ARMENIAN PAINTER TENI VARDANIAN WINS GOLD MEDAL OF INTERNATIONAL BIENNALE IN CAIRO
Feb 28 2007
YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 28, NOYAN TAPAN – ARMENIANS TODAY. Armenian painter
Teni Vardanian won the gold medal at the 10th international biennale
in Cairo with the participation of 135 artists from 53 countries,
which took place from December 12, 2006 to February 1, 2007. The RA
Deputy Minister of Culture and Youth Issues Karine Khondikian stated
this at the Februry 28 press conference.
In her words, the jury was impressed by T. Vardanian’s painting
"Chair" displayed at the biennale: "It is a great honor to be awarded
the first prize when so many works are shown at the international
biennale." The jury was composed of representatives of Italy, Morocco,
Spain, Ireland and Egypt.
Teni Vardanian said that it was a surprise to her to take first place
among numerous participants. According to the painter, the Armenian
embassy and the Egyptian Ministry of Culture organized an exhibition
of her graphic works in Cairo on February 13-17 with the assistance
of the museum of Ahmad Shahuv.
She noted that Epyptians are familiar with Armenian culture, while
the local Armenian community contributes to presentation of Armenian
T. Vardanian is a member of the Union of Painters of Armenia, author
of more than 20 individual and collective exhibitions, whose works
were displayed in Beirut, Nicosia, Paris, London, Saint Petersburg,
To recap, the Cairo biennale was intiated by the Fine Art Department
of the Egyptian Ministry of Culture in 1984. Armenia has participated
in biennales since 1996.