post Gallery Lalibela

June 23rd, 2008

Filed under: Art — Lissan Magazine @ 00:32

The first portion of this text was partially translated from the article by J├╝rgen Walburg for the Newspaper “Frankfurter Neue Presse”.

Mesfin Woldamlak, the founder of Gallery Lalibela (photo: Admassu)

Way beyond Africa and in the pulsing point of Frankfurt, the Black Continent is advancing to be the center of attraction and curiosity. Particularly in the Klingerstrasse, near the main headquarter of AOK, Lalibela Restaurant has been an insider tip for those who enjoy exotic delicacy for the last 20 years; and latterly also for artists and art lovers. Since April 1, 2008, for the twenties anniversary of Lalibela, the owner of the restaurant, Mesfin Woldamlak, opened an art gallery as a present to his customers and himself.

Mesfin with artist Rose-Marie Rychner
(Excerpt from Frankfurter Neue Presse)

On the opening day, the gallery has displayed the lifework of a German artist Rose-Marie Rychner. The artist, whose work is mainly influenced by African Art, was born in Aschaffenburg (Germany). Although she is living now back in her home town, Rose-Marie Rychner has spent 25 adventurous years in Africa where she traveled to teach art and handicraft in countries like Senegal, Ivory Coast, Uganda and Botswana.

One of the works from artist Rose-Mary Rychner (photo: Admassu)

As we have visited Gallery Lalibela, Mesfin told us that it has been his long time dream to get involved in the world of Art. His ambition is to give artists a starting push to make their work available and known to the public. Mesfin knows how expensive for unknown artists it is to organize their own exhibitions in the center of an important financial metropolis like Frankfurt. Most galleries are oriented to displaying works from already known artists.

Part the gallery from inside (photo: Admassu)

Because of its central location, Mesfin’s gallery is a great opportunity for new comer artists. Art lovers will also benefit from this combination because the gallery and the restaurant are on the same road and next to each other. Means, those who are visiting the exhibitions can be served with beverages and food for an affordable price.

Mesfin with a customer in his restaurant Lalibela (photo: Admassu)

Gallery Lalibela is a new way of serving the public. This project is different and innovative; a Restaurant with its own gallery next door. Mesfin is obviously spending his hard-earned money on this project to keep the exhibitions running.

Inside view of the restaurant (photo: Admassu)

We highly value his motivation and encourage artists and art lovers to visit Lalibela and enjoy the art works and have a productive chat with Mesfin about future exhibitions.

Contact Lalibela:
phone: 0049 (0) 69 29 38 31

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