yinka shonibare MBE at davidson college, north carolina, USA

25 October 2018
'Wind Sculpture (SG) I', a large-scale outdoor work by Yinka Shonibare MBE is permanently installed on the campus of Davidson College, North Carolina, USA. Providing additional context for this work is 'The American Library', an exhibition featuring Shonibare's new project of the same name, along with related sculptures, photographs, and a film.

yinka shonibare MBE in 'the most real thing: contemporary textiles and sculpture' at new art centre, salisbury, UK

15 September 2018
'Adam and Eve' by Yinka Shonibare MBE will be shown as part of 'The Most Real Thing: Contemporary textiles and sculpture', at New Art Centre, in Salisbury. Bringing together a wide variety of artists, from Naum Gabo and Barbara Hepworth, to Ismini Samanidou and Barry Flanagan, this show examines the ongoing relationship between sculpture and textiles. Featuring a range of media, the exhibition includes three-dimensional objects, contemporary painting, costume and performance to fabric, craft and design.

'the american library' by yinka shonibare MBE goes on display at front, cleveland triennial, ohio, USA

14 July 2018
Commissioned in partnership with Cleveland Public Library, 'The American Library' is a new installation featuring 6,000 books, each covered in wax printed batik textile. These are inscribed with names of immigrants with notable contributions to American culture. Alongside the exhibition are web-based documents featuring immigrants and stories uploaded by visitors.

yinka shonibare MBE and david shrigley in the 250th summer exhibition at the royal academy, london, UK

12 June 2018
Grayson Perry RA curates the 250th Summer Exhibition for the annual celebration of "art made now". Yinka Shonibare's 'Young Academician', 2018, is installed in the Sackler Wing of Galleries. The work shows a leaning figure balancing on one leg whilst an outstretched arm holds a pile of books stacked high and teetering precariously. In the new Ronald and Rita McAulay Gallery, David Shrigley has new "tabloid news" works on paper installed in the "room of humour".

yinka shonibare MBE in ‘powerful tides’ at the dockyard, chatham, UK

23 March 2018
Powerful Tides: 400 Years of Chatham and the Sea looks at artists, both historical and contemporary, inspired by The Dockyard and the ships that were built there. The exhibition also links The Dockyard back to the waterways and the sea to which it was once intrinsically connected. The exhibition will include Yinka Shonibare's 2009 work 'Nelson's Ship in Bottle' which refers both to British colonialism and its expansion in trade and Empire made possible through the freedom of the seas and new trade routes.

yinka shonibare MBE in 'like life: sculpture, color, and the body (1300–now)’ at the met breuer, new york

21 March 2018
Seven hundred years of sculptural practice is examined in 'Like Life: Sculpture, Color, and the Body (1300-Now)'. This groundbreaking exhibition explores narratives of sculpture in which artists have sought to replicate the literal, living presence of the human body. 'Girl Ballerina', 2007, by Yinka Shonibare MBE is shown alongside Edgar Degas' 'The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer' of c.1880.

yinka shonibare MBE in conversation at the met, new york, USA

9 March 2018
Yinka Shonibare MBE discusses a career committed to exploring contemporary African identity with Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem.

The talk comes ahead of 'Like Life: Sculpture, Color, and the Body (1300-Now', a group exhibition at The Met that opens on 21 March.

'wind sculpture (sg) i' by yinka shonibare MBE commissioned for doris c. freedman plaza, central park, new york

7 March 2018
Public Art Fund presents 'Wind Sculpture (SG) I', a new sculpture by Yinka Shonibare MBE commissioned for Doris C. Freedman Plaza at the southeast entrance to Central Park. This is the first work in a second generation of his celebrated Wind Sculpture series.

yinka shonibare MBE talks at the new school, new york, USA

5 March 2018
Yinka Shonibare will be in conversation with Nicholas Baume, Director and Chief Curator of Public Art Fund. The talk accompanies Public Art Fund's upcoming exhibition, Wind Sculpture (SG) I.

yinka shonibare MBE in ‘from life’ at the royal academy, london

11 December 2017
In this exhibition The Royal Academy asks what it means to make art from life, and how the practice is evolving as technology opens up new ways of making and seeing. New interactive work by Yinka Shonibare will be on display in the Tennant Gallery, offering a glimpse of possible future applications of virtual reality. Through this, and other works, we see how emerging technologies such as HTC Vive and Tilt Brush by Google are pres...

yinka shonibare MBE in conversation with alastair sooke at chatsworth house, derbyshire, UK

23 September 2017
Yinka Shonibare MBE will be in conversation with art critic and broadcaster Alastair Sooke as part of Art Out Loud at Chatsworth House.

2.30pm-3.30pm, South Lawn

yinka shonibare MBE in 'colonial stories' at gl holtegaard, holte, denmark

25 August 2017
This exhibition marks the centenary of the end of the Danish colonies in the West Indies, exploring the history through artworks, cultural artefacts, and contemporary art from Denmark and abroad. It will include ‘Little Rich Girls' and ‘Earth' by Yinka Shonibare MBE.

new commission by yinka shonibare MBE in 'enlightened princesses' at kensington palace, london, UK

22 June 2017
A new commission by Yinka Shonibare MBE titled 'Mrs Pinckney and The Emancipated Birds of South Carolina' will be included in 'Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte, and the Shaping of the Modern World' at Kensington Palace.

yinka shonibare MBE in royal academy summer exhibition, london, UK

13 June 2017
The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition features two new paintings by Yinka Shonibare MBE, who has also curated a section of the annual show. Exhibited for the first time in London, the paintings depict angels with African ritual masks over their faces. Shonibare combines powerful imagery from Christian European and African mythologies in order to create a hybrid: what the artist calls 'a third myth'. The result is an arresting interruption of classical depictions of angels in Shonibare's distinctive style.

yinka shonibare MBE in 'a masked ball, 18th century and contemporary art' at chateau de nyon, switzerland

9 June 2017
Yinka Shonibare MBE's film ‘Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball)', 2004, goes on display at Chateau de Nyon in an exhibition featuring artists who take the 18th century as a central theme in their work.

yinka shonibare MBE in 'diaspora pavillion' at the 57th venice biennale, venice, italy

13 May 2017
Yinka Shonibare MBE has mentored an emerging artist as part of Diaspora Pavilion, presented by International Curators Forum and University of the Arts London. 'The British Library' (detail pictured) will be installed on the first floor of Palazzo Pisani Santa Marina when their work is shown together.

yinka shonibare MBE features in ‘tous de sang meles (all, blood mingled)' at mac/val in paris, france

22 April 2017
The exhibition invites artists who address issues of identity through their work and it will include Shonibare's ‘End of Empire' which features two figures dressed in the artist's signature Dutch wax batik fabric, seated on a mechanically operated Victorian style see-saw. This imagery imitates the shifting points of balance in world politics over the course of World War 1 and its colonial fallout.

yinka shonibare MBE in 'public view' at bluecoat, liverpool, UK

4 February 2017
Curated by Bluecoat Artistic Director Bryan Biggs, the exhibition 'Public View' brings together works by 100 artists who have previously exhibited at Bluecoat. The exhibition will feature work from a number of high profile artists including Yinka Shonibare MBE, John Akomfrah, Sonia Boyce, Jeremy Deller, John Latham, Mark Leckey, Elizabeth Magill and Yoko Ono.

yinka shonibare MBE commission for yale centre for british art, connecticut, USA

2 February 2017
This exhibition includes a specially commissioned work by Yinka Shonibare MBE which was inspired by a meeting in 1753 between Princess Augusta and Eliza Lucas Pinckney who was the owner of a slave plantation in South Carolina, which was then a British colony. The exhibition will travel to Kensington Palace from 22 June to 12 November 2017.

british council unveils 'wind sculpture vi' by yinka shonibare MBE in lagos, nigeria

