TORKOM DEMIRJIAN NAMED NEW CHAIRMAN OF THE HERMITAGE MUSEUM FOUNDATION (USA)
New York, July 31, 2015 – The Hermitage Museum Foundation (USA) announced that Torkom Demirjian, one of the world’s leading authorities on ancient art and antiquities and founder of the Ariadne Galleries in New York and London, has assumed the role of Chairman of the Board of the Hermitage Museum Foundation (HMF) in the United States. Mr. Demirjian succeeds former Chairman Paul Rodzianko, who stepped down in March after seven years of service heading the Foundation.
HMF President Peter Schaffer said, “We are thrilled that Torkom Demirjian has agreed to lead the foundation. He is a globally distinguished expert and philanthropist who has already made important donations to the Hermitage Museum and a longstanding board member.” Mr. Schaffer added, “The Foundation is fortunate to enter a new phase with a recognized leader in the museum and gallery world at its helm.”
Commented Hermitage Museum Foundation Chairman Torkom Demirjian, “I assume the chairman's role with optimism and a strong belief that helping such a great institution in Russia can only have a beneficial effect on the relationship between our countries. The Hermitage Museum, often under very difficult circumstances and in a heroic fashion, has maintained a vital role in global cultural preservation in addition to its mandate of educating and enlightening the public.” He added, “The American philanthropic community has generously supported Russian cultural institutions in the past. I have great faith that the American tradition of voluntarism will benefit the Hermitage Museum as it has so many museums and cultural institutions throughout the world.”
About Torkom Demirjian
Torkom Demirjian is founder and chairman of the family run Ariadne Galleries in New York and London specializing in the art of the ancient civilizations of Egypt, the Near East, Greece, Rome, Asia, as well as early medieval Europe.
Mr. Demirjian is a graduate of the Pratt Art Institute in New York. His childhood passion for history and art led to his love of antiquities. A self-taught specialist and art dealer since 1972, he is highly regarded by colleagues around the world for his expertise, sense of history, astute aesthetic judgment, and business acumen. Mr. Demirjian believes strongly in the vital role museums play in the preservation of cultural heritage.
Mr. Demirjian has contributed to leading museum, university and legal panels, conferences and publications, globally. He has been widely interviewed in the media and on television, including on CBS’ 60 Minutes. He has always sought to increase interest in and knowledge of ancient cultures among collectors and the public and has encouraged contributions to museums by his own example. During the last four decades, he has donated both important collections and individual works of art to major museums around the world including the Hermitage Museum, the Israel Museum, among others.