A spectacular display of work by one of Britain’s leading contemporary artists, Yinka Shonibare MBE. Always playful, often irreverent, Shonibare pokes fun at the establishment by giving an unexpected twist to familiar stories.
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Exhibition dates: 18 September 2013 - 23 February 2014.
Following our acquisition of Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle in 2012, we invited Yinka Shonibare MBE to infiltrate Royal Museums Greenwich in 2013.
The vibrant pieces on show at Greenwich encouraged us to look at our collections with fresh eyes, and to ask different questions about our maritime and stargazing past. They explored 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 inhabited the Astronomer Royal Apartments in Flamsteed House. In the parlours of the Queen’s House Nelson and his wife, Fanny, re-enacted their emotional divide. Outside Inigo Jones’ magnificent building, a gravity-defying outdoor sculpture evoked the billowing sails of historical ships as it captured the wind for a moment in time.
All images courtesy of the artist and James Cohan Gallery, New York/Shanghai.
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