Activities

Socio-cultural sphere. 1975-1987. Some details and figures.

image The "Cascade". The"Cascade" complex was built on Demirchyan's own responsibility under conditions of limited budget when the soviet government prohibited any architectural "luxuries" and construction of large objects. The functional significance of the "Cascade" complex is that it is the shortest way connecting the center of Yerevan with "Haghtanak" park and its vicinity. This functionality was completely proved during the energy crisis of 1990-s. Demirchyan had an intention to turn the "Cascade" into a National art center.

image Grigor Khanjyan's "Vardanank". From Demirchyan's notes: "Jim Torosyan: I told Jim that the "Cascade" has to have a comprehensive architectural solution. I instructed him to design a unified plan of the "Northern Avenue" and "Cascade".
Grigor Khanjyan: "The "Vardanank" was not promoted in Moscow neither in newspapers nor even in art magazines. The reason was the presence of clergymen in the picture. Demirchyan called me and said: "You will draw "Vardanank" in Yervan. Look for a proper place for it. This served an impetus to create the tapestry - the second in its size in the Soviet Union, and the triptych fresco of the "Cascade".

image The "Sports and Concert Arena". Now "Karen Demirchyan Center". The "Sports and Concert Complex" (SCK) (or the "Sports and Concert Arena) opened to public in October 1983.
"The idea of SCK belongs to the last leader of Soviet Armenia Karen Demirchyan.
Denirchyan built a lot, but the SCK - the largest public building in Armenia - had to become (and it became, indeed) the grandiose apotheosis of his constructing activities. As common for authoritarian style leaders, he aspired to maximally embody his own conceptions of the building. Demirchyan not only owns the idea of the building, but he himself also selected the site for construction and chose the group of architects. The dimensions and the technical equipment of the construction had to reflect the heights of the development that the country had achieved under his governance and to become the distinctive features of the building. And indeed, none of the capitals of Soviet Republics owned such a large scale construction. The SCK was also to have a role in the consolidation of Armenian nation: it was for the first time after Tamanyan's Yerevan general planning scheme with the Opera building in its center, that such large scale construction works were implemented in Armenia becoming the limelight of armenians worldwide". (From Karen Balyan's book "Architecture of soviet modernism: Tarkhanyan, Khacikyan, Poghosyan").

The numbers of all-union titles and awards presented to individuals in the fields of science, art and literature in Armenia in 1975-1987: Lenin Prize - 9
Hero of Socialist Labour - 5
People's Artist of the USSR - 17
People's Painter of the USSR - 3
People's Architect of the USSR - 2
USSR State Prize - 16:
The list of monuments and statues opened in 1975-1987 in Yerevan:
statue of Vardan Mamikonyan
statue of Pepo
monument to Guy
monument to Alexander Tamanyan
monument to Alexander Myanikyan
monument to "Labour"
statue of Tork Angegh
monument to Charents
statue of Davit Anhaght
"Armenia Reborn"
statue of Hakop Meghapart
statue of Martiros Saryan
statue of Armen Tigranyan
monument to Aghaso Khanjyan
monument to Komitas
More than 60 historical and architectural monuments were reconstructed: Khor-Virap, Goshavank, Karmravor, St. Gevork in Mughni, Akhtala fortress etc.
41 museums, 165 libraries and more than 200 Houses of Culture opened to public in 1975-1987.