Kehinde Wiley: Ship of Fools The Levinsky Gallery, The Box, Plymouth, UK

Kehinde Wiley: Ship of Fools

The Levinsky Gallery, The Box, Plymouth, UK
29 September 2020 - 24 January 2021
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Overview

For its inaugural exhibition, The Box presents 'Kehinde Wiley: Ship of Fools'. The show includes the three-channel digital film projection 'Narrenschiff (Ship of Fools)', which joined the museum's collection in 2018 thanks to the Contemporary Art Society Collections Fund at Frieze. 

 

Kehinde Wiley's 'Narrenchiff (Ship of Fools)' is a portrait of a group of Black men at sea, struggling to reach the land – a metaphor for both historical and contemporary histories of migration. The film features an original score by composer Maxim Budnick and is narrated by acclaimed actress CCH Pounder . The work is titled after a 15th Century book in The Box's Cottonian Collection by German theologian Sebastian Brant, which will also be on display. This book satirized politicians, clerics and other well-known or influential people and was a huge success at the time, narrating the story of a crew lost at sea.⁠ The exhibition also includes a selection of works that demonstrate the breadth and diversity of Wiley's practice. The artist's large-scale painting 'Ship of Fools', 2017 which is part of the same body of works as 'Narrenschiff', is on loan from Royal Museums Greenwich, London. Also featured in the exhibition is 'Alexander Cassatt', a painting of...

Kehinde Wiley's 'Narrenchiff (Ship of Fools)' is a portrait of a group of Black men at sea, struggling to reach the land – a metaphor for both historical and contemporary histories of migration. The film features an original score by composer Maxim Budnick and is narrated by acclaimed actress CCH Pounder. The work is titled after a 15th Century book in The Box's Cottonian Collection by German theologian Sebastian Brant, which will also be on display. This book satirized politicians, clerics and other well-known or influential people and was a huge success at the time, narrating the story of a crew lost at sea.⁠

The exhibition also includes a selection of works that demonstrate the breadth and diversity of Wiley's practice. The artist's large-scale painting 'Ship of Fools', 2017 which is part of the same body of works as 'Narrenschiff', is on loan from Royal Museums Greenwich, London. Also featured in the exhibition is 'Alexander Cassatt', a painting of the same year which portrays the seventh president of the Pennsylvania Railroad between 1899-1906 in the form of a Black man who the artist met through a process of street-casting in Brooklyn. A bronze bust made by the artist in 2015 is also included in the exhibition, depicting American rapper Kanye West.⁠


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For its inaugural exhibition, The Box presents 'Kehinde Wiley: Ship of Fools'. The show includes the three-channel digital film projection 'Narrenschiff (Ship of Fools)', which joined the museum's collection in 2018 thanks to the Contemporary Art Society Collections Fund at Frieze. 

 

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The Box
Tavistock Place
Plymouth
PL4 8AX

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