|Paris gets a taste of Zimbabwe art|
|Tuesday, 07 June 2011 22:32|
By Stephen Garan'anga
This international platform complements the other Zimbabwean high-profile show that has just kicked off at the Venice Biennale in Italy.
The highly creative 2010 National Arts Merit Award winner in the three-dimensional visual arts category Zacharaha Magasa, numerous awards winner in various previous shows and co-founder of the First Floor Gallery, Moffat Takadiwa, Wycliffe Mundopa, Brian Banda and Terrence Musekiwa are the young minds that showed at Pavé d'Orsay in the France.
Paris is world renowned for its numerous high-profile international art museums and galleries that secure hundreds of thousands of artworks by countless global old masters and important contemporary artists.
The intention to have the art show abroad had been in the pipeline for some time as the young artists working together with the support of Paris-based art critic and educator Valerie Kabov.
The dream was to bring to European audiences a truly contemporary and dynamic vision of Zimbabwe and to broaden the audiences and support for emerging Zimbabwean art internationally.
Norway to support the opening on May 12, 2011.
"Not only has this been an amazing opportunity to bring to the attention of a truly international audience contemporary art, it has also been an opportunity to change people's hearts and minds about Zimbabwe.
"People who become interested in our artists also want to know about their lives and look beyond the headlines.
"This has really made us feel how powerful art can be at changing perceptions and fighting prejudice. Of course, the best thing has been to know that people from all around the world can recognise the merit and find joy in the works of young talented Zimbabweans who speak about their lives and lives of their people with honesty and integrity.