Yinka Shonibare

Yinka Shonibare

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Born in 1962

Lives & works in London, , United Kingdom

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Presentation of the artist

Yinka Shonibare CBE (b. London, UK, 1962 -) moved to Lagos, Nigeria at the age of three. He returned to the UK to study Fine Art at Byam Shaw School of Art, London and Goldsmiths College, London, where he received his Masters in Fine Art.

He has become known for his exploration of colonialism and post-colonialism within the context of globalization. Through his interdisciplinary practice, Shonibare’s work examines race, class and the construction of cultural identity through a political commentary of the interrelationship between Africa and Europe, and their respective economic and political histories. Shonibare uses citations of Western art history and literature to question the validity of contemporary cultural and national identities.

In 2002, he was commissioned to create one of his most recognised installations, Gallantry and Criminal Conversation for Documenta XI. In 2004, he was nominated for the Turner Prize and in 2008, his mid-career survey began at Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; touring to the Brooklyn Museum, New York and the Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C. In 2010, his first public art commission Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle was displayed on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, London, and was acquired by the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.

In 2013, he was elected as a Royal Academician and in 2017, Wind Sculpture VI was featured in the courtyard of the Royal Academy of the Arts, London as part of the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Shonibare was also commissioned by the Yale Center for British Art to create Mrs Pinckney and the Emancipated Birds of South Carolina for inclusion in ’Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte, and the Shaping of the Modern World’, which went on display at Kensington Palace, London in 2017.

His recent commission with the Public Art Fund, Wind Sculpture (SG) I, is now on permanent display at Davidson College, North Carolina. He was awarded the honour of ‘Commander of the Order of the British Empire’ in the 2019 New Year’s Honours List.

His work is included in notable museum collections including Tate, London; the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Guggenheim Abu Dhabi; Moderna Museet, Stockholm and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago among others.

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Nationality : United Kingdom

Sculpture Contemporary Art

In connection with

Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg - South Africa

Rizzoli, Bordeaux - France


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1962

Born in London, United Kingdom

Solo exhibitions & presentations

2019

Yinka Shonibare CBE: Flower Power, Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan

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2019

A Tale of 2019 Today: Yinka Shonibare CBE, Driehaus Museum, Chicago, USA

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2019

Trade Winds: Yinka 2019 Shonibare CBE, Norval Foundation, Cape Town, South Africa

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2019

Creatures of the Mappa Mundi, Hereford Cathedral, Hereford, UK

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2018

The American Library, Van Every/Smith Galleries at Davidson College, North Carolina,USA

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2018

Yinka Shonibare MBE, Fitzrovia Chapel, London, UK End of Empire, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, UK

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2018

Ruins Decorated, Goodman Gallery Johannesburg, SA

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2018

Yinka Shonibare MBE, Busan Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea

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2017

Prejudice at Home; a Parlour, a Library and a Room, James Cohan Gallery, New York, USA

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2017

Paradise Beyond, Gemeentmuseum Helmond, Netherlands

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Group exhibitions & fairs

2019

Criminal Ornamentation, Curated by Yinka Shonibare, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, Hayward Touring, UK

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2018

From Africa to the Americas: Face-to-face Picasso, Past and Present, Musée des Beaux- Arts de Montreal, Canada Time and Tide. The Power of the Sea, Chatham Dockyard, London, UK

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2018

Powerful Tides, The Dockyard, Chatham, UK Eco e Narciso, Palazzo Barberini, Rome, Italy

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2018

Talisman in the Age of Difference, Curated by Yinka Shonibare, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK

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2018

The Great Spectacle, RA Summer Exhibition Retrospective, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

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2018

An American City: Eleven Cultural Exercises, Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Ohio,USA

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2018

Musée des Civilisations, Dakar, Senegal Senses of Time: Video and Film-based Works of Africa, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington DC, USA

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2018

Soft Power, Transpaleter Art Centre, Bourges, France Bloot, Museum Kranenburgh, Bergen, Germany Criminal Ornamentation, Curated by Yinka Shonibare, Attenborough Arts Centre, Hayward Touring, Leicester, UK

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2018

The Most Real Thing: Contemporary Textiles and Sculpture, New Art Centre, Roche Court, Salisbury, UK

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