a Fernando Botero sculpture in the Tamanyan Scupture Garden, the extension of the Cafesjian Centre of the Arts

One of the most characteristic elements of Yerevan is the Cascade, 500 steps of limestone, leading to the Monument commemorating 50 years of Soviet rule. With the collapse of the Soviet Union this project was never finished, and the Cascade deteriorated afterwards, until, in 2002, the Cafesjian Family Foundation, from a rich Armenian diaspora family, was brought in. They renovated the complex and established the Cafesjian Centre of the Arts (https://www.cmf.am/), with exhibits both outside, on the various platforms of the Cascade, as well as inside, along the escalator that brings people – almost – to the top. The Centre, opened in 2009 and freely accessible, displays an impressive collection of modern and contemporary art, mostly sculptures and furniture.

Having said this, there is the occasional question popping up. Like, at the bottom of the escalator I enthusiastically pointed at a work seemingly by Alexander Calder. But no, it is by Manuel Marin, a Spanish sculpturer. Who has been convicted of art forgery. Of Alexander Calder. And David Martin’s sculptures of three divers have a uncanny resemblance of the work Critical Mass (1995) that Antony Gormley exhibited in The Netherlands recently.

entrance to the inside gallery and escalator of the Cafesjian Centre

the statue of Alexander Tamanyan

In front of the Cascade and the Centre is a park, which acts as an extension to the Centre, with large-scale sculptures from internationally renown artists along the sides. The park is named after Alexander Tamanyan, the architect who stood at the base of modern Yerevan. His sculpture has been placed at the front of the park.

part of ‘Poet Series: sun, moon, earth’ (2012), by Jaume Plensa

and another part, of the same series

‘Pegasus’ by Manuel Marin. Alexander Calder, anybody?

works of art along the escalator

an untitled bronze from the circle of Lynn Chadwick

more works inside

‘Horse’ (1978), from the Curtis Jere artisan house

a tourist posing under ‘Traffic Light’

‘Philosophy’ (2006), a bronze by Ann Vrielinck

‘The Visitor’ (2011), by David Breuer-Weil, installed on one of the platforms of the Cascade

‘Three Glassinators’ (2011), a work by Andrew Carson

‘Three Divers’, by David Martin

one of the three, in detail

and ‘Swimmer’, by Umberto Milani

an attrtactive work in the sculpture garden, ‘The Wall’, by Guy Buseyne

and this is how it looks from the other side!

‘Moon Dance’ (2012), by Christopher Hiltey

‘Woman Smoking’ (1987), by Fernando Botero

‘Untitled’, by Yue Minjun

‘Cat’ (1999), also by Fernando Botero

a spectral columns from the London Olympic Village (2012), by John Clive

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