ICAE 2018

ICAE 2018

On the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the birth of the Republic of Armenia, Yerevan opened its doors to contemporary art with the grand exhibition “International Contemporary Art Exhibition: Armenia 2018” (ICAE2018). Artworks by more than seventy international artists were exhibited in seven important locations throughout Armenia’s capital.

Photo: Ed Tadevossian



Victor Ehikhamenor, “My last dance as King before Sir Harry Rawson’s army arrived”, 2017, rosary beads on lace textile, 320x191x10 cm

Victor Ehikhamenor, “I am Ogiso, the King from Heaven”, 2017, rosary beads on lace textile, 262x177x10 cm



The exhibition combines contemporary painting, sculpture, photography, video, and installation of iconic works on loan from the world’s top galleries and collections, as well as commissioned works realized by the artists in situ. A number of the invited artists will be holding presentations and workshops with the students of the Fine Arts Academy of Armenia, Terlemezyan State College of Fine Arts, and at the Tumo Center for Creative Technologies. Through exhibition, workshops, and presentations, the event aims to engage the territory in international artistic debate and cultural exchange. The exhibition and program extend across seven locations that include the following cultural venues: Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art, Aram Khachaturian Museum, Cafesjian Center for the Arts, HayArt Cultural Center, Artists’ Union of Armenia, A. Spendiaryan Opera and Ballet National Academic Theatre, Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU).


Imran Qureshi, “And They Still Seek the Traces of Blood” 2018, on-site installation


“We decided to enter the art and cultural scene because we realized that there is a infrastructural gap in Armenia when it comes to international exhibitions and events within this segment,” Director of ICAE2018, Fabio Lenzi said. “So we saw a very interesting opportunity in this gap. While we, of course, studied similar events arranged in other countries and some aspects are based on the Biennale of Venice, the concept of ICAE2018 in general is entirely developed by Shaula International. At the beginning we even thought of having country pavilions, but we decided against such an idea and chose to involve many international artists.”


Director of ICAE2018 Fabio Lenzi


Among artists, represented in the expo are Lida Abdul (Afghanistan), Adel Abidin (Iraq), Aboudia (Abdoulaye Diarrassouba, Ivory Coast), Etel Adnan (Lebanon), AES+F (Russia), Arman Grigoryan (Armenia), Shilpa Gupta (India), Diana Hakobyan (Armenia), Sarkis Hamalbashyan (Armenia), Mona Hatoum (Lebanon), NeSpoon (Poland), Nicky Nodjoumi (Iran), Melik Ohanian (France/Armenia), Adrian Paci (Albania), Sahak Poghosyan (Armenia), Imran Qureshi (Pakistan), Jon Rafman (Canada), Tomas Rajlich (Czech Republic), Anri Sala (Albania), Ararat Sarkissian (Armenia), Lawrence Weiner (USA), Sislej Xhafa (Kosovo), Chen Zhen (China) and others.


Julia Krahn, “Siren 04” (ear), 2014, wallpaper, 300x400 cm

Julia Krahn, “Siren 02” (horizontal wing), 2014, wallpaper, 300x400 cm


Walid Siti, “Elusive Mountain”, 2018, barbed wire and thin aluminium wire, 400x800x300 cm


Sahand Hesamiyan, “Tavizeh II”, 2015, steel, 300x189x189 cm