- Abdoulaye Konaté Solo Exhibition 'The Diffusion of Infinite Things'
STANDING PINE is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Abdoulaye Konaté from Saturday 6th March to Saturday 10thApril for the first time in Japan. He was born in 1953 in Dire, Mali and currently lives and works in Bamako, Mali. He first studied painting at the Institut National des Arts in Bamako and then at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, Cuba, where he lived for several years before returning to Mali. He has created works by textile with various colours and motifs which are figurative, abstract or a combination of both, based on the African tradition and culture and they refer to political, social and environmental issues that he has been interested in. He has been renowned as one of the most important artists in the African contemporary art scene. He has participated in different Biennials including Venice Biennale (Venice, Italy), Documenta (Kassel, Germany), and Dak’art Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain (Dakar, Senegal). His works has been shown at many prestigious international cultural institutions such as Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, US), Smithsonian Museum (Washington, US), Centre Pompidou (Paris, France), Mori Art Museum (Tokyo, Japan), Arken Museum for Moderne Kunst (Copenhagen, Denmark) and Afrika Museum (Berg en Dal, Netherlands) and are present in many major public and private collections all over the world. In 2020, he joined a group exhibition “Global(e) Resistance” at Centre Pompidou, Paris and he presented his monumental and site-specific installation, four story high textile piece, adorns the museum’s interior wall in the BMW Atrium at Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town and has achieved lots of attention in the global art scene. This exhibition features his recent pieces, dated from 2018 till 2020, and one historical piece: Les boutons d’amour, dated 2005.