Ethiopia's leading artist, Afewerke Teklo, gave his first Kenyan exhibition in Nairobi on Thursday (5 June).
GV Art Gallery
SV INT former Kenyan vice-president Murumbi shakes hands with artist Afewerke Tokle
SV Crowd applaud
CU Painting...Wollo Girl (2 shots)
SV Tekle talking to audience
SV Murumbi talking to people
PAN ACROSS Paintings then CU's of paintings (7 shots)
SV Crowd mingling (2 shots)
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Background: Ethiopia's leading artist, Afewerke Teklo, gave his first Kenyan exhibition in Nairobi on Thursday (5 June).
He showed a complete number of works of contemporary Ethiopian Art, and auctioned one of his paintings to provide funds for the Relief and Rehabilitation Commission for the drought affected areas of his country.
One painting .. called "Wallo Girl" .. was auctioned through sealed bids which had to start at 450 pounds sterling.
The exhibition was attended by former Kenyan Vice-President, Joseph Murumbi, who described Tekle's works as monumental.
SYNOPSIS: Former Kenyan Vice-President, Joseph Murumbi officially opened an exhibition by Ethiopia's leading artist, Afewerke Tekle, in Nairobi on Thursday. The exhibition of Contemporary Ethiopian Art was the first Tekle had ever held in Kenya. It was attended by a large crowd of local dignitaries and African art experts.
Included among the works shown, was a painting titled "Wollo Girl" which was auctioned to provide funds for the Relief and Rehabilitation Commission for the drought affected areas of Ethiopia. The sale was by sealed bids which started at GBP450 sterling.
The 43-year-old Tekle studied art at the Central of Arts and Crafts school in London, and later attended the Faculty of fine Arts - the famous "Sla???e" - of London. He studied Ethiopian illustrated manuscripts in Paris, Lisbon and Rome. Many of his finest works were commissioned by the Ethiopian Government, including the decoration of St. George's Cathedral. That was his first taste of working in stained glass windows. He also did the windows in the entrance to Africa Hall, headquarters of the United Nations' Economic Commission for Africa. It is considered to be one of his greatest achievements. The work depicts Africa's history - past, present and future in three magnificent panels.
The Kenyan exhibition is the latest in a chain that includes Moscow, Washington, New York, Senegal, Turkey, Zaire, Egypt, Bulgaria, and at Munich, during the last Olympics.