Asmara Eritrea Art
In an often forgotten corner of the Horn of Africa, Eritrea's capital has a rich history of art, architecture and cultural heritage, and the authorities want it declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has become a symbol of what the Italians built in the first half of the 20th century when it was a colony, but when they left the city in 1942, they had built so much that the city remained little more than a collection of buildings with a single street and a few shops. Eritrea's remote capital, Asmara, is famous for its ancient architecture, which includes over 400 buildings built during the colonial period from the late 19th to the mid-20th century.
The most impressive urban development took place in 1935, when Mussolini invaded nearby Ethiopia to establish a large colony. The city became more important and theatres and cathedrals were built, but the most important of these was built in Asmara in the late 1930s.
The modernist architecture in other Eritrean cities has been destroyed over the decades - a long war for independence from Ethiopia. The city's slow development preserved its buildings, and most of them remained in good condition until Eritrea gained independence from Ethiopia in 1961. Later, when it became independent, the striking buildings in Asmara, such as the National Art Museum, were transformed into the National Museum of Ethiopia and later, in the late 1990s, into a National Museum of Art and Cultural Heritage.
There are many links to Eritrea and there are many new organisations that promote and promote modern art and music. The National Museum has several departments, including the Museum of Art and Cultural Heritage and the National Gallery of Eritrean Art. Gabl Products is a subsidiary of G - Com, but there is no direct link between the two companies, only a link to the company's website and its website.
Asmara (MAHR - Asmera) is located in the heart of the city, with a large number of shops, restaurants, shops and cafes. The streets are crowded with people from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt and other countries, as well as tourists.
The elegant avenue is flanked by the imposing lines of the Ministry of Education, which once housed the Eritrean Ministry of Education and the Ethiopian Academy of Science and Technology, and by gravity - which overcomes 15-metre-high concrete wings with supporting columns on both sides. The building is so big that it was built like an airplane in flight, with 18 m of massive concrete wings floating above the pumps below. Its red-facade Art Deco splendour belies the fact that the Cinema Impero was built a year earlier, in 1937, and functioned as a cinema with red, white and blue colors and a black-and-white interior.
Asmara's urban development history is so unique: under Mussolini it was one of the most important cities in the world and a symbol of Italy's ambition to see Eritrea as a model for the development of its own industrial and economic development. And nothing was more important than the Italians who built it, nicknamed "Cinema Impero" - a reputation that extended far beyond academia and lecture halls. The story behind the cinema, the architectural heritage of the city and its cultural heritage: all part of a larger story about Italy, whose ambitions lie in the vision of an Italy seen from Eritrea.
On the one hand, we pride ourselves on the craftsmanship of our ancestors and enjoy strolling through a city that is considered one of the most beautiful in Africa, knowing that architecture could become a major tourist magnet in the future. But Eritreans, who are well aware of their hard-won heritage, are beginning to worry that their cultural heritage is under threat. If you are a sophisticated traveller who loves art, architecture, history, culture, art history and art in general, Asmara is an exciting city to explore.
The piece of the puzzle we know least about is the work of Giuseppe Pettazzi, an Italian planner and architect who came to Eritrea in the 1930s with his wife and two children, Giulio and Francesco, to find a new home for their family. Pettuzzi was the son of an Italian architect who was shipped to Eritrea in 1930 along with two of his sons, Giovanni and Giovanni.
Part of the colonial policy was to make Eritrea an industrial centre in East Africa and to attract many Italian companies. Asmara's architecture is a way to show Italy's approach to colonial management, because it coincides with a time in Italy when art was exploding. The African Empire, designed by Italy, became a field of experimentation for Italian architects and contributed to its reputation as one of the most important architectural centres in Africa. Apart from being added to Italy at the time of an "explosion" in art, and coinciding with it, its architecture was also a way of serving as a model for the development of modern architecture in other parts of Europe.