Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA)

Yinka Shonibare, Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy 2014

26th March - 10th May 2014

Brand New Gallery is proud to introduce the first solo exhibition in an Italian gallery of the British-born Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE, opening on the 26th of March and running through May 10th. In this multi-part exhibition of sculptures, photography, and film, Shonibare explores the concept of destiny as it relates to themes of desire, yearning, love, power, and sexual repression.

Following the installation of the artist’s widely acclaimed work “Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle” in Trafalgar Square in London, Shonibare continues his explorations of Lord Nelson, the figurehead of the British Empire at its apotheosis. During the exhibition, the gallery will feature two sculptural installations of costumes with period details and his signature vibrantly patterned fabrics, a hallmark of his work, as well as a series of five photoworks entitled “Fake Death Pictures”. On view is the film “Addio Del Passato” (So Closes My Sad Story) in which the character of Lord Nelson’s estranged wife, sings the eponymous aria from the last act of Verdi’s opera, “La Traviata”.


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