From being displayed in spectacular locations around the world like Central Park in New York and Trafalgar Square in London, Yinka Shonibare’s wind sculptures and other monumental artworks have made it the shores of Cape Town.
The exhibition titled Trade Winds: Yinka Shonibare CBE is now showing at the Norval Foundation and features a series of the artist’s most important work that includes sculptures, photographs and a major installation all created between 2008 and 2018.
Shonibare’s iconic African Library is the most recent creation of his library series and is a must see. The library honours first or second-generation immigrants who have shaped a country’s social, political or cultural life.
It is made up of approximately 4,900 books, covered in Dutch Wax fabric, and emblazoned with the names of immigrants in gold on the spines of key books. The African Library includes a reading area where biographical details of these notable Africans can be accessed along with archival footage of leaders of African independence movements.
‘I am thrilled that Wind Sculpture (SG) III has been acquired by Norval Foundation, bringing visibility to my work in Africa.’
‘The principle of this acquisition will resonate far beyond the institution itself. I can’t tell you how proud I am,’ Shonibare said.
Catch this powerful exhibition by Yinka Shonibare which deals with the concepts of globalisation, identity and culture, as well as other art exhibitions at the Norval Foundation this month.