yinka shonibare MBE in group exhibition 'kunst & textil' at staatsgalerie stuttgart, germany

21 March 2014
Staatsgalerie Stuttgart trace the history of art through textiles in this large scale group exhibition. The exhibition, which has travelled from Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, explores the importance of textiles in art and presents a "rereading" of the history of modern art from the Art Nouveau to the present. The show will feature works by over 80 artists, including high-caliber paintings by Gustav Klimt, Vincent van Gogh, Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse, Paul Klee and Jackson Pollock. The exhibits will be shown over 2,700 square meters of exhibition space and will include historic artefacts such as a woven fabric from ancient Peru from the collection of Anni Albers.

The exhibition will also include the work 'Food Faerie' by Yinka Shonibare MBE, an artist closely associated with his use of fabric. His trademark material is the brightly coloured ‘African' fabric he buys at Brixton market. The fabric was inspired by Indonesian design, mass-produced by the Dutch and eventually sold to the colonies in West Africa. In the 1960's the material became a new sign of African identity and independence. Shonibare's work explores issues of race and class through the media of painting, sculpture, photography and film. Having described himself as a ‘post-colonial' hybrid, Shonibare questions the meaning of cultural and national definitions.

The exhibition at Staatsgalerie Stuttgart runs from 21 March 2014 until 22 June 2014.

Staatsgalerie Stuttgart website