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Die paradiesischen Farben der Hölle. Malerei aus Haiti von Alix bis Zéphirin
The exhibition shows works by Préfète Duffaut (*1923) and Frantz Zéphirin (*1968). Both painters continue the tradition of naïve Haitian painting. This painting style manifested itself with the founding of the Centre d’ Art in Port-au-Prince and had already been admired by Picasso and the French surrealists.
In 2010 shortly after the earthquake in Haiti, Frantz Zéphirin, one of the representatives of the younger artist generation, was guest at the Saxon Artist House Denkmalschmiede Höfgen. Paintings created during his stay are part of the current exhibition. Among the themes that Zéphirins paints with powerful acrylic paint and in a delicate manner, are events from Haiti’s history, spiritual depictions of the Voodoo cult, but also the processing of the traumatic events of the earthquake in January of 2010.
Corresponding with Zéphirin’s art, works by Préfète Duffaut are on view. He belonged to the first members of the Centre d’ Art. Within the Haitian painting Duffaut coined the so-called “Jacmel style” with his visionary landscapes. His paintings belong to the permanent collections of major museums, such as the Brooklyn Museum New York.