pin 1/3, Pavstos Buzand Street, Yerevan, Armenia
tel +374 (0) 10 56 82 25
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Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art (“NPAK” in Armenian acronym) is a non-profit foundation active in Armenian contemporary arts scene since 1992. It has been founded by New York artist and Armenian poet Sonia Balassanian in cooperation with her husband, architect and planner, Edward Balassanian, Ph.D. The organization has been registered as a non-profit foundation in the United States (New York) as well as the Republic of Armenia. To this date ACCEA/NPAK is the only major and enduring center for contemporary experimental art in the Southern Caucasus, showing “cutting-edge” art of painting, 3D art, installation, video and performing arts. ACCEA/NPAK motto is “Quest for new frontiers in the arts”. Its mission is introduction of international contemporary art in Armenia, encouragement and promotion of Armenian contemporary art and securing its presence on the international art scene. ACCEA/NPAK started in 1992 with one group exhibition per year and by 2010 exceeded 20 small and large arts events per annum. During more than two decades of activity ACCEA/NPAK has introduced in Armenia the institution of curatorship, video art, installation art, photography as a distinct mode of art, and multi-media arts events. In 1995, ACCEA/NPAK organized historically first official participation of Armenia at Venice Biennale of Art. The effort continued without interruption until 2009 (8 consecutive times), after which the Ministry of Culture of Armenia took over the effort. ACCEA/NPAK has organized a number of international exhibitions in Armenia and abroad. The most recent international project was “Art without Borders: Exhibition of Contemporary Art from Armenia, Georgia, Iran and Turkey” which opened in Yerevan in 2006 and has traveled to Tbilisi, Tehran and Istanbul. Since April 1996 ACCEA/NPAK has been operating at a 1,400 m2 (16,500 square-foot) space provided by the Government of Armenia, gratis and for unlimited term. The venue is located at the heart of Yerevan in walking distance from the Republic Square, where the Prime Minister’s office, several ministries and the National Museum of History and National Gallery of Paintings are located.