Yinka Shonibare MBE at Greenwich
- National Maritime Museum
- The grounds
- Royal Observatory Greenwich
- Flamsteed House
- The Queen's House
- Young people
Following the acquisition of Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle in 2012, we have invited Yinka Shonibare MBE to infiltrate Royal Museums Greenwich.
Dressed in his signature ‘Dutch wax’ fabric, Shonibare’s work interrogates origins, cultural exchange and authenticity. Always playful, often irreverent, Shonibare pokes fun at the establishment by giving an unexpected twist to familiar stories. The vibrant pieces on show at Greenwich will encourage us to look at our collections with fresh eyes, and ask different questions about our maritime and stargazing past. They explore trade and empire, commemoration and national identity, themes that are central to both Shonibare’s work and the Museum’s collections.
Among them, a new work conceived specifically for the Royal Observatory Greenwich will inhabit the Astronomer Royal Apartments in Flamsteed House*. In the parlours of the Queen’s House Nelson and his wife, Fanny, will re-enact their emotional divide. Outside Inigo Jones’ magnificent building, a gravity-defying outdoor sculpture will evoke the billowing sails of historical ships as it captures the wind for a moment in time.
*Please note: charges apply for entrance to Flamsteed House, Royal Observatory. Entrance to the Queen's House and its grounds is free.
• Wind Sculpture: Courtesy of the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and James Cohan Gallery, New York. Commissioned by Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield.
• All other images: Courtesy of the artist and James Cohan Gallery, New York/Shanghai.
• Main banner image: detail of Nelson’s Jacket, by Yinka Shonibare MBE, 2011.