24 November 2016
For the first major solo exhibition by Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA) in Nigeria, 'Wind Sculpture VI', a six metre high fibreglass sculpture, is installed in Ndubuisi Kanu Park in Ikeja, Lagos. The project is part of the British Council's UK/Nigeria 2015-2016 season, which aims to build new audiences, create new collaborations and strengthen relationships between the two countries.

yinka shonibare MBE in 'body/play/politics' at yokohama museum of art, yokohama, japan

1 October 2016
BODY/PLAY/POLITICS presents six contemporary artists from around the world who use the body as a way to manifest and explore aspects of history. The exhibition will feature Yinka Shonibare MBE's 2011 film work ‘Addio del Passato', the artist's first investigation into Admiral Nelson (1758 - 1805), the English naval commander who died during the Battle of Trafalgar.

yinka shonibare MBE at gemeentemuseum helmond, netherlands

20 September 2016
Gemeentemuseum Helmond is pleased to present ‘Paradise Beyond' by renowned British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE. The museum will show major sculptures, installation, collages, drawings, photography and films from 2004 - 2016. The exhibition coincides with a presentation of iconic Vlisco textiles, as the nearby factory produces the patterned fabric that is so often present in Shonibare's work.

yinka shonibare MBE at yale center for british art in new haven, connecticut, USA

1 September 2016
Yinka Shonibare is best known for his explorations of the legacies of colonialism through sculpture, installations, film, and photography. This display, which coincides with the Center's exhibition Spreading Canvas: Eighteenth-Century British Marine Painting, will focus on Shonibare's interest in the British historical figure Admiral Lord Nelson, whom he uses as an emblem of Britain's imperial history. An important feature of Shonibare's work is the consistent use of colorful, wax-printed cotton fabrics, which are associated with Africa but originated in Indonesia and Holland, a product of global trade and imperial markets. The fabric sums up the themes at the heart of Shonibare's work.

'rotunda projects: yinka shonibare MBE' at memphis brooks museum of art, memphis, tennessee, USA

7 May 2016
The inaugural exhibition for Rotunda Projects comprises four figures from Yinka Shonibare MBE's series Rage of the Ballet Gods. The figures will be on view in the museum's rotunda as part of the museum's year-long centennial celebration.

yinka shonibare MBE major commission for royal academy, london, UK

1 May 2016
Yinka Shonibare MBE has designed the hoarding to be displayed on the front of the Royal Academy on Burlington Gardens while it undergoes restoration in preparation for the Royal Academy's 250th anniversary in 2018. Titled 'RA Family Album, the display brings together over 160 images 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.

yinka shonibare MBE in '14-18 now' programme of wwi centenary art commissions at turner contemporary, margate, UK

22 March 2016
As part of the 14-18 NOW programme of World War 1 Centenary Art commissions, Turner Contemporary's Sunley Gallery is transformed by two major works by leading contemporary artist Yinka Shonibare MBE. Coinciding with the gallery's fifth anniversary, Shonibare's powerful work explores themes of conflict, empire and migration in the centenary year of The Battle of the Somme, poignantly shown at Turner Contemporary against the dramatic backdrop of the North Sea.

yinka shonibare MBE: recreating the pastoral at visual centre for contemporary art, carlow, ireland

6 February 2016
'Recreating The Pastoral' draws the viewer through a series of installations which juxtapose elements of elaborate 18th and 19th century European dress and courtly behaviour with contemporary political sensitivities expressed through Shonibare's use for Dutch wax cotton cloth, itself a culturally ambigious material replete with a colonial history of appropriation. The installations question Euro-centric histories, and are a powerful expression of the complexities inherent in contemporary discourse on post-colonialism and identity.

yinka shonibare MBE hosts shape open 2016 at guest projects in london, UK

5 February 2016
This year, the ground-breaking annual Shape Open exhibition will be at Guest Projects space, hosted by Shape Open Patron Yinka Shonibare MBE.

The Shape Open 2016 theme ‘My Life' encouraged both disabled and non-disabled artists to creatively express life through the lens of disability. Using an exciting range of mediums such as blood, machinery and modified everyday objects to express their ideas, the artists drew on memory, ...

a museums at night event in partnership with yinka shonibare MBE at novium theatre, chichester, UK

30 October 2015
The Novium Museum is the winning venue for the Culture 24 national Connect! Museums at Night competition. The prize is bringing award winning artist Yinka Shonibare MBE to Chichester to lead an event at the museum as part of the next Museums at Night festival.

yinka shonibare MBE in 'la vida era esto?, progreso, libertad, auto realización' at da2, salamanca, spain

8 October 2015
Yinka Shonibare MBE is included in 'La vida era esto?, Progreso, libertad, auto realización' curated by Paco Barragán that will take place in DA2, Salamanca, Spain. Shonibare's early photographic series 'Dorian Gray' is included in the exhibition. By assuming the role of Dorian Gray himself, Shonibare extends his preoccupation with the dandy that first manifested itself in his previous work, Diary of a Victorian Dandy (1998) where he also featured in the photographs. Shonibare identifies himself with the ‘outsider' tradition of the dandy embodied by Oscar Wilde.


yinka shonibare MBE and kendell geers in ‘the inverted worlds’ at bps 22 in charleroi, belgium

26 September 2015
A major group exhibition exploring the relationship between popular culture and contemporary art, titled ‘The Inverted Worlds', opens at BPS22 in Charleroi, Belgium. The exhibition has been produced by the BPS 22 and the Mons 2015 Foundation in partnership with the Province of Hainaut, the City of Charleroi, Wallonia-Brussels Federation and the Walloon Region.

It will feature ‘Scramble for Africa', ...

yinka shonibare MBE in ‘a brief history of the future’ at the royal museums of fine arts of belgium

11 September 2015
Yinka Shonibare MBE's major sculptural installation ‘Space Walk' features in ‘A Brief History of the Future', an exhibition organised jointly by The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and the Louvre Museum.

As indicated by the title, the exhibition looks into the future and contemplates the world in the year 2050 with over 70 contemporary works selected to address major themes such as over-c...

yinka shonibare MBE is included in the summer exhibition at the royal academy, london

18 June 2015
As part of the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London, Yinka Shonibare MBE presents a series of five prints entitled 'Love in a Time of War'. In the original collages from which the series is made, Shonibare integrates text, black silhouettes of soldiers holding guns, and gold leaf and Dutch Wax Batik in the shape of hearts. The works remind us of the importance of peace and love in light of current global affairs and international relations.

The prints are available to buy through the Royal Academy webiste here

major yinka shonibare MBE solo exhibition at daegu art museum, south korea

30 May 2015
Daegu Art Museum will present a solo show of British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE, the artist's largest museum presentation in Asia.

Approximately 80 of his pieces including sculptures, two-dimensional works, installations, and video works will be on display, showcasing his extensive range of art. The exhibition will be comprised of six sub-themes: money, play, empire, conflict, environment, and love.

Shonibare employs an...

yinka shonibare MBE in 10th anniversary exhibition at museu afro brasil, sÃo paulo

29 May 2015
Yinka Shonibare MBE's works 'Egg Fight' (2009) and 'The British Library' (2014) are included in the 10th anniversary exhibition at Museu Afro Brasil in São Paulo, one of the most important Brazilian museums and the biggest Afro-American museum in the world. They have a collection of over 6,000 works which highlight the importance of African people in the formation of Brazilian culture, heritage and identity.


yinka shonibare MBE in ‘heartbreak hotel’ presented by the vanhaerents collection at venice biennale

6 May 2015
Yinka Shonibare MBE features in the group exhibition 'Heartbreak Hotel', presented by The a Vanhaerents Art Collection in its first major exhibition outside Belgium. Set to take place on the occasion of the 56th Venice Biennale, Heartbreak Hotel will be on view at the Zuecca Project Space, one of Venice's leading cultural institutions.

