The existence of film poster art in Armenia was a long forgotten fact, despite its birth and parallel development with Armenian cinema since 1925. Numerous notable Armenian artists have been involved in the creation of these posters: Mikayel Arutchyan, Hovsep Karalyan, Sargis Safaryan, Robert Elibekyan, Karapet Eranyan, Rafayel S. Babayan and others.

Foresaken as empheral and commercial, this heritage was never studied or properly preserved. Fortunately, the staff at the film department of the Eghishe Charents Museum of Literature and Arts have been able to save a small but representative collection of film posters made in Armenia, which became the basis of the first exhibition and accompanying publication devoted to this legacy. Focusing on the sixty-three year period of Soviet Armenian cinema, this project brings together hundred and twenty-one examples of Armenian ‘film paper’, which is essentially all that has survived to our days. Many of these vibrant images can today be considered among the very best examples of Armenian graphic arts. However, regardless of artistic merit, all these posters have signitifant historical value since they provide an invaluable and unique understanding of the interface between popular culture, cinema, nationalism and twentieth century Armenian art.

The exhibition was organised by ArtFilm Gallery and Hayas Cultural Organisation and held at the National Gallery of Armenia.