Karine Matsakian

born 1965 in Gyumri, lives and works in Yerevan


Russian, English, Armenian


My art is a bundle of petty-bourgeois idleness which includes compulsive thoughts and 'serious' discussions on art, also standard moral preaches about life and promising and loud manifestoes.
It grows monotonously and imperceptibly at the expense of your vanity and your boring pursuit for survival, at the expense of the hysteria of faithful wives and of the propriety relations of the jealous parents.
My art is about the wrapper of not fully eaten chocolates, crumpled cigarette boxes, morning coffee rituals and genital hygiene.
At the speed of Internet connection it opens up a wide road of overall absorption in front of you; it reserves the tracks to itself the memorial monuments of non-permanent things.


Karine Matsakyan


Yerevan Fine Arts Institute

Selected Solo Exhibitions

1997 Charly Chacaturian gallery, Yerevan, Armenia

Selected Group Exhibitions

2005 On the Move.Armenishe Kunst stellen aus.Vienna.Austria.Grants

2003 Nov. “Adio Parajanov” Kunsthalle Modern Art Museum, Vienna, Austria

2003 “Getting Closer”, IFA- Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2003 ”Appendix 2”, project MAF, Tbilisi History Museum, Gorgia

2002 “Armenian Art”, Museum of contemporary art, Tehran, Iran

2001 49-International Biennale of Venice, San Lazarro, Venice, Italy

2001 “Utopiana”, Hay –Art, Yerevan, Armenia

2001 Artist in residence, Leube Kunst Project, Salzburg, Austria

2001 Kultur Kontakt, Vienna, Austria

2000 “ORT-ung” Art festival, Wagrain, Austria

2000 “Collapse of illusions” ACCEA, Yerevan, Armenia

2000 “Parallel reality”, Armenian-Austrian joint exhibition, Hay-Art, Yerevan, Armenia

1998 Summer Academy, Salzburg, Austria

1997 “Dreams and Visions”, Chicago, USA

1995 “1980-95 contemporary art of Armenia” CHA, Moscow, Russia

1995 “Armenian days” Museum Boukhum, Germany

1993 “Armenian contemporary art”, Gallery International, Detroit, USA

1987 “3-ed flour”, House of Artists, Yerevan, Armenia


Moscow – Yerevan “Contemporary Art of Armenia”

“Getting Closer” – IFA Gallery, Berlin.

“Ort-ung” – 2001, Wagrain, Austria

“Armenian Days in Bokhum”, Germany.

“Giumry International Biennalle”

“The 49th International Bienalle “ Venice, Italy


Founded in 2004 by Silvina Der-Meguerditchian, Underconstruction was a communication platform for artists interested in issues of identity, transglobalization and the construction of both personal and groupconsciousness. Underconstruction is also interested in issues of concern to worldwide diasporas, including but not limited to the Armenian diaspora. 

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