In recognition of his significance as the Collection's founder, W...

yinka shonibare MBE commissioned for doug fishbone’s ‘leisure land golf’ installation at venice biennale

6 May 2015
Yinka Shonibare MBE contributes to the Doug Fishbone mini golf creation installed at the Venice Biennale.

Produced by the organization EM15, Doug Fishbone's Leisure Land Golf is a fully-operational mini golf course for which nine artists - John Akomfrah, Yara El-Sherbini, Ellie Harrison, Candice Jacobs, Hetain Patel, Lindsay Seers, Yinka Shonibare, Eyal Weizman, and Fishbone himself - have been...

yinka shonibare MBE solo presentation at morris-jumel mansion in new york

1 May 2015
A site-specific exhibition 'Yinka Shonibare MBE: Colonial Arrangements' will open in May at Morris-Jumel Mansion in New York. Elaborate, colourful, seductive and quizzical, Yinka Shonibare's renowned, textile-based art has been the focus of more than 50 solo museum and gallery exhibitions worldwide. The latest, Colonial Arrangements, will consist of new and existing work and is a fitting match, with the Mansion's lovingly preserve...

'yinka shonibare MBE: piÉces de rÈsistance' at dhc/art montrÉal, canada

29 April 2015
DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art presents 'Pièces de résistance', the first major solo exhibition in Canada by British artist Yinka Shonibare MBE. The show will include early and new work across a variety of media, reflecting on the major themes that have concerned the artist's practice throughout his career.

tom friedman and yinka shonibare MBE in group show ‘arts & foods. rituals since 1851’ at triennale di milano

9 April 2015
Tom Friedman and Yinka Shonibare MBE in the group exhibition 'Arts & Foods. Rituals since 1851' at Triennale di Milano.

yinka shonibare MBE in the divine comedy: heaven, purgatory, and hell revisited by contemporary african artists

8 April 2015
Curated by the internationally acclaimed writer and art critic Simon Njami, this dramatic multi-media exhibition reveals the ongoing global relevance of Dante Alighieri's 14th century epic as part of a shared intellectual heritage. Including original commissions and renowned works of art by approximately 40 of the most dynamic contemporary artists from 19 African nations and the diaspora, th...

yinka shonibare MBE in 'unraveling identity: our textiles, our stories' at the textile museum, george washington university museum, washington, d.c., USA

21 March 2015
Yinka Shonibare MBE features in the largest exhibition in Textile Museum history, 'Unraveling Identity', which unites textiles from across cultures to explore expressions of individual, cultural, political, and social identity throughout the ages.

artist talk with yinka shonibare MBE at victoria and albert museum, london

20 March 2015
Yinka Shonibare MBE reflects on his work and talks about his studio project space, Guest Projects in an artist talk at Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Since Yinka Shonibare's ship in a bottle commission in Trafalgar Square, his work has expanded into the public realm. In this talk,the artist will discuss the different ways in which he works, from his early paintings in the 1990s to his use of costume, photography and per...

yinka shonibare MBE in ‘making africa’ at vitra design museum in weil am rhein, germany

14 March 2015
Yinka Shonibare MBE has work included in a major new exhibition at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein in Germany. ‘Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design' aims to shed new light on contemporary design in Africa. On the basis of a wide variety of examples, 'Making Africa' shows how design is accompanying - and even promoting - economic and political change on the continent and engaging in a clo...

lucas samaras and yinka shonibare MBE in 'chercher le garçon' at musée d'art contemporain du val-de-marne in vitry-sur-seine, france

7 March 2015
The exhibition is the first major part of the MAC/VAL 10th anniversary exhibition programme. 'Chercher le garçon' is a multidisciplinary exhibition which focuses on contemporary ideas and definitions of masculinity. To answer these questions the curator Frank Lamy has selected over a hundred male artists who deal with representations of gender and the male self in their work.

yinka shonibare MBE in 'staying power' at victoria and albert museum, london, UK

16 February 2015
Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s-1990s is a project to increase the number of black British photographers and images of black Britain in the V&A collection. It aims to raise awareness of the contribution of black Britons to British culture and society, as well as to the art of photography.

yinka shonibare MBE commissioned by william morris gallery, london

7 February 2015
Yinka Shonibare MBE is to create work for the William Morris Gallery's first major commission: a Morris-inspired photographic exhibition. The British Nigerian artist will work with Waltham Forest residents to recreate photographs of Morris's family from the Gallery's collection. Some of the sitters wear Victorian costume, refashioned from "African" batik fabric created especially for the project. The work encourages viewers to refle...

yinka shonibare MBE in ‘self: image and identity’ at turner contemporary, UK

24 January 2015
Two self portraits by Yinka Shonibare MBE will be on display in Self: Image and Identity, an extraordinary new exhibition opening at Turner Contemporary in Margate, UK in January 2015. In this exhibition Turner Contemporary becomes a frame through which self-portraiture is re-evaluated in the 21st century, sparking conversations on history, celebrity, collecting, gender, mortality and contemporary approaches.

Artists h...

yinka shonibare MBE and stephan balkenhol in group exhibition ’in search of meaning’ at museum de fundatie, the netherlands

17 January 2015
In Search of Meaning investigates the significance of the human figure in a global context. The world altered dramatically toward the end of the twenty-first century, but the real turnaround had already occurred in the eighties. In 1989, the Berlin Wall fell and the communist utopia proved to be an unreachable dream. The Islamic Revolution broke out in Iran in 1979 but so...

yinka shonibare MBE in touring exhibition at morley gallery, UK

15 January 2015
Morley Gallery in London hosts the touring exhibition ‘House of the Flying Wheel' from Backlit Gallery in Nottingham. Curated by Matthew Chesney and John Harris, the exhibition explores the legacy of Samuel Morley, the nineteenth century English woollen manufacturer, through five contemporary artists. All working in different media, film, light, sculpture and installation, this engaging exhibition challenges a more conventional celebr...

yinka shonibare MBE and kehinde wiley in 'africa now - political patterns' at seoul museum, south korea

16 December 2014
Yinka Shonibare MBE and Kehinde Wiley are included in the group exhibition Africa Now which opens in December at Seoul Museum in Korea. Africa Now features over 20 artists whose practices serve as a meeting point for Africa's political situation and the semantics and aesthetics of traditional patterns. Being the first in Korea to introduce contemporary African art, it also sets out to represent post-colonial, diaspora, and non-Western art by presenting the current states of African art.

yinka shonibare MBE ‘wind sculpture’ in ‘public’ at art basel miami beach

4 December 2014
Yinka Shonibare MBE's 'Wind Sculpture' will be on display in the Public sector at Art Basel Miami Beach. The Public sector offers visitors a chance to see outdoor sculptures, interventions, and performances, sited within an open and public exhibition format at Collins Park. The sector has been produced in collaboration with the Bass Museum of Art since 2011.

At six metres high Shonibare's Wind Sculptures have a majest...

yinka shonibare MBE in group show ‘post pop: east meets west’ at saatchi gallery, london

26 November 2014
Yinka Shonibare MBE has work included in the Saatchi Gallery group exhibition celebrating and surveying Pop Art's legacy. Post Pop: East Meets West brings together 250 works by 110 artists from China, the Former Soviet Union, Taiwan, the UK and the USA to examine why of all the twentieth century's art movements, Pop Art has had such a powerful influence over artists from world regions that have had very di...

yinka shonibare MBE and david shrigley in group exhibition at nevada museum of art

27 September 2014
Yinka Shonibare MBE and David Shrigley are included in a group exhibition that explores the preconceptions of the place of animals in culture. 'Late Harvest' juxtaposes contemporary art made with taxidermy with historically significant wildlife paintings, resulting in intriguing parallels and startling aesthetic contrasts.

The exhibition includes ‘Revolution Kid (Fox)’ by Yinka Shonibare MBE and ‘Ostrich’ 2009 by ...

yinka shonibare MBE in 'ikon icon 1990s' at ikon gallery, birmingham

10 September 2014
Yinka Shonibare MBE is to be the 'Ikon Icon 1990s' at the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham. The series revisits exhibitions from the gallery programme over the last five decades, including John Salt, Ian Emes, Cornelia Parker and Julian Opie.

