Yinka Shonibare MBE

Yinka Shonibare MBE, 'Addio del Passato', film still (2011). Courtesy: the Artist and James Cohen Gallery, and Stephen Friedman Gallery
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Shonibare was born 1962 in London and lives and works there. He moved to Lagos at the age of three and returned to London to study Fine Art at Byam Shaw School of Art (now Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design) and at Goldsmiths College, where he received his MFA, graduating as part of the ‘Young British Artists’ generation. Shonibare was a Turner prize nominee in 2004 and awarded the decoration of Member of the “Most Excellent Order of the British Empire”.



Childhood Memories, Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore

William Morris Family Album, The William Morris Gallery, London Rage of the Ballet Gods, James Cohen Gallery, New York, USA Colonial Arrangements, Morris-Jumel Mansion, New York, USA Pieces de Resistance, dhc-art, Montreal, Canada
Yinka Shonibare, Daegu Art Museum, South Korea

Egg Fight, Fondation Blachere, France
Cannonball Paradise, Herbert Gerisch Foundation, Neumünster, Germany
The British Library, HOUSE and Brighton Festival co-commission, The Old Reference Library, Brighton Museum, England
Yinka Shonibare MBE: Magic Ladders, The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Yinka Shonibare, Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy
Making Eden, Blain|Southern, Berlin, Germany Wroclaw Contemporary Museum, Wroclaw, Poland

Yinka Shonibare, MBE: Dreaming Rich, Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong, Shanghai
Yinka Shonibare MBE, Royal Museums Greenwich, London, England Selected Works, Gdansk City Gallery, Gdansk, Poland; travelling to Wroclaw Contemporary Museum, Wroclaw, Poland

FABRIC-ATION, GL Strand, Copenhagen, Denmark
FABRIC-ATION, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, UK
FOCUS: Yinka Shonibare, MBE, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, USA
POP!, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England
Dreaming Rich, Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong, China

Imagined as the Truth, San Diego Art Museum, San Diego, USA
Invasion, Escape: Aliens do it right!, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Addio del Passato, James Cohan Gallery, New York, USA

El Futuro del Pasado, Alcalá 31 Centros de Arte, Madrid, Spain, curated by Octavio Zaya; touring to Centro de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

Human Culture: Earth, Wind, Fire and Water, Israel Museum, Jerusalem Yinka Shonibare, MBE: Sculpture, Photography and Film, Western Michigan University, Michigan, USA
Looking Up, Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, Monaco
Yinka Shonibare MBE, Friedrichswerder Church, Berlin, Germany Before and After Modernism: Byam Shaw, Rex Vicat Cole, Yinka Shonibare, MBE, Lethaby Gallery, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London, England

Mother and Father Worked Hard So I Can Play, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY, USA; Travelling to the St Louis Art Museum, USA

Willy Loman: The Rise and Fall, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England
Party Time: Re-Imagine America – A Centennial Commission by Yinka Shonibare MBE, Newark Museum, 1 July – 3 January 2010
A Centenary Commission, 26 February – August 2009
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Ireland
A Flying Machine for every Man, Woman and Child & other Astonishing
Works, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California, USA
A Flying Machine for every Man, Woman and Child, Miami Art Museum, Miami, USA
Yinka Shonibare, MBE, Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Sydney, Australia; touring to Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA and National Museum of African Art Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C, USA

Odile and Odette, Savannah College of Art and Design, ACA Gallery, Atlanta, USA
Yinka Shonibare, MBE, Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Sydney, Australia; touring to Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA and the Smithsonian, Washington D.C., USA
Prospero’s Monsters, James Cohan Gallery, New York, USA

Scratch the Surface, National Gallery, London, England
Jardin d’Amour, Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, France
White Flag at Half Mast, commission for the Jubilee Flagpole, Hayward Gallery, South Bank Centre, London, England
Summer Show, New York Gallery, New York, USA

Yinka Shonibare Installation, Speed Museum, Kentucky, USA Flower Time, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England

Mobility, James Cohan Gallery, New York, USA
Yinka Shonibare Selects: Works from the Permanent Collection, Cooper- Hewitt, National
Design Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, New York, USA Collaborative film/dance project with the Royal Opera House and the Africa Centre, London, England

Turner Prize, Tate Britain, London
Yinka Shonibare, Double Dutch, Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; touring to Kunsthalle Vienna, Austria (catalogue)
Vasa, Commission for the opening of Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Yinka Shonibare, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Play with me, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

Double Dress, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel; toured to KIASMA, Helsinki, Finland; Studio Museum, Harlem, NY, USA and Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy

Christmas Tree Project, Tate Britain, London Britannia project, Tate Britain, London
Be-muse, The British School in Rome, Rome, Italy (catalogue) The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, USA (brochure) Camouflage, Johannesburg, South Africa (catalogue)

