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Yinka Shonibare MBE on exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London

Yinka Shonibare MBE’s latest virtual reality artwork, Venus Presenting Helen to Paris (with Townley Venus), is showcased on the Royal Academy of Arts’ From Life exhibition in London (11 December – 11 March). Taking place across the Sackler Wing of Galleries and the Tennant Gallery, the exhibition examines what making art from life has meant to artists throughout history and how the practice is evolving as technology opens up new ways of creating and visualising artwork. Having previously experimented with virtual reality technology, Shonibare has created new artwork for the exhibition; a work that offers a three-dimensional rendering of a neo-classical painting, and features a cast of Venus dressed in the artist’s trademark batik fabric.

Yinka Shonibare MBE on museum exhibition in Texas

Odile and Odette by Shonibare MBE, which forms part of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s permanent collection, is featured on their group exhibition Figures from the Collection (9 December – 28 January). The exhibition offers various artists’ perspectives on people and their surroundings. The works’ subject matter ranges from autobiographical and inclusive of friends and acquaintances to historical or completely fictional. Within the context of the exhibition, Shonibare’s work explores the social constructs which inform the human condition by examining racial and cultural stereotypes through juxtaposing a white and a black ballerina dancing each other’s mirror image in what is traditionally a solo from Swan Lake.

Yinka Shonibare MBE at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

Work by Yinka Shonibare MBE is included on the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art’s latest permanent exhibition, titled Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa’s Arts (opening 4 November). The exhibition is the largest long-term presentation of the Museum’s permanent collection to date, and aims to represent the broadest possible range of Africa’s creative visual expressions, featuring over 300 artworks by over 30 named artists. Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa’s Arts is the museum’s first exhibition to offer broad thematic connections between works from across the spectrum of times, places, and media represented in the museum’s holdings.

Yinka Shonibare MBE on group exhibition in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Shonibare’s Butterfly Kid (Boy) II features on the Athr Gallery’s group exhibition, We Are Not Alone, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (17 October – 16 November). Organised by the British Council as part of its Contemporary Collective initiative to develop a new generation of curators from the Middle East, the exhibition is curated by six women from Saudi Arabia – Reem Aljalhami, Dalia Fatani, Raneen Bukhari, Maryam Bilal, Solafa Rawas and Thahab Alosaimi. The exhibition “explores shared feelings and anxieties, expressed through the familiar, the peculiar, the uncanny and the transcendental, with art acting as a medium to start conversations that matter to young people in Saudi Arabia and communities around the world,” explains Alosaimi.


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