September 19, 2008 - Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) - Yinka Shonibare MBE
September 19, 2008

Yinka Shonibare MBE

Yinka Shonibare, MBE
The Swing (after Fragonard) (detail) 2001
mixed media Tate. Purchased 2001
Image courtesy of the artist, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and James Cohan Gallery, New York
Copyright the artist.Photo: Ahlburg Keate Photography

Yinka Shonibare MBE
24 September 2008 – 1 February 2009
West Circular Quay, Sydney, Australia

The Museum of Contemporary (MCA), Sydney announces a major mid-career survey of works by British-born Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE.

Yinka Shonibare MBE works across diverse media to explore ideas about African contemporary identity and the legacy of European colonialism in the present. Shonibare’s art considers social class and aesthetics, and is characterised by the use of recurring visual symbols such as Dutch wax fabric. This exhibition presents twelve years of the artist’s career, encompassing painting, sculpture, large-scale mixed media installations, photography and film. It is curated by MCA Senior Curator Rachel Kent who has worked closely with the artist on its realisation.

Yinka Shonibare MBE is accompanied by a 224 page monograph by Prestel Publishing. It features major essays by Rachel Kent and American art historian Dr Robert Hobbs; a comprehensive interview between the artist and Dr Anthony Downey, London; reproductions of exhibited and contextual works; and biographical information on the artist.

Yinka Shonibare MBE is on display at the MCA from 24 September 2008 until 1 February 2009. It will then tour to the Brooklyn Museum, New York from 26 June – 20 September 2009; and the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. from 11 November 2009 – 7 March 2010.

Exhibition dates: 24 September 2008 until 1 February 2009
Exhibition cost: Free entry

About the MCA: The Museum of Contemporary Art is Australia’s only museum dedicated to collecting and exhibiting the work of contemporary artists. Located on Sydney’s iconic Circular Quay in a striking architectural building, the MCA presents a dynamic program of exhibitions and events that explores the latest international and Australian contemporary art. Visitors can engage with artists and their ideas through a diverse range of events, including artist talks, live performances, lectures, workshops and youth programs. The internationally respected and locally loved institution is an intrinsic part of Australia’s cultural fabric.

Contact information:
Museum of Contemporary Art
West Circular Quay, Sydney, Australia
+61 2 9245 2400

Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)
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