First Armenian Film Preserved in New York’s Museum of Modern Art

The newly printed 35 mm copies of the restored three short films by prominent filmmaker Sergei Parajanov – “Hakob Hovnatanyan” (Armenia, 1967), “Kyiv Frescos” (Ukraine, 1966) and “Arabesques on the Pirosmani Theme” (Georgia, 1985) – have been donated to the Museum of Modern Art․
On this occasion, on January 19 and 20, MoMA presented to the art-loving audience Parajanov’s poetic documentary, “Triptych”, as part of MoMA’s annual International Festival of Film Preservation “To Save and Project”․
The restorations were funded by Fixafilm and the transfer to 35mm was funded by AGBU, New York.
The National Cinema Center of Armenia preserved one of the film sets and donated the other two to Georgia and Ukraine.
The Museum of Modern Art in New York and Pompidou Center in Paris also received other sets of the movies. Parajanov’s “Hakob Hovnatanyan” is the first Armenian film to be preserved in these two major art centers of international importance.


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