Museum der Moderne Presents Yinka Shonibare's 'End of Empire' in Salzburg

Monday, May 24, 2021
Museum der Moderne Presents a Major Retrospective by Yinka Shonibare CBE Titled 'End of Empire' in Salzburg, Austria

Opened May 22, 2021 at the Museum der Moderne, 'End of Empire', is an exhibition by one of the most prominent and celebrated artist in the UK, Yinka Shonibare.

A major retrospective of Yinka Shonibare CBE's practice is on view at Museum of Salzburg, Austria. The exhibition coincides with the centennial of the Salzburg Festival. Curated by Thorsten Sadowsky and Marijana Schneider, the show presents around sixty works from the past three decades including major large-scale sculptures. 

One of the most prominent and versatile artists working in the UK today, Yinka Shonibare CBE (London, UK, 1962) makes work that scrutinizes the legacy of Western colonialism and its lingering traces. The British-Nigerian artist rose to renown with installations featuring headless life-sized figures in historic costumes tailored out of colorful batik-dyed fabrics. A self-described “postcolonial hybrid,” Shonibare zooms in on episodes from art and history, primarily from eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Europe, employing subversive creative strategies to visualize them in tragicomic scenes of human activity. Shonibare’s multimedia oeuvre probes constructions of race, class, and national and cultural identities through a sustained study of the historic interdependencies between Africa and Europe. The overview exhibition gathers ca. sixty works from the past thirty years.

Yinka Shonibare is laureate of the Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon Award 2021.

'End of Empire' is on view until September 12, 2021. 

 

Yinka Shonibare CBE, ‘End of Empire’ exhibition view, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, 2021, © Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, photo: Rainer Iglar.

Yinka Shonibare CBE, ‘End of Empire’ exhibition view, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, 2021, © Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, photo: Rainer Iglar.

Yinka Shonibare CBE, ‘End of Empire’ exhibition view, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, 2021, © Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, photo: Rainer Iglar.

Yinka Shonibare CBE, ‘Diary of a Victorian Dandy: 19.00 hours’, 1998, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, © Yinka Shonibare CBE, Courtesy of the artist, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and James Cohan Gallery, New York

Yinka Shonibare CBE, ‘End of Empire’ exhibition view, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, 2021, © Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, photo: Rainer Iglar.

Yinka Shonibare CBE, ‘Self Portrait (after Warhol) 5’, 2013, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, © Yinka Shonibare CBE, Courtesy of the artist, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and James Cohan Gallery, New York

Yinka Shonibare CBE, ‘End of Empire’ exhibition view, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, 2021, © Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, photo: Rainer Iglar.

Yinka Shonibare CBE, ‘End of Empire’ exhibition view, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, 2021, © Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, photo: Rainer Iglar.

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