The presentation follows Shonibare's seminal 1999 exhibition at Ikon Gallery and will feature 'Five Under Garments and Much More'. The series is a major component of Ikon 50, the programme of exhib...

yinka shonibare MBE representing the national museum of african art in the smithsonian summer showdown

28 July 2014
The Smithsonian Summer Showdown is looking for the one item that says "SMITHSONIAN" like nothing else - and you get to decide the winner.

Each wing of the Smithsonian Institute has selected a piece that best represents that museum's respective interests and vision - and Chris Kreamer, Chief Curator and Deputy Director of the National Museum of African Art has chosen Black Gold I by Yinka Shonibare MB...

major site-specific installation by yinka shonibare MBE at newark museum, USA

26 July 2014
'Party Time: Re-imagine America' by gallery artist Yinka Shonibare MBE was originally created in 2009 in honor of the Newark Museum's Centennial. The major site-specific installation is now on view for the first time since its original installation - only for a limited time.

Party Time is set in the mahogany-paneled dining room of the Ballantine House, built in 1885 for the prominent Newark brewing family Jeannette and John ...

aliens in parliament: yinka shonibare MBE in country house kiel

3 July 2014

The Herbert Gerisch-Stiftung Foundation present works by Yinka Shonibare MBE in the Exhibition Hall of the Kiel Parliament. In the space, Shonibare has two of his ‘Alien Flying Machines’ which bear a striking resemblance to the fantastical 15th century drawings of ornithopters by Leonardo da Vinci. Alongside these is a unique ‘Alien Child’ sculpture and the ‘Alien Flag Drawings’ which consist of twenty four collages charting Australia’s hi...

yinka shonibare MBE in discussion at royal festival hall, london

30 June 2014
On Monday 30 June Yinka Shonibare MBE will be part of a discussion about the meaning of contemporary sculpture. Titled 'Human Factor: Body Politic' the talk will take place at Royal Festival Hall at London's Southbank Centre at 7pm. Also participating in the talk are artist John Miller, Artangel co-director James Lingwood and critic Martin Herbert.

The talk is to coincide with Hayward Gallery's group exhibition ‘The Human Factor' which b...

yinka shonibare MBE in ‘looking back’ photography exhibition at zeitz mocca, cape town

23 June 2014
LOOKING BACK presents works of three artists in the permanent collection of Zeitz MOCAA: Zanele Muholi, Andrew Putter and Yinka Shonibare MBE. This exhibition is situated in a purposed environment that suggests memories of both period and modernist interiors. Soundtracks by Zanele Muholi and Yinka Shonibare permeate the galleries. From both ends of the Zeitz MOCAA Pavilion we hear desperate cries of loss and lon...

yinka shonibare MBE wind sculptures installed at mca chicago plaza project, illinois, USA

16 June 2014
Yinka Shonibare MBE has three of his new Wind Sculptures installed at the MCA Chicago Plaza. Nearly 20 feet high, each sculpture captures the movement of a billowing bolt of fabric. Their design was inspired by the sails of ships whose patterns derived from Dutch wax fabrics. The artist chooses these iconic fabrics to exemplify how signs of national or ethnic identity are culturally constructed.

yinka shonibare MBE in royal summer academy of arts summer exhibition 2014

9 June 2014
Gallery artist Yinka Shonibare MBE features in this year's edition of the historic Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition. His inclusion follows on from his 2013 appointment as Royal Academician - you can read his Royal Academy profile here.

Everything you will see at the Summer Exhibition represents what is happening in the art world right now. New and recent art created by everyone from emerging artists to the biggest names i...

yinka shonibare MBE in group exhibition at the foundling museum, london

6 June 2014
Gallery artist Yinka Shonibare MBE has work included at Progress, a group show at The Foundling Museum in London to mark the 250th anniversary of the death of British painter William Hogarth.

Progress brings together for the first time three great contemporary responses to his eternally modern moral tale, A Rake's Progress. David Hockney's A Rake's Progress, 1961-3, Yinka Shonibare MBE's Diary of a Victorian Dandy, 1998, and Grays...

yinka shonibare MBE to give talk at royal academy of arts

2 June 2014
In this evening hosted by writer and broadcaster Patrick Wright, gallery artist Yinka Shonibare MBE RA shares some of his experiences of London.

Shonibare was born in London and moved to Lagos, Nigeria, aged three. Returning to London to study at Central St Martins and then Goldsmiths, Shonibare has since become one of Britain's most important artists. Working across a range of media, Shonibare's art explores issues of race, class and identity i...

yinka shonibare MBE major solo exhibition at blachere foundation, france

23 May 2014
This summer, Blachère Foundation present a major solo exhibition from gallery artist Yinka Shonibare MBE. The exhibition takes its title from Shonibare's 2009 work 'Egg Fight', which has recently become part of the Blachère Collection.

‘Egg Fight' is a provocative installation inspired by themes developed in Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726), referring specifically to lengthy battles between the fictitious empires of Lil...

yinka shonibare MBE in the house of the flying wheel at backlit gallery, nottingham

23 May 2014
Gallery artist Yinka Shonibare MBE is included in this group exhibition at Backlit Gallery in Nottingham, UK. The House of the Flying Wheel will also feature work by Julian Wild, Darren Banks, Mark Davey and Tracey McMaster.

Backlit is an independent art gallery and studios established in 2008 with the aim of providing affordable studio space for contemporary artists at different points in their careers. The venue suppo...

yinka shonibare MBE in 'wilde art' at centre culturel irlandais, paris, france

15 May 2014
Yinka Shonibare MBE will feature the video work ‘Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball)' 2004 in the international group exhibition 'Wilde Art' at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris. Other artists include Neil Bartlett, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Patrick Chambon, Ailbhe Greaney, Maggi Hambling, Seamus Harahan, McDermott & McGough, Brian O'Doherty, Hugh O'Donnell, Yinka Shonibare, Mark Wallinger, Ines et Eyal Weizman

yinka shonibare MBE in 'interchange junctions' at howick place, london, UK

10 May 2014
'Interchange Junctions' is a group exhibition of internationally established and emerging artists examining ideas of colonialism, post colonialism, slavery, cultural exchange and trade. The exhibition follows on from Yinka Shonibare's newly commissioned permanent Wind Sculpture, just off Howick Place, which has become an integral part of Victoria's identity as a vibrant new cultural quarter.

yinka shonibare MBE at the contemporary austin in texas

3 May 2014
In May 2014, The Contemporary Austin will present A Secret Affair: Selections from the Fuhrman Family Collection, an exhibition featuring work from the collection of Glenn and Amanda Fuhrman, including ‘Girl Girl Ballerina' 2007 by Yinka Shonibare MBE.

With this project, as part of its inaugural year, The Contemporary brings to Austin a group of works by exceptional artists not exhibited previously at the museum. Consisting primarily of sculpture, ...

yinka shonibare MBE commissioned for house 2014 festival in brighton, UK

3 May 2014
Yinka Shonibare MBE has been co-commissioned by HOUSE 2014 and Brighton Festival to produce a solo project for HOUSE 2014 Festival, a curated and commissioned visual arts festival in Brighton. The new site-specific installation explores the impact of immigration on all aspects of British culture and considers notions of territory and place, cultural identity, displacement and refuge.

yinka shonibare MBE solo exhibition 'cannonball paradise' at gerisch-stiftung, germany

27 April 2014
Yinka Shonibare MBE is in a major solo exhibition at the Herbert Gerisch Foundation in Neumünster, Germany. The exhibition titled Cannonball Paradise will be a comprehensive representation of the artist - including installations, photographs and videos. The exhibition continues the Foundation's exploration of artists of African origin, following on from their 2011 exhibition of Romuald Hazoumè.

Shonibare's ‘Wind Sc...

yinka shonibare MBE’s wind sculpture installed at howick place, london

7 April 2014
A striking, site-specific sculpture by internationally-renowned artist Yinka Shonibare MBE will be permanently installed by Westminster Council, as part of Howick Place in Victoria, London.