Stephen Friedman Gallery and 2nd Floor, 12 Dolland Street, London, England

Effective, defective, creative, permanent video installation, Wellcome Wing, Science Museum, London, England
Camden Arts Centre, London, England
Affectionate Men, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Diary of a Victorian Dandy Project, INIVA; toured to Castle Museum, Nottingham; Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle; Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, UK

Dressing Down, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; toured to Henie Onstad Art Centre, Norway;
Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland; Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield; Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno, Wales (catalogue)
Brent Sikkema, New York, USA

Diary of a Victorian Dandy, site-specific project on the London Underground, commissioned and produced by INIVA, London, England Alien Obsessives, Mum, Dad and the Kids, Tablet, the Tabernacle, London; toured to Norwich Art Gallery, Norwich, UK

Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England
Present Tense, contemporary project series, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada

Sun, Sea and Sand, BAC Gallery, London, England

Double Dutch, Centre 181 Gallery, London, England

Byam Shaw Gallery, London, England Bedford Hill Gallery, London, England


Self: Image and Identity, Turner Contemporary, Kent, UK
The House for the Flying Wheel, Morley Gallery, London, UK
In Search of Meaning; the Human Figure in Global Perspective, Museum De Fundatie, Zwolle, Netherlands
Venturing Out of the Heart of Darkness, at Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s-1990s, the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
Africans Africa: Contemporary African Art, Museu Afro, Brazil
The Worlds Turned Upside Down, BPS 22, Charleroi, Belgium
Life is this MUSAC Off, DA2, Salamanca, Spain
Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design, Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain

2014 – 2015
The Global Africa Project-Political Patterns, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea
Post Pop: East Meets West at Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Temporary Contemporary, Bass Museum of Art, Miami, Florida, USA

Study from the Human Body, Stephen Friedman, Gallery, London, England
Misled by Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque, The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Canada
Ship to Shore, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, UK
The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Hell, Purgatory revisited by Contemporary African Artists, curated by Simon Njami, Frankfurt MMK, Frankfurt, Germany; travels to Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington, USA; Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; Correo Venezia, Venice; Hayward Gallery, London, England
Fabric as Material and Concept in Modern Art from Klimt to the Present, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Germany

Education, Vögele Kultur Zentrum, Pfäffikon, Switzerland
Block Party: Contemporary Craft Inspired by the Art of the Tailor, AUB, Bournemouth, England
Living Archive, Paco Das Artes, Sao Paulo, Brasil
Bienniale Cuvee, Offenes Kulturhaus, Linz, Austria
Out of Fashion, glHoltegaard, Holte, Denmark; travelling to Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg, Aalborg, Denmark
Pivot Points: 15 Years & Counting: 15th Anniversary Collection, MOCA, North Miami, USA
Brilliant Disguise: Masks and Other Transformations, Contemporary Art Centre, Louisiana, USA
Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa, Smithsonian Institute, National Museum of African Art, Washington DC, USA
Encounters: Photography from the Sheldon Museum of Art, Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
Le Pont, Musée d’Art Contemporain, project for Marseille-Provence 2013 European Capital of Culture
Pedro Lasch, Susan Harbage Page and Yinka Shonibare, Nasher, Museum of Art at Duke University, North Carolina, USA
Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, USA
Victoriana: The Art of Revival, Guildhall Art Gallery, London, England Kunst & Textile, Kunstmuseum, Wolfsburg, Germany

The Progress of Love, Center for Contemporary Art, Lagos, Nigeria; touring to The Menil Collection, Texas, USA; The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
The Desire for Freedom: Art in Europe since 1945, Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin, Berlin, Germany

‘The Desire for Freedom: Art in Europe since 1945,’ German Historical Museum, Berlin
‘Migrations: Journeys into British Art,’ Tate Britain, London
Six Yards, Guaranteed Real Dutch Wax Exhibition,’ Museum of Modern Art, Arnheim

‘I Know Something About Love,’ Parasol Unit, London
‘Sympathy for the Devil,’ Vanhaerents Art Collection, Brussels

‘Contemplating the Void,’ Guggenheim Museum, New York

‘Unbounded: New Art for a New Century,’ Newark Museum, New Jersey
‘Third Moscow Bienniale of Contemporary Art,’ The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow

‘Nos,’ Museu de republica, Rio de Janeiro
‘The Essential Art of African Textiles: Design Without End, Metropolitan Museum of Art,’ New York

‘Tomorrow Now: When Design Meets Science Fiction,’ MUDAM, Luxembourg

‘Contemporary Commonwealth,’ The Ian Potter Centre, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
‘Around The World In Eighty Days,’ Institute of Contemporary Arts and South London Gallery

‘Fashination,’ Moderna Museet, Stockholm

‘African Voices,’ New Museum of World Cultures, Gothenburg

‘Love over Gold,’ Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow

‘Attitude 2002,’ Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto

‘Give and Take’, Serpentine Gallery and Victoria & Albert Museum, London