From October 18, the History Museum of Armenia will open a temporary exhibition “Documenting the Eternal: Aram, Ara, Artashes Vruyrs”, which is organised jointly with the Y. Charents Museum of Literature and Art.
This exhibition of important documentary significance is dedicated to the 160th anniversary of the birth of actor and photographer Aram Vruyr, covering his and his sons’ stage activities and photographic legacy.
The name of Aram Vruyr (Aram Makaschyan, 1863-1924), one of the comedians of the late 19th century, is mainly associated with theatre art. However, along with his stage and literary activities, Aram Vruyr had been engaged in archaeological photography for almost three decades. In 1904-1917, he participated in the scientific expeditions led by Nikolay Marr, and it was with his direct participation that the ruins of the Gagkashen Church of Ani were discovered.
The exhibition also includes a number of archival photos taken by Aram Vruyr’s sons, Ara and Artashes Vruyrs. Thanks to Aram and Ara Vruyrs, the photographs of the Jugha cemetery of khachkars, destroyed by Azerbaijan, have been preserved and reached us.