Posts Tagged ‘Elias Sime’

Elias’s art fuses with Oedipus Rex Musical

January 13, 2010 6 comments

Works of an Ethiopian artist is going to be put onstage! The visual artist Elias Sime’s works would be featured in a musical production in Australia at the end of this month- a Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex & Symphony of Psalms in Sydney’s Opera House from January 28 to 30. Directed by the American opera and theatre director Peter Sellars, the opera-oratorio would include Elias’s visual images to enrich the musical experience of the production.

An anthropologist and curator, Meskerem Assegued said that seven thrones and masks of materials such as mud, straw, and wood objects all done by Elias would be used to represent the work’s main characters.
Meskerem who has long been the visual art curator of Elias’s art explained that Sellars has taken an interest in the artist’s works since 2006 when she was made to curate the visual art of Green Flame of the New Crowned Hope Festival that Sellars directed in Vienna, Austria. Read more…

A chat with Addis’s foremost art afficionado

September 28, 2009 5 comments

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For Mesfin Gebreyes Oda, art has always been an object of interest, starting from his early school days at Lycée Guebre Mariam in the mid fifties and sixties. But it was a chance encounter with the works of Ethiopian modernist artist Gebre Kirstos Desta that made him take the business of art collecting seriously, an unusual passion for an Ethiopian. The 60-year-old Mesfin recalled the day when someone approached him and asked him if he was interested in acquiring the works of the artist Gebre Kirstos. He went right away and saw the self-portrait of Gebre Kirstos and three other of his sketches. “I was so moved. I bought the whole lot, four of them. That was twenty years ago,” he told me recently, sitting in the garden of Sheraton Addis.
Since then Mesfin has been collecting paintings and drawings of Gebre Kirstos, Skunder Boghossian and many other contemporary artists. Find the full story at the Ethiopia Observer.