Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA)

Looking up... Yinka Shonibare, MBE.

NMNM, Villa Sauber, 17 avenue Princess Grace, MC98000 MONACO

The “Training for a Museum” exercise continues, with artists invited to take an alternative look at the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco’s collections. In 2010, Yinka Shonibare, MBE, will inaugurate this exercise in reinterpretation at the Villa Sauber with a journey into the imaginary world of the stage.

In his work, Yinka Shonibare, MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire), a Nigerian artist who lives in London and was born there in 1962, likes to unite different worlds in a single space, since he comes from the multiculturalism that constitutes our world today. His reflections on identity and memory mix together his two home cultures in a highly original aesthetic fashion. Bringing Dutch wax into a Victorian world and using it to dress the middle classes that he represents with headless mannequins proved to be an artistic gesture that made him instantly recognisable. A retrospective of Yinka Shonibare’s work has just been shown at the Brooklyn Museum in New York, followed by the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, and his ’ project will be inaugurated in Trafalgar Square on May 24, 2010.

Models, sculptures, photographs and videos: the works of Yinka Shonibare, MBE, will form an Ariadne’s thread inviting us to discover collections that belong to the artistic history of the Principality but have never or rarely been shown. Monte Carlo has been and is still a particularly vibrant artistic hub for stage and performance arts. We will encounter the Visconti “maquétothèque” of the Monte-Carlo Opera, Eugène Frey’s fabulous luminous decors, the Marquis du Périer de Mouriez’s strange collection of transparent paintings, plus the religious boxes from the Galéa Collection made by the Provencal Carmelites and a thousand other from the reserve collection that evoke the cabinets of curiosities of the 17th and 18th centuries, the ancestors of European museums. A costume conservation workshop will run throughout the exhibition, providing an opportunity for the public to get to know the hidden aspects of a museum.


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