Exhibitions at The Burton art gallery.

Exhibition by Turner Prize nominee Yinka Shonibare CBE comes to The Burton at Bideford.

Yinka Shonibare CBE: Modern Spiritual

15 June – 10 August 2024 | FREE entry

A new exhibition by the British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare CBE opens this month at The Burton at Bideford art gallery & museum.

Yinka Shonibare CBE was born in London in 1962 and moved to Nigeria aged three, before returning to London to study Fine Art. His interdisciplinary practice incorporates painting, sculpture, prints, photography and film.

Through examining race, class and the construction of cultural identity, his work comments on the tangled interrelationship between Africa and Europe, and their respective economic and political histories.

This exhibition of woodblock prints and hand-painted sculptures of African ritual artefacts showcases Yinka Shonibare CBE’s evolving printmaking practice over the past several years.

Modern Spiritual is also the title of Shonibare’s 2023 series of woodblock prints which explore the influence of African culture within western modernism. He depicts ritual masks and relics discovered in the collections of prominent modernist artists, including Picasso, Derain and Modigliani.

The show includes further woodblock prints featuring symbols of the wealth and excess of imperial Europe, the motif of the all-American cowboy and an interpretation of the Mayflower ship which brought English migrants to North America in the seventeenth century.

African Roots of Modernism, 2023, a series of small sculptures of African masks, have each been hand painted with Dutch wax batik patterns. By incorporating his signature batik patterns in print and sculpture, the artist acknowledges the legacy of African aesthetics within the history of modernism while conceptualising his artworks as ritual objects with power in their own right.

Shonibare was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2004, and his first public art commission was displayed on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square in 2010. His works are in notable museum collections throughout the world.

The exhibition coincides with a solo exhibition of his work at Serpentine South Gallery in London. He is also one of the eight artists selected for the Nigerian Pavilion at the 2024 Venice Biennale.

The exhibition is open daily from 15 June and runs until 10 August. Entrance is free.

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Pop Art & Pottery exhibition brings colourful collection of ceramics to North Devon.

New exhibition of Pop Art ceramics opens this month at The Burton at Bideford

15June – 11 August 2024 | FREE entry

A new exhibition of Pop Art ceramics featuring a host of internationally renowned artists opens at The Burton at Bideford on 15 June.

Pop Art & Pottery presents a kaleidoscope of work by key artists from around the world, including Eduardo Paolozzi, Patrick Caulfield, Keith Haring and Sister Mary Corita Kent.

From special edition dinner sets to vases, plates and mugs, this exhibition features items from private collections never before displayed in public.

Curated by independent curator Nick Duxbury and The Burton at Bideford, this fun, contemporary and colourful collection brings conversations around Pop Art into the 21st century. It includes work by contemporary ceramic artists who use everyday objects as their canvas for pop culture references and who reproduce the mass-produced as unique, fragile objects.

Everyone is welcome at the Private View on Friday 14 June, 7–9pm, to hear more about the exhibits from Nick Duxbury, and learn about The Burton’s wider role in celebrating ceramics

The exhibition is open daily from 15 June and runs until 11 August. Entrance is free.


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