Yinka Shonibare CBE: Flower Power
The Fukuoka City Museum announced the outline of its first special exhibition after its current renovation. From the museum’s extensive collection of 16,000 items that were accumulated over 40 years, approximately 250 pieces including pieces by Salvador Dali, Joan Miro, and Andy Warhol will be on display. In addition to this largest-scale exhibition of the museum’s collection, Yinka Shonibare CBE’s first solo exhibition in Japan This is our Collection + Yinka Shonibare CBE: Flower Power will be another must-see at this event where his new artwork with Sakura motif will premiere from March 21 to May 26 2019.
Over the past decades, Shonibare has become well known for his exploration of colonialism and post-colonialism within the contemporary context of globalization. Working in painting, sculpture, photography, film and installation, Shonibare’s work examines race, class and the construction of cultural identity through a sharp political commentary of the tangled interrelationship between Africa and Europe and their respective economic and political histories. Shonibare uses wry citations of Western art history and literature to question the validity of contemporary cultural and national identities.
In 2013, Shonibare was elected as a Royal Academician and his most recent contributions have included: the RA Family Album, which was used to wrap Burlington Gardens building during construction and his two curated rooms which were part of the 2017 Royal Academy Summer exhibition, during which Wind Sculpture VI was also displayed in the RA courtyard.
His recent major commission with the Public Art Fund, Wind Sculpture (SG) I, was installed at Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park from March 7 to October 14, 2018. FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art presented The American Library at the Cleveland Public Library from July 14 to September 30, 2018.
Shonibare’s works are included in notable collections internationally, including the Tate Collection, London; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome; Pérez Art Museum Miami in Florida and VandenBroek Foundation, The Netherlands.
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