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Zerihun Yetemgeta Retrospective

The Alliance  Ethio-Française is running a retrospective exhibition of  the works of Zerihun Yetemgeta, a renowned Ethiopian artist.

The exhibtion entilted ‘Zerihun Yetemgeta in the Magical Universe of Art’ brings together works from the past four decades, done in various techniques like wood cut print, skin, canvass and bamboo strips.

Artist Zerihun describes the works in the exhibition as the story of his  artistic development over the last 40 years.Much of his works on display captures bits of history and present-day expereince, carrying the tragedy, the aspirations, and the preservance and the joy of everyday life.Devoid of propoganda, his art sensitively captures the social changes of the country.

Prof. Abebe Zegeye of the University of South Africa who wrote in catalogue published for the occasion said the works are “evidence of his remarkable talent, an ability to spiritualise the world around him and trasnform tradtional motifs into a vibrant modern idiom.”

The most exciting of them is siklet, the crucification, with the painful and agonizing image.” Who is the crucified person? It is the Messiah, Jesus Christ, or the artist Zerihun Yetemgeta himself?” asked the Minister of Culture and Tourism who spoke at the opening of the exhibiton.

The speaker also said Zerihun is a great Ethiopian icons in the field of modern arts like Ale Felege-Selam, founder of the then Addis Ababa Art School, Skunder Bogossian and Gebre-Kristos Desta.”He was heavily influenced by their school of thought, which aspired to search into the African artistic genres for orginality and creativity,” said the Minister.

Zerihun has a fondness for certain properties like masks and he makes them deeply personal, and imbues them with extraordinary life.Here is one of his works, entitled African Mask Reaserch.

Zerihun

The exhibition was organized by Meskerem Assegued of Zome Contemporary Arts Center who also conducted an interview with the artist for the catalogue.The works will be on display at the Alliance gallery through February 27, 2008.

The catalogue published by Tsehay Publishers is also on sale for 100 Ethiopian Birr.

Links

Zerihun Yetemgeta’s homepage

Zerihun Yetemgeta  His artistic Odyssey

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  1. Ayele B.
    February 21, 2008 at 6:54 am

    I love Zerihun’s work and thank you for the stroy. I’ll buy the book, but did you mean TSEHAI PUBLISHERS in Los Angeles? Please check if you have the book and let us know if there is an address?

  2. February 21, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Thanks for the kind words.
    Yes, that is right, it was published by TSEHAI PUBLISHERS in Los Angeles in collaboration with UNISA Press.But it isn’t on thier online store yet.Don’t know why.For those of who are in Addis,you could still find at the Alliance gallery.

  3. samuel
    January 29, 2010 at 7:59 am

    I AGREE THAT GASH ZERIHUN IS THE LIVING ICON OF ETHIOPIAN MODERN ART & CONTRIBUTED A LOT TO AFRICAN ART ASWEL YET HE IS HIGHLY EXPECTED TO SHOW HIS FINDINGS TO FOLLOWERS & HIS STUDENT IN THE SENCE OFCONTINUTY RATHER THAN HIGHLY MOTIOVATED FOR SALES

  1. February 11, 2008 at 11:04 pm

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