From December 15 to 16, 2015, the first exhibition of the Erebouni Armenian Pen in Beirut, Lebanon was held in Matossian Gallery of Haigazian University.
Erebouni is a project initiated by prominent UAE-Armenian businessmen Krikor Jabourian and Dikran Chablakian. The pen is designed by Lebanese Armenian artist Krikor Garabet Sakayan and produced by the world-famous Montegrappa, Italy’s oldest pen producer.
Erebouni has 3 versions, namely, Hokevor (Spiritual), Haverj (Eternal) and Kragan (Literary).
The Erebouni Pen is accompanied by Doc. Father Mesrop Topalian’s book in 8 languages of the biographies of 61 Armenians who have played major roles in Armenian history.
Decorated with symbols inspired by centuries-old Armenian arts and spiritual culture, the pen is homage to the centennial of the Armenian Genocide and a tribute to the cultural values, created by Armenians during millennia.
Erebouni was for the first time presented to the public at the Basel International Exhibition in Switzerland, gaining due accolades. On 23 November, 2015, the set of pens won the Middle East Jewelry 2015 award in the nomination “Best Piece of Art and Handicraft”, leaving behind 382 other works.
Erebouni’s initiators and creators have visited a number of countries and cities to promote the pen. Exemplars have been presented to the Pope of Rome, Catholicos of All Armenians, Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia, president of the Republic of Armenia, high-ranking officials, Charles Aznavour and many other artists.
On the opening day at Haigazian University, a campaign was held for children in need both in Lebanon and Armenia. Namely, a silver Eternal Erebouni pen (initial price 1500 USD), famous footballer Henrikh Mkhitarian’s shirt and signed football were put up for auction.
Mkhitarian joined efforts with the initiators of the project to contribute to the latter’s benevolent mission. A significant portion of the income gained from the pens’ exhibition is also going to serve the same purpose.