Our History

The opening of the Jivani House-Museum solved a very important and relevant task for its time, first, from the point of view of preserving the spiritual and cultural values of the Armenians of Javakhk, and then of all Armenians.

The Foundation “Support of Javakheti”, emphasizing the need for the revival of cultural life and the development of tourism in Javakheti, assigns a key place in its strategy to the creation of cultural centers. Even today, we can state that the Jivani House-Museum in Kartsakh has brought the village to life in a unique way, stimulated the flow of tourists to Kartsakh and changed the general atmosphere and mood of the village with its cultural events.


Jivani dedicated us to the Ashugh art and was rightly called “the founder of the Armenian Ashugh school”.


In order to coordinate the work on the creation of the museum in December 2014, a corresponding commission was formed, which included a number of social and cultural figures, art historians and musicians. Under the leadership of the Honored Architect of the Republic of Armenia Hovhannes Mutafyan, a group of specialized specialists was sent to Kartsakh several times to draw up architectural and construction projects of the house-museum.


As planned, in July 2015, as part of the Jivanic Day celebration, at the initiative of the Support to Javakheti Foundation, the foundation-laying ceremony for the Ashug Jivani house-museum was held. In the presence of the leadership of the Javakhk regions and guests from Armenia and Tbilisi, a cylinder with a note was placed on the wall, thus announcing the start of construction.


The opening of the exhibition hall of the House-Museum took place in the summer of 2016. The members of the working group formed in Gyumri facilitated the collection, processing and classification of the materials of the house-museum. The members are musicologist Hasmik Harutyunyan, museologists Paruyr Zakaryan, Stepan Ter-Margaryan, Susanna Mnatsakanyan and many others. In order to replenish the fund of the house-museum, the materials of the Jivani fund of the Yeghishe Charents Museum of Literature and Art have been digitized, separate manuscripts of which are displayed in the exhibition hall. In addition to the manuscripts, many books, articles, and materials about Jivani have been collected, as well as almost all editions of Jivani's songs and tales, from 1882 (the year the first book was published) to the present day. The walls of the exhibition hall of the house-museum decorate Jivani childhood, children. In the central part of the exhibition hall is the bust of Jivani, in the right and left parts of which are the famous violin and kaman of Jivani. The back part of the bust, as a symbol of the immortal song of Jivani ("I am one apricot tree") and the eternity of the Armenian people, is completely shrouded in the image of an apricot tree, on which the Jivani manuscript reflects the quatrains song of Ashug "Hovik".In the exhibition hall, a special place is occupied by photos of great Armenians and foreigners who appreciated Jivani or are closely connected with ashug by their life and work. The best performers and songwriters of ashug from different years are also included in the exhibition. The exhibition ends with the image of Jivani's tombstone in Khojivank and the images of the Ashug school immortalizing Jivani.


On August 27, 2017, the memorial section of the house-museum was opened by the "Support to Javakheti" Foundation. Here Jivani spent the first years of his life. The memorial section has been restored, preserving the features of a traditional apartment typical of the region of the 19th-20th centuries. It was replenished with household items of that time, which were collected from Karzakh and nearby villages. A team of leading, highly qualified professionals was involved in the restoration of the memorial section. The author of the architectural-construction projects of the house-museum is the Honored Architect of the Republic of Armenia Hovhannes Mutafyan. Ethnographer, museologist Argam Yeranosyan is responsible for organizing the ethnographic content of the museum and exhibition. Cultivator Narine Yeghikyan was in charge of the development and restoration of the objects, and the construction of the house-museum was carried out by the chief builder Mitya Galoyan with his team. Ashug Jivani is characterized as " Mashtots of Armenian Ashug art». The second honorary definition of ashug is " Komitas of the Armenian Ashug song art» .

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