La Biennale di Venezia 2022 | Merikokeb Berhanu

59th International Art Exhibition, curated by Cecilia Alemani

Addis Fine Art is pleased to announce that Ethiopian artist, Merikokeb Berhanu has been invited to the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia , titled The Milk of Dreams, curated by Cecilia Alemani. Berhanu will be Addis Fine Art’s first artist to ever be exhibited in the Biennale’s main pavilion. The exhibition is on view now until 27 November


The past year has seen Berhanu exhibit a sold out booth at Frieze London 2021 with Addis Fine Art, as well as garnering significant attention from acclaimed curators and institutions, including a recent acquisition by Instituto Inhotim Collection, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Berhanu has also exhibited with Addis Fine Art in The Armory Show (2020) and 1-54 Contemporary Art Fair (2019). She has also presented solo exhibitions in London, Addis Ababa, and Nairobi.  


Merikokeb Berhanu was born in 1977 in Addis Ababa and graduated from the Addis Ababa University, Alle School of Fine Arts and Design in 2002. Berhanu currently lives and works in Maryland, but she spent the first fifteen years of her career painting in relative obscurity in her studio in Addis Ababa. Meditated yet organic, her paintings are multitudinous in meaning – speaking at once to the experience of a migrant assimilating into a foreign culture, to environmentalism and consumerism, and the universality of life and nature.. Berhanu has worked with Addis Fine Art since 2017.


Giardini della Biennale

C. Giazzo, 30122 Venezia VE, Italy



February 1, 2022
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