Doughty Hanson & Co Real Estate and Terrace Hill, the joint developers behind the new landmark building at 1-5 Howick Place, commissioned Wind Sculpture through art consultants HS Projects. It is expected to be installed in Wilcox Place this sp...

yinka shonibare MBE in knokke-heist international photo festival 2014, belgium

30 March 2014
From March to June 2014, the International Photo Festival Knokke-Heist in Belgium will focus on contemporary photography. The festival will include six exhibitions offering various perspectives, including that of gallery artist Yinka Shonibare MBE.

Shonibare will contribute to the festivals' s main exhibition, an outdoor show titled 'Haute Africa', in which international leading artists and photographers such as Martin Par...

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

21 March 2014
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.

yinka shonibare MBE in group show ‘ship to shore: art and the lure of the sea’

8 February 2014
Yinka Shonibare MBE is in group exhibition 'Ship to Shore: Art and the Lure of the Sea' at John Hansard Gallery and The Pavilion at SeaCity Museum in Southampton, UK. The exhibition features paintings, artists' films, photography, sculpture, prints and archival objects, evoking the vastness of oceans, the romance of sea travel and ship-to-shore communications. It is the first time that Southampton, a hub for transatl...

yinka shonibare MBE in group show at the museum of contemporary canadian art, toronto

8 February 2014
Yinka Shonibare MBE in group exhibition Misled by Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque at The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto, Canada.

The exhibition showcases a selection of works by contemporary artists that draw upon aspects of the historical Baroque: material excess, accumulation, bravado, theatricality and the construction of immersive, emotive environments. This presence of what could be c...

yinka shonibare MBE at the international biennial of contemporary of cartagena de indias, colombia

7 February 2014
Yinka Shonibare MBE will be at this year's International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena de Indias in Colombia. The exhibition focuses on contemporary art with international and national artists.

The Biennial is created with the idea of further enhancing Cartagena as a center for the arts by incorporating the visual arts along with the existing presence of music, literature, and film, and ot...

the barnes foundation presents yinka shonibare MBE: magic ladders

24 January 2014
The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, USA, presents 'Yinka Shonibare MBE: Magic Ladders' from January 24, 2014 through April 21, 2014. A British artist of Nigerian descent, Shonibare has exhibited extensively in the United States and Europe. His work alludes to European art and intellectual history and explores race, slavery, authenticity, and commerce. The works in the exhibition-approximately 15 sculptures, paintings, photographs, a...

yinka shonibare MBE in group exhibition at arts university bournemouth

5 December 2013
Continuing on from POTENTIAL ARCHITECTURE, TheGallery programme at University of Arts Bournemouth explores the wide-ranging practice of our Honorary Fellow Lucy Orta with Block Party: Contemporary Craft Inspired by the Art of the Tailor.

Internationally renowned her for her unique visual practice fusing fashion, art and architecture, the Crafts Council invited artist and curator Lucy Orta to select works which engage with patter...

yinka shonibare MBE solo exhibition at gdansk city gallery 2 & wroclaw contemporary museum, poland

29 November 2013
Yinka Shonibare MBE's solo exhibition 'Selected Works' will tour two venues in Poland from November 2013, Gdansk City Gallery 2 and Wroclaw Contemporary Museum.

The exhibitions features news and recent work, including the 'Fake Death' series, 'Addio Del Passato' and 'Revolution Kid (Fox Girl).

The exhibitions have been curated by Patrycja Rylko. A catalogue will be available.

Gdansk City Gallery 2 - ...

yinka shonibare MBE in conversation at national maritime museum, greenwich

28 November 2013
Gallery artist Yinka Shonibare MBE will be in conversation at Royal Museums Greenwich with Senior Curator Christine Riding as they discuss the artist's work and his attraction to the collection at the National Maritime Museum. The talk will explore Shonibare's new installations at Royal Museums Greenwich, starting with Nelson's Ship in a Bottle and how it gave birth to the other pieces on show.

The talk is part of a program...

yinka shonibare MBE guest of honour at bfami gala dinner & auction 2013

22 November 2013
British Friends of the Art Museums of Israel (BFAMI) announce Yinka Shonibare MBE as their Guest of Honour for this year's Gala Dinner & Auction. The event will take place on Tuesday 26 November 2013 at The Roundhouse, London (by invitation only).

BFAMI is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising funds to support educational programmes run by the Art Museums of Israel. These programmes share the rich artistic culture...

yinka shonibare MBE in 'education' at vogele kultur zentrum, pfaffikon, switzerland

17 November 2013
Yinka Shonibare MBE's 2003 sculpture 'Pedagogy Boy/Girl' will be exhibited in 'Education' at the Vögele Kultur Zentrum in Pfäffikon, Switzerland.

Education implicates the thought of lifelong learning. Nowadays education is omnipresent, occasionally controversial and a topic to be defined for the future over and over again. The question arises as to what education includes since there is no conclusive definition o...

yinka shonibare MBE with new work at frieze london sculpture park, regent's park, london, UK

17 October 2013
Located in the beautiful surroundings of the English Garden, The Sculpture Park is within a three-minute walk of Frieze London and this year will exhibit contemporary sculptures alongside historical pieces, with new works by both established and emerging artists represented by Frieze London and Frieze Masters exhibitors.

yinka shonibare MBE at miniartextil, international festival of contemporary art, lake como, italy

12 October 2013
Yinka Shonibare MBE will be a major name at this year's Miniartextil Como 2013, an International Festival of Contemporary Art in Lake Como, Italy. EROS is the theme of the 23rd edition of the Miniartextil art event, organised by the Cultural Arte & Arte Como which will open at Villa Olmo on 12 October 2013. The exhibition is unique in Europe and takes place annually to showcase contemporary textile art...

yinka shonibare MBE in group exhibition at saatchi gallery, london

9 October 2013
Yinka Shonibare MBE is to feature in an exhibition of Stormtrooper helmets titled 'Art Wars' at Saatchi Gallery, London. All participating artists have been issued with a Stormtrooper helmet cast from the original 1976 moulds by Andrew Ainsworth. Shonibare's work for this exhibition is called 'iPod invader' 2013. 'Art Wars' sees Ben Moore, founder of Art Below, team up with the Missing People Charity and Andrew Ainsworth, creator of ...

yinka shonibare MBE video in group exhibition at palace of arts, sao paolo

2 October 2013
Gallery artist Yinka Shonibare MBE is included in a group exhibition Archive Alive at Palace of Arts, University City, São Paulo, Brazil. The exhibition is organized by the director and curator of the Palace of Arts, Priscila Arantes and features 22 works of national and international artists, divided into multimedia installations, video projects, digital photography, among others. The exhibition looks at artists who appropri...

yinka shonibare MBE elected as a royal academician

2 October 2013
We are delighted to announce that gallery artist Yinka Shonibare MBE has been elected as a Royal Academician. Shonibare has been elected as a Member alongside fellow sculptors Neil Jeffries and Tim Shaw.

Yinka Shonibare studied at the Byam Shaw School of Art and Goldsmiths' College. Shonibare's West African heritage has been at the heart of his work since he started exhibiting in 1988, when he began using ‘Dutch-wax' dyed fabrics, commonly found in...

'yinka shonibare MBE: fabric-ation' touring to gl strand, copenhagen

21 September 2013
Yinka Shonibare MBE's hugely successful solo exhibition 'FABRIC-ATION', on show at Yorkshire Sculpture Park from February to September 2013, is touring to GL STRAND in Copenhagen. Now the Dan­ish public will have a chance to make the acquaintance of the artist's fascinating universe of headless soldiers and Victorian ballerinas in his first major solo show in Scandi­navia.

Over the past 15 years Yinka Shonibare MBE has created a...

'yinka shonibare MBE at greenwich', solo exhibition at royal museums greenwich, london

18 September 2013
The Royal Museums Greenwich's contemporary arts programme continues this autumn with a series of recent work by one of Britain's leading artists, Yinka Shonibare, MBE.

