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Mari Gerekmezyan

Mari Gerekmezyan

First female Armenian sculptor
„Like iron emerging from a furnace, just so a true artist emerges from the fires of hell."

Date of Birth: 1913

Place of Birth: Talas Village, Kayseri, Turkey

Date of Death: 1947

Place of Death: Istanbul, Turkey

Burial Site: Armenian Cemetery, Şişli, Istanbul

Topics

Gallery

Mari Gerekmezyan

Field of Activity

Sculpture

Artworks
Collections In Which Her Works Are Found

Resim ve Heykel Müzesi,İstanbul (Museum of Painting and Sculpture) (a registered work)

Private Collection of the Eyüboğlu Family (bust of Bedri Rahmi)

Educator Meri Gerekmezyan

Getronagan High School, Istanbul, Esayan High School, Istanbul: Art and Armenian language instruction

Arti Girtaran Primary School, Istanbul: Art and Armenian language instruction

Awards

Ankara Sculpture Exhibit Awards - Busts of Professor Neşet Omer and Professor Şekip Tunç

First Place Award at the Ankara Government Fine Arts Exhibit - Bust of Yahya Kemal Beyatlı

Memberships

(No information available)

Education

Vart Basrig Primary School, Talas, Kayseri

Esayan High School, Istanbul

1943 University of Istanbul, Faculty of Literature, Philosophy Department, Istanbul

Guest Student of the Sculpture Department, Academy of Fine Arts, Istanbul

Contributions to Society

(No information available)

Family and Friends

  • Mother: (Information not available)
  • Father: (Information not available)
  • Marriage:Fred Gross
  • Friends: Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu (artist), Berç Çalıkman (artist)

Commemorative Projects

Documentary
Yüzyılın Aşkları: Eren & Bedri Rahmi (Loves of the Century: Eren & Bedri Rahmi), Documentary, 38 minutes, (in turkish language) http://www.candundar.com.tr/old/index.php?Did=2144

Further Reading

Sources

Quoted Sources
Source of Visual Images

Acknowledgments

The Women's Museum Istanbul is grateful to Karin Karakaşlı for her support in producing the Mari Gerekmezyan memorial page.


Translation into English: Çetin Alanya, Istanbul, Turkey
Editing: Lynn Maichle, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

©2012 Meral Akkent
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