Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA)

Present

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

30th June - 20th August, 2017

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition - Yinka Shonibare's Exhibited Work's and details on his curated room.

In addition to exhibiting his 'Wind Sculpture VI' in the Royal Academy Courtyard, his figurative scultpure 'Venus de' Medici' 2017 in room VI, his two paintings 'Angel (Red)', 2016 in the Central Hall and 'Angel (Turquoise)', 2016 in room III, and his screenprint 'Ballet Africa', 2017 in the Lecture Room, Yinka Shonibare has also curated room VI for this years Summer Exhibition.

Shonibare sought to spotlight diversity in this year's Summer Exhibition, inviting artists from a wide variety of nationalities and backgrounds to show works. Although new to the Royal Academy, some are well established elsewhere, while others are emerging artists at the start of their careers, seeking languages that are relevant to their individual circumstances. Shonibare showcases works by artists such as Hassan Hajjaj, Tomoaki Suzuki, Abe Odedina, Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga, Samson Kambalu, and many more..

"Almost 250 years ago, the RA’s founding members agreed to hold an “Annual Exhibition of Paintings, Sculptures and Designs … open to all Artists”, to help finance the training of young artists in the Royal Academy Schools. Now, nearly 250 years later, ahead of our big anniversary in 2018, Royal Academician Eileen Cooper, explores themes of discovery and new talent from her unique position as Keeper of the Royal Academy – the Academician who is responsible for supporting and guiding the students. 

Cooper takes on the mantle of coordinating the largest open submission exhibition in the world, hanging over 1,200 works by artists established and lesser-known in the space of just eight days. Don’t miss work by internationally renowned artists Rosemarie Trockel, Julian Schnabel, Hassan Hajjaj, Secundino Hernández, Isaac Julien, Tomoaki Suzuki, Mark Wallinger and Sean Scully RA, as well as submissions by new Royal Academicians including Gilbert & George and David Adjaye. Other highlights include Yinka Shonibare RA’s six metre high colourful wind sculpture in the RA Courtyard, and Farshid Moussavi RA’s unique focus on construction coordination drawings in the Architecture Gallery."

 

 

'Wind Sculpture VI' 2014
'Wind Sculpture VI' 2014
Image Courtesy of Artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery. Photographer: Stephen White
'Winged Victory of Samothrace', 2017
'Winged Victory of Samothrace', 2017
Image Courtesy of Artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery. Photographer: Stephen White
Room VI - Yinka Shonibare's Curated Room
Room VI - Yinka Shonibare's Curated Room
Image Courtesy of Artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery. Photographer: Stephen White
'Ballet Africa' 2017
'Ballet Africa' 2017
Screen print with glaze on hand-deckled Somerset Tub Sized 410gsm paper
'Angel (Red)', 2016
'Angel (Red)', 2016
Unique ten colour silkscreen acrylic print and full colour digital print on canvas
'Angel (Turquoise)', 2016
'Angel (Turquoise)', 2016
Unique nine colour silkscreen acrylic print and full colour digital print on canvas

Tous, des sang-mêlés (All, mixed-bloods)

Musée d’art contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Museum MAC VAL

Group Show: From 22nd April to 3rd September, 2017. Opening on Friday 21 April 2017, 6:30pm 

The Val-de-Marne Contemporary Art Museum is happy to present a group show entitled “Tous, des sang-mêlés” (“All, mixed-bloods”) around the universal and burning issue of cultural identity. This original proposal echoes previous curatorial projects conducted by the MAC VAL over the last few years. 

In tune with the current world affairs, this exhibition explores the notion of cultural identity through various artistic visions and experiences: what is our common denominator? How do we build a shared culture in spite of more and more diverse/opposite origins? Those are some of the current global issues. Under the co-patronage of French historian Lucien Febvre and his book We are all mixed-bloods: a manual on the history of the French civilization (1950), and that of Stuart Hall, founding father of Cultural Studies, this exhibition highlights the fictional dimension of the concept of cultural identity. Our curators have build an exhibition around different proposals that raise questions and shed light on what relates and sets us apart, on transfer of knowledge and future, on power and resistance, on individuals and communities… 

Through the voice of about sixty international artists and around one hundred artworks, the exhibition investigates the topics of cultural, national and sexual identities. They all revolve around the notion of being, yet some are obvious, others bring up –often passionate, always political- debates, and others call up memories of the past, sensitivity, experiences, and existence itself, from survival instinct to the notion of living together. 

The works gathered in this exhibition tackle these topics from a real-life standpoint in a spirit of exchange and dialogue. If cultural identity is a fiction, artists have different ways to interpret, investigate and question it…while taking distance with the –all too reductive- identity perspective. How do we shape ourselves in regard to our tongue, territory, family, History, story, and stereotypes? 

The exhibition proposes several elements to establish a common ground on which alterities could develop together and in regard to one another. 

Through the story, sensitivity, words and commitment of artists from all horizons, ages and nationalities, each visitor can grow his own understanding of the notion of “Identity”. Set up in the very heart of the exhibition, “De quoi j’me mêle?” offers a space of encounters, debates, reading and relaxation all throughout the duration of the show. Its goal is to take time to think together or individually about the issues raised by the exhibition and the reality of today’s world. Singular voices will speak up to share opinions as well as personal and collective experiences. 

Yinka Shonibare will be exhibiting End of Empire, 2016

Curated by Julie Crenn and Frank Lamy, Assisted by Julien Blanpied and Ninon Duhamel.

 

 

 

End of Empire, 2016
End of Empire, 2016

Leisure Land Golf

York Art Gallery

Yinka Shonibare's Football Cloud, 2015 at Leisure Land Golf, York Art Gallery 2017

Doug Fishbone’s Leisure Land Golf is a touring exhibition by New Art Exchange (NAE), Nottingham. The Exhibition was originally commissioned by EM15, a collective of arts organisations from the East Midlands, for the #56 Venice Biennale. Loaned with kind permission by the artist and New Art Exchange, Nottingham.

Fully playable, this crazy golf course features themed holes each designed by a different world-renowned artist, including John Akomfrah, Doug Fishbone, Ellie Harrison, Yinka Shonibare, Hetain Patel, Reactor and Eyal and Ines Weizman. The game offers an accessible and interactive way of engaging with contemporary art evoking political, social and economic concerns around the theme of leisure.

 

 

Football Cloud, 2015
Football Cloud, 2015

Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

Wind Sculpture VII

Wind Sculpture VII is the first sculpture installed permanently in front of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. This unique, gold-leaf version of Shonibare’s Wind Sculptures series evokes the sails of ships that have crossed the Atlantic and other oceans, connecting nations through the exchange of ideas, products, and people. In its form, it captures histories that can be inspiring or brutal, but always complex. It suggests that the opening of the seas led not only to the slave trade and colonization, but also to the dynamic contributions of Africans and African heritage worldwide. Using yellow, blue, rose, and gold, Shonibare celebrates the African men, women, and children who have shaped the United States, Great Britain, and other nations of today and for the future.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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

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.

 

Nelsons Ship in  Bottle
Nelsons Ship in Bottle
© 2010 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.

 

Wind Sculpture Howick Place
Wind Sculpture Howick Place
© 2014 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. 
 
 

 

Globe Head Ballerina
Globe Head Ballerina
2012 Yinka Shonibare MBE

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