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This exhibition catalog deals with the history of Ethiopian painting, but what is of particular interest to modern art is the section devoted to post-revolution art in Ethiopia, after 1974. Jacques Mercier prepared the catalog essay on this recent phase of Ethiopian art history ("Die tradition Malerei in der Zeit der kommunistischen Mengistu-Regierung (1974-1991"). What is revealing is the socialist overlay to Ethiopian secular folk painting, which itself derives from Christian painting. Girma Fisseha wrote the portion of the catalog on twentieth-century folk painters, and Walter Raunig opens with an essay on the Christian art of antiquity. The paintings were borrowed from several European museum collections and the private collection of Mercier.

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