The famous ones who worked before the profession they are now known for


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The famous ones who worked before the profession they are now known for. Artworks and art galleries hold a profound significance in documenting and visually embodying the culture, history, identity, and aspirations of communities. Experts in the sector often consider them as the lifeblood of a country’s civilization. While Ethiopians regarded the establishment of art galleries as a luxury over two decades ago, the landscape has undergone a transformative shift since 2001 with the founding of Makush Art Gallery by the late Tesfaye Hiwot, an ardent art enthusiast.

 

Tesfaye, who had resided in the United States for 35 years, returned to Ethiopia and was struck by the lack of art galleries in the capital city. Drawing from his previous experience of owning a nightclub and an African art gallery in Washington, Tesfaye was inspired to replicate those successes in his hometown of Addis Ababa.

 

Located on the first floor of Mega Building, along the bustling Bole Road, Makush has flourished within the art industry, solidifying its position as one of the city’s leading galleries.

 

As visitors ascend the first and second stairways, the gallery’s enchantment begins to reveal itself, leading to the main exhibition floor adorned with diverse artistic works that aim to evoke deep emotions. The stairways themselves serve as a visual honor guard, adorned with colorful paintings that captivate the eyes.

 

Makush boasts an extensive collection of over 2,500 paintings, each wall enveloped in vibrant Ethiopian artworks. These breathtaking creations depict a wide range of scenes, from monks praying at dawn to bustling markets and captivating portraits of women. Beyond paintings, Makush offers visitors a glimpse into Ethiopian life from centuries past through traditional handmade chairs, tables, household items, artifacts, and religious crosses. These elements, carefully curated within the gallery, create a nostalgic ambiance reminiscent of Ethiopian life from centuries past.

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