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The Paradisiacal Colours of Hell

New Painting from Haiti: Préfète Duffaut & Frantz Zéphirin

Cabinet Exhibition of the GRASSI Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig (GRASSI Ethnographical Museum in Leipzig) in Cooperation with the Denkmalschmiede Höfgen (Memorial Forge Höfgen)
9 September, 2011 to 26 February, 2012

Under the title “The Paradisiacal Colours of Hell”, works by Préfète Duffaut (*1923) and Frantz Zéphirin (*1968) are presented. Both painters are deeply rooted in the tradition of naive Haitian painting, which manifested itself with the founding of the Centre d’ Art in Port-au-Prince in 1944 and which even was admired by Picasso and the French surrealists.

In 2010 following the earthquake catastrophe, Frantz Zéphirin, one of the most successful representatives of the younger artist generation, was guest at the Saxon artist house Denkmalschmiede Höfgen. Art works that were created during his stay there are part of the exhibition. Zéphirin motifs, which he paints in brilliant acrylic paint and filigree brushstrokes, are counted among incidents from the eventful history of Haiti, spiritual depictions of the voodoo cult, but also the processing of the traumatic events of the earthquake of January 2010.

Art works by Préfète Duffaut will be shown in correspondence to the aforementioned pieces. Duffaut belonged to the first members of the Centre d’ Art that was founded in Port-au-Prince in 1944. Within the Haitian painting, he coined the so-called Jacmel style with his fantastical landscapes. His paintings belong to permanent collections of important museums, such as the Brooklyn Museum in New York.