Gebre Kristos Desta: African art: African art in the 20th century and beyond: the striking images of Ethiopian Gebre Kristos Desta, a leading painter, poet, and. Gebre Kristos Desta Center. Modern Art Museum. about / · Upcoming / · Previous / · contact. SYDNEY W. HEAD. Gebre Kristos Desta is one of the triumvirate of leading modern Ethiopian painters. The others are Afework Tekle and Skunder Boghossian.
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Gebre Kristos Desta Center
Gebre Kristos Desta | Ethiopian artist and poet |
Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Zewditu Gudina Daba on Getachew Admase: His art was displayed in many further exhibitions, both in Ethiopia and abroad.
Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Power Gebre Kristos Desta In while on an exhibition campaign to Kenya he defected and soon fled to Germany seeking asylum. Inclining Nude Gebre Kristos Desta After his graduation he held his first exhibition at the Gallery Kuppers, Cologne, it encompassed a year’s work and made an extensive six-month tour of Western Europe.
The collections are now housed in four magnificent rooms of the new museum. This page was last edited on 28 Aprilat Retrieved from ” https: His early influence and introduction to art, was the traditional religious art of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Here is one of his poems with translation into English. Despite frequent criticism he continued to create and refine his style, at the time he was also a faculty member of the Fine Arts school at Addis Ababa University, where he taught poetry and art.
In he earned a scholarship to study art in Cologne, West Germany.
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The German government did not grant his request but in the United States granted him political asylum and he settled in Lawton, Oklahoma. Andreas Eshete of the Addis Ababa University and other devotees of the artist thinking. After the overthrow of emperor Haile Selassie inGebre Kristos continued as a faculty member at Addis Abeba University while responding to the demands of the new military government, the Derg, to create propaganda material for political purposes.
Gebre Kristos might not have enjoyed such a reception during in his lifetime, quite the contrary. Life in exile was challenging he only had one solo exhibition in Lawton before he died in at the age of Not in a brand new building but in the restored former palace of Alga Werash Asfaw Wosen, close to the seat of the German Cultural institute, that had been serving as public administration department of the university.
Gebre Kristos spent his youth on regular activities like playing soccer and volleyball he also spent a great deal of his time under his father’s tutelage copying and illustrating religious manuscripts, while assisting his father as an apprentice.
He died young at 50 but during his short life he transformed Ethiopian art and continues to influence today’s generation of artists on many levels.
Websites Addis Rumble Ethiopia observer. They provide a rich setting for collections that cover virtually every aspect of fine arts. However, he was also among the artists that enjoyed the patronage of Emperor Haile Selassie, who was trying to advance modernization of Ethiopia drsta promoting progressive ideas in education, art, and industry.
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His father worked for Ras Makonnen, the governor of Harrar at the time, and was tutor to his son Ras Tafari Makonnen who was later crowned as Emperor Haile Selassie, the last emperor of Ethiopia. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here He was also known as a poet dewta the father of modern Ethiopian art. Gebre was born in the town of Harrar, the son of a high ranking clergyman Aleka Desta Nego and was the youngest of six siblings.
His father worked for Ras Makonnenthe governor of Harrar at the time, and was tutor to his son Ras Tafari Makonnen who was later crowned as Emperor Haile Selassiethe last emperor of Ethiopia.
Gebre Kristos Desta
In college Desta studied agriculturebut left school early to further pursue his interest in art. Despite frequent criticism he continued to create and refine his style, at the desha he was also a faculty member of the Fine Arts school at Addis Ababa Universitywhere he taught poetry and art.
In college Desta studied agriculture, but left school early to further pursue his interest in art. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. The promotional brochure explains that the permanent exhibition of Gebre Kriastos Desta works will play a key role in positioning the ground for modern and contemporary artistic discourses. After his graduation he held his first exhibition at the Gallery Kuppers, Cologne, it encompassed a year’s work and made an extensive six-month tour of Western Europe.
A renovated and expanded Modern Art Museum named after Gebre Kristos Desta, who lived and painted from toopened on Friday, October 10, Both his krisgos and his poems unleashed waves of controversy. In Gebre Kristos returned to Ethiopia and introduced his newly adopted style, abstract expressionism.
Initially his work was criticized for abandoning more conventional styles, at the time the art scene in Ethiopia was steeped in traditionalism.