Following the acquisition of Nelson's Ship in a Bottle in 2012, they have invited Yinka Shonibare MBE to infiltrate Royal Museums Greenwich.

Dressed in his signature ‘Dutch wax' fabric, Shonibare's work interrogates origins, cultural exchange and...

yinka shonibare MBE in group exhibition 'victoriana: the art of revival' at guildhall art gallery, london

7 September 2013
Yinka Shonibare, MBE is to feature in the group exhibition ‘Victoriana: The Art of Revival' at the Guildhall Art Gallery in London.

From the macabre to the quaint, the sensational to the surreal, ‘Victoriana: The Art of Revival' is the first ever exhibition in the UK to offer a major examination of Victorian revivalism in all its forms.

Featuring graphic design, film, photography, ceramics, ta...

africa centre summer festival: curated by yinka shonibare MBE

3 August 2013
Yinka Shonibare MBE is the curator at this year's Africa Centre Summer Festival - a weekend of music, fashion, dance, food, performances and film in and around Covent Garden Piazza.

This is a charity event that is looking to raise funds for the Africa Centre's future cultural and business event programming. Performing artists include hip hop/soul singer Nneka, DJ Edu, the anchor for BBC 1xtra's "Destination Africa" radio show, and Wale Ojo...

yinka shonibare MBE in group exhibition at nasher museum of art, duke university

20 July 2013
Yinka Shonibare MBE features work alongside Susan Harbage Page and Pedro Lasch in a fascinating group exhibition at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, North Carolina, USA.

The important work 'Scramble for Africa'2013 by Yinka Shonibare MBE feature in this show. The complex sculptural tableu assembles 14 mannequins around a table with a map of Africa at its center. This installation reimagines the Berlin Confere...

yinka shonibare MBE video installation featured at biennale cuvée, organised by offenes kulturhaus, linz, austria

14 June 2013
A video installation by gallery artist Yinka Shonibare MBE is featured at Biennale Cuvée, organised by the Offenes Kulturhaus. OK Labor is showcasing a selection of artistic projects that featured at some of the world's key biennials in recent years at its current Biennale Cuvée exhibition. The title 'Cuvée' alludes to the particularly good mix that OK has put together from the global phenomenon of biennials.

yinka shonibare MBE in 'le pont', mac marseille's project for marseille-provence 2013 european capital of culture festival

25 May 2013
Yinka Shonibare MBE's 'Vacation' and 'Odile and Odette' feature in 'Le Pont', the musée d'art contemporain de Marseille's project for Marseille-Provence 2013 European Cultural of Culture festival.

The exhibition Le Pont aims to give visibility to artists from both sides of the Mediterranean Sea and beyond. At the same time, this show works as a journey through Marseilles, leading t...

yinka shonibare MBE in 'earth matters: land as material and metaphor in the arts of africa' at the smithsonian institute, national museum of african art, washington dc

22 April 2013
Gallery artist Yinka Shonibare MBE features in 'Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa' at the Smithsonian Institute, National Museum of African Art, Washington DC, USA, the first major exhibition and scholarly endeavor to examine comprehensively the rich relationship between African artists and the land upon which they live, work, and frame their days.

'yinka shonibare MBE - pop!' exhibition film now live

19 April 2013
Stephen Friedman Gallery is delighted to announce a video of Yinka Shonibare MBE's solo exhibition 'POP!' featuring a voice-over from gallery director Karon Hepburn.

This exhibition of new works focuses on the corruption, excess and debauchery that have in part led to the current economic crisis. With characteristic wit and critique, Yinka Shonibare MBE explores the contemporary worship of luxury goods and the behaviour of the banking industry whi...

podcast of yinka shonibare MBE in conversation with louisa buck at shoreditch house, london

19 April 2013
On 20 March 2013, we hosted an in conversation event with artist Yinka Shonibare MBE and leading contemporary art critic, Louisa Buck.

Held at Shoreditch House, London, the artist discussed his work and where he gets his inspiration from. This intimate ‘In Conversation' also looked at his current exhibition 'POP!' here at Stephen Friedman Gallery and 'FABRIC-ATION', the museum survey show on at Yorkshire Sculpt...

yinka shonibare MBE in touring group exhibition, 'out of fashion' at glholtegaard, denmark

5 April 2013
Yinka Shonibare MBE will be participating in a group exhibition 'Out of Fashion' that investigates the use of textiles in art and its importance as one of the oldest and most colorful materials in art history.

yinka shonibare, MBE in the group exhibition 'pivot points' at moca, north miami, USA

21 March 2013
Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to announce that the work of Yinka Shonibare, MBE is included in the exhibition 'Pivot Points: 15 Years and Counting' at MOCA, North Miami, USA. This ongoing exhibition marks MOCA's 15th Anniversary in its Joan Lehman Building with major donations to the museum collection. It will showcase these recent acquisitions and works by many of the artists who are part of MOCA's history.

yinka shonibare MBE in 'brilliant disguise: masks and other transformations' at new orleans museum of art and contemporary arts centre, louisiana, USA

7 March 2013
"Masks and disguise provide an excellent opportunity to think about how we define or ‘perform' who we are," said Miranda Lash, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at NOMA. "When a mask or disguise is worn, it signals a specific identity, communicated by appearance, cultural, spiritual, and familial history, and in some cases, layers and systems of secrecy. The objects presented in this exhibition are a combination of rarely seen treasures from the NOMA collection, and groundbreaking work by artists who take full advantage of the multivalent properties of disguise. When we cannot see an individual's everyday face or body, how does it change how we react to them? Can we have faith in the performer or the face behind the mask?"


yinka shonibare, MBE in major solo show 'fabric-ation' at yorkshire sculpture park, wakefield

2 March 2013
Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield is to exhibit the first major UK survey of works by Yinka Shonibare, MBE.
Taking place in three of Yorkshire Sculpture Park's indoor galleries and the open air, 'FABRIC-ATION' features over 30 vibrant works from the period 2002 - 2013 including sculpture, film, photography, painting and collage, with many works never before seen in the UK.

FABRIC-ATION is a unique opportun...

yinka shonibare, MBE in 'encounters' at the sheldon museum of art, nebraska

26 February 2013
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Sheldon Museum of Art's landmark Philip Johnson building and the 125th anniversary of the University of Nebraska's art collection, the museum has organized an exhibition showcasing its remarkable photography holdings, which number nearly 2,500 pieces. 'Encounters: Photography from the Sheldon Museum of Art' features approximately 110 historically canonic photographs from the mi...

yinka shonibare, MBE in group exhibition at the seattle museum of art

14 February 2013
Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to announce that Yinka Shonibare, MBE will be included in the exhibition 'Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London' at the Seattle Museum of Art.

Within the neoclassical Kenwood House at Hampstead Heath on the outskirts of London, resides a magnificent painting collection known as the Iveagh Bequest. Kenwood is home to an exceptional collection of Old Master p...

yinka shonibare, MBE solo exhibition at the modern art museum of fort worth, texas

13 January 2013
British/Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE explores colonialism and the intricate ways in which it has shaped, and continues to shape, cultural identities. He is well known for his life-size sculptural tableaux featuring staged, headless mannequins dressed in elaborate period garments. In these works, the materials and designs of the original clothing are replaced with batik, a colorful and ornately patterned fabric...

yinka shonibare MBE in 'revealed: government art collection' at birmingham museum, birmingham, UK

17 November 2012
'Revealed' brings together a diverse selection of nearly 200 works of art, ranging from the historical to the contemporary, which form part of the Government Art Collection. The exhibition will be the first time that these outstanding works, usually displayed in British Government buildings across the world, have been brought together. Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery has been chosen as the first venue outside London to display this intriguing exhibition. Yinka Shonibare, MBE's 'Nelson's Ship in a Bottle' macquette is featured.

yinka shonibare, MBE and kendell geers in 'the progress of love', a three-part transatlantic exhibition at the menil collection, the pulitzer foundation and cca, lagos

16 November 2012
In an unprecedented collaboration, arts institutions in three cities and on two continents will join together to explore the changing modes and meanings of love in today's global society, as seen by more than two dozen contemporary artists from Africa and a select few of their counterparts from Europe and America.

