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Kehinde Wiley, “Sleep (Jean-Bernard Restout),” 2022, oil on canvas, 302.2 x 205.7 cm, © Kehinde Wiley.
Kehinde Wiley, “The Wounded Achilles (Fillippo Albacini),” oil on Canvas, 273.7 X 184.5cm, © Kehinde Wiley.
Portrait of Kehinde Wiley, courtesy of the artist.
Venice, San Giorgio Maggiore

Kehinde Wiley: Archaeology of Silence

April 22, 2022 - July 24, 2022

Fondazione Giorgio Cini presents “Archaeology of Silence,” an exhibition of new works by Kehinde Wiley, coinciding with the 59th Venice Biennale. The show, curated by Christophe Leribault, features a collection of recent and monumental paintings and sculptures portraying a series of prone Black bodies, using the language of the fallen hero—notably, Holbein’s Dead Christ in the Tomb—to lay bare the brutality of American and global colonial pasts. That, in Wiley’s words, is the archaeology he is unearthing: “The spectre of police violence and state control over the bodies of young Black and Brown people all over the world.” The poses of the vulnerable, borrowed from the annals of Western European art history, also speak to their resilience, functioning as monuments to endurance in the face of savagery, an endurance to the degree of iconography and sainthood.

The show, on view from April 23 to July 24, poignantly speaks to a vibrant career portraying African-American and African-Diasporic figures, challenging and subverting European and American art-historical narratives in the mediums of painting, sculpture, and video.

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Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy
Apr 22 - Jul 24
Fondazione Giorgio Cini
Kehinde Wiley: Archaeology of Silence

Exhibitions

Venice, Castello |Exhibitions

Vladimir Nikolic: Walking with Water, Serbia Pavilion

The Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Serbia presents Walking with Water, a solo exhibition of Vladimir Nikolic at the Serbia Pavilion.

Invitation of the Soft Machine and Her Angry Body Parts, Austria Pavilion

Jakob Lena Knebl and Ashley Hans Scheirl will represent the Austria Pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale.

Maria Eichhorn: Relocating a Structure, Germany Pavilion

Artist Maria Eichhorn represents the Germany Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia through November 27.

Arcangelo Sassolino, Giuseppe Schembri Bonaci, Brian Schembri: Cunning diplomacy, Malta Pavilion

Artists Arcangelo Sassolino, Giuseppe Schembri Bonaci and Brian Schembri represent​ the Malta Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia through November 27.

Sonia Boyce: Feeling Her Way, Great Britain Pavilion

Artist Sonia Boyce represents the Great Britain Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia through November 27.

Acaye Kerunen and Collin Sekajugo: Radiance – They Dream in Time, Uganda Pavilion 

Artists Acaye Kerunen and Collin Sekajugo represent Uganda’s inaugural pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia through November 27.

Zineb Sedira: Dreams have no titles, France Pavilion

Artist Zineb Sedira represents France at the 59th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia through November 27.

Rachel Lee Hovnanian: Angels Listening

CSDCA presents "Angels Listening," an intimate and immersive exhibition of the works of Rachel Lee Hovnanian curated by Annalisa Bugliani.

Malgorzata Mirga-Tas: Re-enchanting the world, Poland Pavilion

For the first time in the over-120-year history of the Venice Biennale, a Roma artist, Małgorzata Mirga-Tas, is representing a national pavilion.

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