A FIRST FOR AFRICA | Yinka Shonibare acquisition by the Norval Foundation | Art Basel

Goodman Gallery is pleased to announce that the Norval Foundation (South Africa’s newest art museum, based in Cape Town) has made a permanent acquisition of Yinka Shonibare‘s Wind Sculpture (SG) II  a first for the African continent

The sculpture will be unveiled in February 2019, increasing the British-Nigerian artist’s visibility on the continent where he was born, and facilitating global dialogues with his singular practice.

Yinka Shonibare MBE, wind Sculpture (SG), 2018

‘I am thrilled that Wind Sculpture (SG) II has been acquired by the Norval foundation bringing visibility to my work in Africa’, says Shonibare. ‘The principle of this acquisition will resonate far beyond the institution itself. I can’t tell you how proud I am’.

‘It is very exciting for one of the only public sculpture parks in South Africa to be investing in this important artist from the Diaspora and bring his work back home, as it were. We are thrilled to have the Norval Foundation join the art community and offer something so necessary and unique. The fact that Norval are to be funding the production of major sculptures and installations – in addition to acquiring a permanent collection of sculptures – indicates a dedication to African art that deserves recognition’ – Liza Essers (Goodman Gallery owner and director).

General of Tivoli (2018) is a new sculpture by Yinka Shonibare which prefigures the artist’s highly anticipated exhibition with Goodman Gallery this September, titled Ruins Decorated – his first solo show on the continent in over fifteen years.

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Yinka Shonibare MBE, General of Tivoli, 2018


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