From October 2012 ...

yinka shonibare, MBE 'addio del passato' at scad museum of art, georgia, USA

27 October 2012
The SCAD Museum of Art presents "Addio del Passato," an exhibition of new works by artist Yinka Shonibare MBE. The exhibition will feature photographs from Shonibare's allegorical "Fake Death Pictures" series, sculptures, and the film "Addio Del Passato" ("So Closes My Sad Story") that collectively explore themes of desire, love, repression and power. These works weave together conceptual impressions of colonialism using a...

yinka shonibare, MBE in 'the desire for freedom. art in europe since 1945' at deutsches historisches museum, berlin

17 October 2012
An exhibition devoted to Art in Europe since 1945 needs to identify some common roots and unifying ideas. The ideological boundaries that were erected during the Cold War now look completely anachronistic. Instead, we can see more clearly than ever before that the values and ideals of society were, and are, firmly anchored in the Enlightenment, even if they were, and are, interpreted ...

yinka shonibare, MBE in group show 'happening to be' at ual

10 September 2012
Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to announce that the University of the Arts London (UAL) will launch the first exhibition by black alumni. Entitled ‘Happening to Be' this is the first ever exhibition showcasing the work of five distinguished artists, designers, and directors who ‘happen to be' black.
The exhibition aims to inspire students, staff and the general public by celebrating the artistic achievements of some of the Universit...

yinka shonibare, MBE curating 'deloitte ignite 2012' at the royal opera house, london

31 August 2012
This year's Deloitte Ignite at Royal Opera House. is curated by critically acclaimed artist, Yinka Shonibare, MBE, celebrated for works including Nelson's Ship in a Bottle, which he made for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, and a new commission for the Royal Opera House building. His vision for Deloitte Ignite 2012, Africa Weekend, is a celebration of traditional African and avant-garde arts and culture, expr...

yinka shonibare, MBE 'imagined as the truth' at the san diego museum of art

16 July 2012
The San Diego Museum of Art is presently a solo exhibition of work by Yinka Shonibare, MBE 'Imagined as the Truth'.

The power and whimsy inherent in Yinka Shonibare's work from the past two decades are as nuanced as the complex topics he investigates - namely those of colonialism and its lasting impacts. An argument with a professor at Goldsmith's College in the 1980s forced the artist to defend whether or not he should be mak...

yinka shonibare, MBE in group show at princeton university arts museum

14 July 2012
Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to announce that gallery artist, Yinka Shonibare, MBE, is included in the group exhibition Encounters: Conflict, Dialogue, Discovery at Princeton University Art Museum.

Assembled in this exhibition are artistic encounters drawn from the arts of Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Europe, spanning ancient to contemporary and including mediums from painting and sculpture to calligraphy, prints and draw...

yinka shonibare, MBE in 'luxe : mode d'emploi' at passage de retz, paris

11 July 2012
Yinka Shonibare, MBE is showing his work 'The Crowning' in 'Luxe : mode d'emploi', an exhibition curated by Nicolas Liucci-Goutnikov with Bernard Blistène, at Passage De Retz, Paris.

"THERE IS NOT ONLY MONEY IN LIFE. THERE IS ALSO FUR AND JEWELRY": had it been less long, this Elizabeth Taylor joke would probably have been an excellent title for the exhibition. In this time of financial crisis we should repeat loud and clear that ...

yinka shonibare, MBE's new commission for the exterior of the royal opera house, london

19 June 2012
The Royal Opera House has commissioned artist Yinka Shonibare, MBE to create a unique artwork to be displayed on the exterior of the Royal Opera House, overlooking Russell Street in Covent Garden. This new work, part of London 2012 Festival, will be unveiled in June 2012 and will remain in place for five years.

The Royal Opera House has had a long-term ambition to commission a high quality public work of art to dec...

yinka shonibare MBE in conversation with professor richard phillips at hayward gallery, london, UK

18 May 2012
On 17 June 2012 at 7.00pm, Yinka Shonibare MBE will be talking with Richard Phillips, Professor of Geography at the University of Sheffield, to explore the history of British sexual behaviour in the colonies and the role of sexuality in power relations during the time of the Empire: WHO'S F**KING WHO: SEX IN THE COLONIES.

yinka shonibare MBE in 'rococo-mania' at design museum, copenhagen, denmark

3 May 2012
With this exhibition, Designmuseum Danmark invites the audience to reflect on commonalities between the past and the present. The past is illustrated with select 18th-century items from the museum's permanent collection, while the present is represented by works created by four contemporary artists: the world-famous British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare, MBE and three Danish fashion designers, Nikoline Liv Andersen, Laura Baruël and Anne Damgaard.

permanent home secured for yinka shonibare MBE's 'nelson's ship in a bottle' at national maritime museum, greenwich, UK

23 April 2012

Thanks to the generosity of many individuals, a fundraising appeal launched by the Art Fund and the National Maritime Museum at the end of last year has successfully raised £362,500 to enable the National Maritime Museum to acquire and permanently display Nelson's Ship in a Bottle by Yinka Shonibare, MBE.

yinka shonibare MBE in crisis commission exhibition at somerset house, london, UK

14 March 2012
The Crisis Commission sees some of the most celebrated artists of our day unite to bring major new works to a spectacular exhibition and auction in Spring 2012. The landmark event will be a highlight of London's art scene, bringing together contemporary artists of the highest calibre who have rarely, if ever, exhibited together before.

jon snow lecture on yinka shonibare MBE's 'nelson's ship in a bottle' at city hall for the art fund

29 February 2012
The Art Fund requests the pleasure of your company at 'London's Living Room' in support of their campaign to help the National Maritime Museum acquire 'Nelson's Ship in a Bottle' by Yinka
Shonibare, MBE.

7.30 - 9.30 pm, Wednesday 29 February 2012
Drinks and Canapés

8.30 pm Talk by
Jon Snow
Mayor of London's Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group

‘London's Living Room'
Greater London Authority
Top Floor, City H...

yinka shonibare MBE in 'fairy tales, monsters, and the genetic imagination' at the frist centre for the visual arts, tennessee, USA

24 February 2012
'Fairy Tales, Monsters, and the Genetic Imagination' is an exhibition of works by contemporary artists who invent humanlike, animal, or hybrid creatures to symbolize life's mysteries, desires, and fears. Finding inspiration in sources ranging from Aesop's Fables to the products of genetic experimentation, the artists in the exhibition examine interactions between nature and humanity in the context of oral and written lore, psychology, ethics, and visions of the future in both science and science fiction.

