Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA)

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Butterfly Kid (Boy), 2015
Butterfly Kid (Boy), 2015
Fiberglass mannequin, Dutch wax printed cotton textile, silk, metal, globe, leather and steel baseplate 50 x 29 1/2 x 34 5/8 in © 2015, Yinka Shonibare MBE

Rotunda Projects: Yinka Shonibare MBE

Organised by the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, courtesy of James Cohan Gallery

7th May - 6th November 2016

The inaugural exhibition for Rotunda Projects comprises four figures from Shonibare’s series Rage of the Ballet Gods. The figures will be on view in the museum’s rotunda from May 7th to November 6th, 2016, as part of the museum’s year-long centennial celebration.

The Rotunda Projects series will engage visitors with experimental, provocative, and compelling works in a variety of styles and employing diverse materials created by internationally recognized and emerging artists.

 

RA Family Album
RA Family Album
Courtesy of Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and James Cohan Gallery, New York

Royal Academy Wrap

Digital print commissioned by Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts is undergoing a transformative redevelopment by David Chipperfield Architects that will unite Burlington House on Piccadilly with 6 Burlington Gardens to the north. The Royal Academy will be opened as never before, creating a revitalised destination for artists and the public in the very heart of London, completed in time for our 250th anniversary in 2018. Across the site there will be new public areas, displays of our collection and more space for the RA Schools. Burlington Gardens will reopen with newdedicated spaces for exhibitions, new Learning facilities, and a double-height lecture theatre.

Royal Academician Yinka Shonibare MBE will create an art work for the scaffolding wrap which will shroud the façade of Burlington Gardens for the next 2 years while the building work is taking place. It will contribute an important temporary work of art to the neighbo§urhood of Mayfair that celebrates not just the Royal Academy but the importance of art and culture for everyone. 

‘RA Family Album’ brings together over 150 photographs that span the Royal Academy’s 248-year history. The juxtaposition of images reveals the rich tapestry of activity which takes place behind these walls.  From the renowned exhibitions, public debates, artists’ gatherings and stylish social events, to the more private making of art by Schools students and the skilled back of house operation, all give the place its life and vitality. This spread of images is topped by one of Shonibare’s signature colourful fabric designs, in this case of circles, selected as a sign of universal inclusiveness. From historic legacy to future possibilities, the work highlights the Royal Academy as a place for all.

 

 

The British Library
The British Library
Hardback books, Dutch wax printed cotton textile, gold foiled names, five wooden chairs, five iPads, iPad stands, headphones, interactive Application and antique wind-up clock Dimensions: Variable © 2014 Yinka Shonibare MBE

End of Empire

Co-commision by 14 - 18 NOW and Turner Contemporary Margate.

22nd March - 30th October 2016

In a new commission, Yinka Shonibare, MBE, one of the leading artists at work in the UK, explores how the new alliances forged in the First World War changed British society forever and continue to affect us today.

Shonibare’s new work features two of his signature figures attired in African fabrics, their globe-heads highlighting the countries involved in WW1. Offering a metaphor for dialogue, balance and conflict, the entire work pivots almost imperceptibly in the gallery space, symbolising the possibility of compromise and resolution between two opposing forces.

How has immigration contributed to the British culture in which we live today? How have immigrants shaped what it means to be British? These are the questions Shonibare asks in The British Library, a sculptural work presented alongside End of Empire at Turner Contemporary. Shelves of books, many bearing the name of an immigrant who has enriched our society (from TS Eliot to Zaha Hadid), remind us that the displacement of communities by global war has consequences that inform our lives and attitudes today.

 

Adam and Eve
Adam and Eve
Fibreglass mannequins, Dutch wax printed cotton textile, fibreglass, wire, leather and steel baseplates 285 x 230 x 115 cm © 2013, Yinka Shonibare MBE

Recreating the Pastoral

Solo Exhibition at VISUAL Carlow Ireland

6th February - 19th June

Recreating The Pastoral draws the viewer through a series of installations which juxtapose elements of elaborate 18th and 19th C European dress and courtly behaviour with contemporary political sensitivities expressed through Shonibare's use for Dutch wax cotton cloth, itself a culturally ambigious material replete with a colonial history of appropriation.The installations question Euro-centric histories, and are a powerful expression of the complexities inherent in contemporary discourse on post-colonialism and identity. Shonibare's Jardin d'Amour mimics the frivolity and excess of 18th C Europe. The theatrical staging of works. framed within an elaborate artificial maze draw references to the colonial relationship to landscape, and the control and creation of spaces for pleasure by a powerful elite.

 

 

Nelsons Ship in  Bottle
Nelsons Ship in Bottle
© 2010 Yinka Shonibare MBE

Yinka Shonibare MBE Nelson's Ship in a Bottle

Nelson's HMS Victory

'Nelson's Ship in a Bottle' originally debuted on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square and is now permantley on display at The Nation Maritime Museum in Greenwich.The work is an incredibly detailed, scaled-down replica of HMS Victory, on which Nelson died during the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805. It has 80 cannon and 37 sails set as on the day of battle. The fabrics used were inspired by Indonesian batik, mass-produced by Dutch traders and sold in West Africa.

 

Wind Sculpture Howick Place
Wind Sculpture Howick Place
© 2014 Yinka Shonibare MBE

Yinka Shonibare MBE Wind Sculpture

Commission for Howick Place

Wind Sculpture, a site specific commision, is permanently displayed as part of Howick Place in Victoria, London. Measuring 6 metres by 3 metres, the work explores the notion of harnessing movement, through the idea of capturing and freezing a volume of wind in a moment in time.

 

Globe Head Ballerina
Globe Head Ballerina
2012 Yinka Shonibare MBE

Yinka Shonibare Globe Head Ballerina

Yinka Shonibare's Globe Head Ballerina modelled on The Royal Ballet's Melissa Hamilton.

Globe Head Ballerina is a piece of public sculpture which is currently on display on the side of the Royal Oprea House in Convent Garden. This piece is a life sized work based on a photograph of ballerina Margot Fonteyn.The costume is made of African Dutch wax fabric and the dancer has a Victorian-style globe as her head. Encased within a large snow globe style sphere the ballerina rotates on Pointe. 
 
 

 

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