Sergei Parajanov (1924 – 1990) The Museum is a tribute to Soviet Armenian director and artist Sergei Parajanov. It represents Parajanov’s diverse artistic and literary heritage. The museum was founded in 1988 when Parajanov moved to Yerevan. Parajanov himself chose the place and construction project of the museum. The museum was opened only in June 1991, one year after Parajanov’s death. Here is Parajanov’s high school diploma. One of his projects, which is titled “My father’s comic and serious side”. In 1945, he traveled to Moscow and enrolled in the directing department at the VGIK. VGIK was one of the oldest and highly respected film schools in Europe. In 1950 Parajanov married his first wife, Nigyar Kerimova, in Moscow. She came from a Muslim Tatar family and converted to Eastern Orthodox Christianity to marry Parajanov. She was later murdered by her relatives because of her conversion. After her murder Parajanov left Russia for Kiev, Ukraine. In Kiev he produced a few documentaries (Dumka, Golden Hands, and Natalia Uzhvy). Also, he produced some narrative films. In Kiev he married his second wife, Svitlana Ivanivna Shcherbatiuk. Svitlana gave birth to a son, Suren, in 1958. All his works are here because this is the unique Parajanov’s museum in the world. He invented his own cinematic style, which was totally out of step with the guiding principles of socialist realism (the only sanctioned art style in the USSR). The museum’s collection includes installations, collages, assemblages, drawings, dolls and hats. There are some 1,400 exhibits. In 1969, he embarked on Sayat Nova, a film that many consider being his crowning achievement,… … though it was shot under relatively poor conditions and had a very small budget. Soviet censors intervened and banned Sayat Nova for its allegedly inflammatory content. Parajanov re-edited his footage and renamed the film The Color of Pomegranates. Critic Alexei Korotyukov remarked: “Paradjanov made films not about how things are, but how they would have been had he been God”. In the last ten years Sergei Paradjanov has made only two films: “Shadows of Our Forgotten Ancestors” and “The Color of Pomegranates”. The “dolls” of Parajanov He made projects using irrelevant materials. With this train, he symbolizes the stagnation of communism. Symbolic painting with the “Last Supper”. It symbolizes the traitors to the communist regime. Parajanov’s piano A collage project Works with materials from his childhood A prophetic work on the fall of communism and the sudden contact of the people with capitalism. In this shirt, which he gifted to a friend, he has symbolically painted the whole story of Armenia. Materials from the movie “Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors”. Scenes from «The Color of Pomegranates». The museum also showcases unpublished screenplays, … … librettos and various artworks that Parajanov created while in prison. Paulo Coelho, Wim Wenders, Mikhail Vartanov, Vladimir Putin, and many other famous people have visited the museum.