Yinka Shonibare MBE

Yinka Shonibare MBE

fake death picture (the suicide - manet) by yinka shonibare mbe

Yinka Shonibare MBE

Fake Death Picture (The Suicide - Manet), 2011

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fake death picture (the death of chatterton-henry wallis) by yinka shonibare mbe

Yinka Shonibare MBE

Fake Death Picture (The Death of Chatterton-Henry Wallis), 2011

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revolution kid (fox girl) by yinka shonibare mbe

Yinka Shonibare MBE

Revolution Kid (fox girl), 2012

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014Saturday, May 10, 2014

Via Carlo Farini 32
Milan, Italy

Yinka Shonibare MBE
march 26 | may 10, 2014
Opening march 26, 2014 from 5-9 PM


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.
Over the past decade, Yinka Shonibare MBE has become well known for his exploration of colonialism and post-colonialism within the contemporary context of globalization. Working in painting, sculpture, photography and film Shonibare’s work examines race, class, and the construction of cultural identity through sharp political commentary on the tangled interrelationship between Africa and Europe and their respective economic and political histories. Having described himself as a postcolonial hybrid, Shonibare uses wry citations of Western art history and literature to question the validity of contemporary cultural and national identities.
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”.

Yinka Shonibare MBE was born in 1962 in London. He moved to Lagos, Nigeria at the age of three, but returned to London to study Fine Art first at the Byam Shaw College of Art (now Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design) and then at Goldsmiths College where he received MFA, graduating as part of the “Young British Artists” generation. He gained notoriety on the international stage via his commission for Documenta 10 in 2002 and was a Turner Prize nominee in 2004. In 2005 he was awarded the decoration of Member of the “Most Excellent Order of the British Empire” a title that he officially added on his professional name. His works were featured in the 52nd Biennale di Venezia (2007) and a major mid-career survey toured in 2008-9 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; the Brooklyn Museum, New York; and the Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC. In 2013, a major survey show was mounted at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, Yorkshire, and travelled in part to Royal Museums Greenwich/The Queen’s House, London, to Copenhagen’s GL Strand and to Poland’s Wroclaw Contemporary Museum. In 2013 the prestigious Royal Academy of Arts elected Yinka Shonibare MBE as a new member.

Shonibare’s work is included in several prestigious permanent collections, to name a few: Tate Collection, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Modern Museet, Stockholm; Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis; Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco. Yinka Shonibare MBE currently lives and works in the East End of London.

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Yinka Shonibare MBE
26 marzo | 10 maggio 2014
Opening 26 marzo 2014 ore 17-21


Brand New Gallery è orgogliosa di presentare la prima mostra personale dell’artista anglo-nigeriano Yinka Shonibare MBE in una galleria italiana. In questa mostra che unisce sculture, fotografia e film, Shonibare esplora il concetto di destino legato ai temi di desiderio, amore, potere e repressione sessuale.
Nel corso dell’ultimo decennio, Yinka Shonibare MBE si è distinto per la sua esplorazione del colonialismo e post-colonialismo nel contesto contemporaneo della globalizzazione. Per mezzo di pittura, scultura, fotografia e film, l’opera di Shonibare esamina le tematiche di razza e classe e la costruzione dell’identità culturale, attraverso acuti commenti politici sull’aggrovigliata interrelazione tra Africa ed Europa e le loro rispettive storie economiche e politiche. Descrivendosi come un ibrido postcoloniale, Shonibare utilizza citazioni ironiche di storia dell’arte occidentale e letteratura per mettere in discussione la validità delle identità culturali e nazionali contemporanee.
A seguito dell’ampiamente acclamata opera dell’artista Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle a Trafalgar Square a Londra, Shonibare prosegue con la sua indagine su Lord Nelson, figura emblematica dell’Impero Britannico alla sua apoteosi. Durante la mostra, la galleria presenterà due installazioni scultoree di costumi con dettagli d’epoca e tessuti con vibranti fantasie, segno caratteristico del suo lavoro, così come una serie di cinque lavori fotografici intitolati Fake Death Pictures. Sarà proiettato il film Addio Del Passato, in cui il carattere dell’ex-moglie di Lord Nelson canta l’omonima aria dell’ultimo atto dell’opera La Traviata di Verdi.

Yinka Shonibare MBE è nato nel 1962 a Londra. Si è trasferito a Lagos, Nigeria all’età di tre anni, tornando poi a Londra per studiare Belle Arti al Byam Shaw College of Art (ora Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design) e in seguito al Goldsmiths College, dove ha ricevuto un Master of Fine Art, divenendo parte della generazione degli “Young British Artists”. Ha guadagnato notorietà sulla scena internazionale attraverso la commissione per Documenta 10 nel 2002 ed è stato candidato al Premio Turner nel 2004. Nel 2005 è stato insignito dell’onorificenza di membro del “Most Excellent Order of the British Empire”, un titolo che ha ufficialmente aggiunto al suo nome. Le sue opere sono state presentate alla 52° Biennale di Venezia (2007) e un’importante mostra di metà carriera è stata in tour nel 2008-2009 presso: Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; the Brooklyn Museum, New York; Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC. Nel 2013, una grande retrospettiva è stata allestita allo Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, Yorkshire e, in parte, al Royal Museums Greenwich/The Queen’s House, Londra; GL Strand, Copenhagen; Wroclaw Contemporary Museum, Breslavia (Polonia). Nel 2013 la prestigiosa Royal Academy of Arts ha eletto Yinka Shonibare MBE come nuovo membro.

Le opere di Shonibare fanno parte di numerose prestigiose collezioni permanenti. Per citarne alcune: Tate Collection, Londra; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Victoria and Albert Museum, Londra; Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; The Israel Museum, Gerusalemme; Moderno Museet, Stoccolma; Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis; Scottish National Gallery, Edimburgo; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco. Yinka Shonibare MBE vive e lavora nell’East End di Londra.