ashot Grigorian awarded art critic Vazgen Turtunjian with a certificate of honor in appreciation of his having transferred Altunian’s drawings performed in Chinese ink to the Museum.
It is the first time the Museum hosts collected works by an Armenian architect who lived and created abroad. And there are plans to publish a series of books entitled "Armenian Architecture Abroad."