'material matters': a panel discussion on yinka shonibare MBE's 'nelson's ship in a bottle' at british library for art fund, london, UK

15 February 2012
The artist behind Nelson's Ship in a Bottle has said his work is not about the representation of politics, but about the politics of representation - a challenge to established notions of ‘authenticity'. Join the Art Fund as a panel of experts debate the multi-layered nature of Shonibare's work, from the abstract symmetry of ‘Dutch Wax' fabric to the history of empire.


yinka shonibare MBE in 'cotton: global threads' at whitworth art gallery, manchester, UK

11 February 2012
Late winter and spring sees all the ground floor galleries at the Whitworth combining to tell a compelling story about the production, consumption and global trade in cotton. With exhibits ranging in date from the late Middle Ages to the present day, the exhibition takes in Lancashire and South Asia, the Americas and Africa and is the region's flagship exhibition outcome of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad programme Stories of the World.

yinka shonibare MBE 'six yards: guaranteed dutch design' at museum voor moderne kunst, arnhem, netherlands

29 January 2012
The exhibition Six Yards is a tribute to Vlisco textiles: over a hundred years old, born in Indonesia, designed in the Netherlands, loved in Africa, and desired in the West. These colourful fabrics make their way to fashion shows in Paris, the markets in Ghana, and galleries in London and New York. The exhibition Six Yards focuses on all the relevant angles, from their presence and meaning in the work of artist Yinka Shonibare, MBE to the stories in the oral tradition that have come from the fabrics.

yinka shonibare MBE in 'travelling light': works from the government art collection at whitechapel gallery, london, UK

16 December 2011
Yinka Shonibare, MBE's 'Nelson's Ship in a Bottle' maquette has been selected for the third in a series of five exhibitions featuring work from the Government Art Collection at the Whitechapel Gallery.

art fund and national maritime museum launch fundraising campaign for purchase of yinka shonibare MBE's fourth plinth commission

30 November 2011
The Art Fund and the National Maritime Museum today launched a public appeal to give Yinka Shonibare MBE's critically-acclaimed and much-loved commission for the Fourth Plinth Nelson's Ship in a Bottle a permanent home at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

yinka shonibare MBE in 'the future of the past' at caam, las palmas de gran canaria, spain

28 October 2011
This exhibition features recent works by Shonibare MBE alongside some samples of previous creations plus a new installation expressly created for this, his first solo exhibition in Spain. Through the conjunction of and the cross between Willy Loman, the legendary anti-hero of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, Dante's Inferno, the photographic recreation of Gustave Doré's etchings of Dante's work and references to the US multinationals Chrysler, General Motors and Ford, Shonibare suggest the illusory nature of the "American dream".

yinka shonibare MBE to conduct a talk at institute of international visual arts, london,

5 October 2011
On Wednesday 19 October at 6.30pm, Yinka Shonibare MBE, nominated for the Turner Prize in 2004, and showing work on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, talks about the history and cultural legacy of post-colonial Britain. (Venue: The Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, EC2A 3EA.) This is the second in new series of talks by guest speakers in the creative and cultural world.

yinka shonibare MBE at art parcours, basel, switzerland

23 May 2011
For this occasion, Shonibare has created hundreds of kites of different sizes and colors that will be hanging in trees along the river Rhine as if escaping towards the sky. The kites are fabricated with a distinctive Dutch wax cloth. Although originally produced in Europe, the patterns are Javanese and mostly associated with West Africa; thus the fabric speaks to a complex history of labor, commerce, and assumed cultural value. Flying above the river, the kites produce a highly poetic yet paradoxical scene. The kite, while seemingly a straightforward symbol of emancipation, is still tethered by delicate strings, as if suggesting the attachment to European grounds by invisible forces.

'climate shit drawing 1': a limited edition print by yinka shonibare MBE

12 May 2011
In celebration of his major mid-career retrospective at the MCA, Sydney, Australia which toured to the Brooklyn Museum, New York (26 June - 20 September 2009) and the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C. (11 November 2009 - 7 March 2010), Yinka Shonibare, MBE produced a special limited edition print, 'Climate Shit Drawing 1' 2008.

'i know something about love' at parasol unit, london, UK

9 March 2011
On 8 March 2011, Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art will preview a multimedia group exhibition devoted to works by Yang Fudong, Shirin Neshat, Christodoulos Panayiotou and Yinka Shonibare MBE. Each of these artists explores the theme of love in different times and cultures through the spectrum of their personal experience, observation and commentary. The exhibition title takes its cue from a 1960s song written by Bert Berns and performed by The Exciters, in which there is the recurring lyric, ‘I know something about love'.

yinka shonibare's 'love hurts' published as part of parasol unit's exhibition, 'i know something about love', london, UK

9 March 2011
'Love Hurts' is a lithographic and silk screen print in a small edition of 25, published by Parasol Unit on the occasion of their exhibition, 'I Know Something About Love'. Hand drawn line, Dutch wax fabric collage and 23-carat gold leaf elements are combined to lend a unique air to each print. Here, Shonibare quotes from William Blake to illustrate the trials and tribulations of love and romance.

yinka shonibare MBE in 'el futuro del pasado', alcala 31, madrid, spain

10 February 2011
The City of Madrid is organising a solo show of works by Yinka Shonibare, MBE at Alcada 31 in Madrid. The exhibition is curated by the academic and writer Octavio Zaya. It will examine in detail, recent works by the artist and will include a major new commission.

yinka shonibare MBE in 'aware: art, fashion, identity' at gsk contemporary, royal academy of arts, london, UK

2 December 2010
The third season of contemporary art at 6 Burlington Gardens examines how artists and designers use clothing as a mechanism to communicate and reveal elements of our identity. The exhibition contains work by 30 emerging as well as established international contemporary practitioners.

yinka shonibare MBE to participate in bp british art lecture at tate britain auditorium, tate britain, london, UK

17 November 2010
Yinka Shonibare uses a variety of forms to explore and make visible the cultural influences of colonialisation. He considers himself ‘truly bi-cultural' and strives to open up debate about the social, cultural and political issues that shape our histories and construct identity. His works challenge assumptions about representation by playfully blurring the boundaries between stereotypically Western ideas about ‘high' art and traditional categorisations of ‘African art.'

yinka shonibare MBE at byam shaw school of art's lathaby gallery, london, UK

15 November 2010
Central saint Martins is pleased to show ‘Egg Fight' by Yinka Shonibare MBE for the first time in London. ‘Egg Fight' commissioned by Dublin City Gallery - The Hugh Lane on the occasion of their first centenary, 2008; courtesy of the artist, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and James Cohan Gallery, New York.

yinka shonibare, MBE at house of voltaire

11 November 2010
Studio Voltaire presents 'House of Voltaire' a temporary shop selling a diverse selection of artists' works, limited editions and original pieces by leading contemporary artists including gallery artist Yinka Shonibare, MBE.

The perfect place for some early Christmas shopping!

11 November - 4 December 2010

Upstairs at Rupert Sanderson
19 Bruton Place, Mayfair W1, London

House of Voltaire is open
Mon - Sat 11am - 7pm / Sun 12 - 6pm

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yinka shonibare MBE at israel museum, london, UK

26 June 2010
The Israel Museum has commemorated the opening of its renovated campus with three special exhibitions curated by contemporary artists Zvi Goldstein, Susan Hiller and Yinka Shonibare, MBE. 'Yinka Shonibare: Earth, Wind, Fire and Water' is on view at the Israel Museum until 1 January 2011.

yinka shonibare MBE in 'nothing is forever' at south london gallery, london, UK

25 June 2010
Seamlessly integrating art and architecture, each work is destined to be embedded in the fabric of the buildings when painted over at the end of the show. 'Nothing is Forever' marks an important and transitional moment in the South London Gallery's history as the institution expands into a formerly derelict house and a new building incorporating the surviving walls of a former lecture theatre and library.

looking up...yinka shonibare at nouveau musee national de monaco

8 June 2010
Models, sculptures, photographs and videos: the works of Yinka Shonibare, MBE, will be an Ariadne's thread inviting the visitor to discover collections belonging to the artistic history of the Principality of Monaco, much of which has rarely or never been shown. Choosing Shonibare to start this new series entitled Looking up...TM was logical because the artist, through his work, makes western collective memory intelligible and helps reint...

yinka shonibare MBE in 'who knows tomorrow' at nationalgalerie berlin, berlin, germany

4 June 2010
During the summer, five internationally renowned artists of African descent are showing their art on the grounds of the Nationalgalerie Berlin. El Anatsui, Zarina Bhimji, António Ole, Yinka Shonibare, and Pascale Marthine Tayou have been invited to present themselves in the various, architecturally significant buildings in which the Nationalgalerie accommodates its large collections of art from the 19th to 21st century.

yinka shonibare MBE commissioned for the forth plinth, trafalgar square, london, UK

24 May 2010
The current commission for the Fourth Plinth is Nelson's Ship in a Bottle, by leading Anglo-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare. This was unveiled in Trafalgar Square on Monday 24 May 2010 and will displayed on the site until late 2011.