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Glasgow International: Bodys Isek Kingelez

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Glasgow International: Bodys Isek Kingelez

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Glasgow International: Bodys Isek Kingelez

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Dates and times

Every day from 24th Apr 2020 until 21st Jun 2020 excluding 11th May 2020, 8th Jun 2020, 18th May 2020, 25th May 2020, 1st Jun 2020, 15th Jun 2020
12:00PM - 5:00PM

24 April - 10 May:
Mon – Fri 12-5pm | Sat & Sun 12 – 6pm

11 May – 21 June:
CLOSED Mondays
Tue – Fri 12-5pm | Sat & Sun 12 – 6pm

Based in then-Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo), Bodys Isek Kingelez (1948 – 2015) was a Congolese sculptor and visionary artist who created sculptures of imagined buildings and cityscapes that propose fantastical, utopian models for a more harmonious future society. Working in a period of socio-political shifts, Kingelez responded to an urgent need to transform urban reality. 

From the late 1970s until 1985 Kingelez worked as a self-taught art restorer at the Institut des Musées Nationaux du Zaïre, which gave him access to supplies and materials, and a base to refine his practice. He created works from a variety of everyday and found materials such as coloured paper, cardboard, plastic and tape, meticulously repurposed in order to radically rethink the world around him.

Shown for the first time in a UK solo exhibition, Kingelez’s ‘extreme maquettes’ are vibrant, ambitious and highly detailed sculptures. These inventive works raise questions around difficult issues of urban planning, economic inequity, nationhood and national identity – resonating profoundly within today’s contemporary societies – while remaining innately infused with potential.

Kingelez’s work was first included in the ground-breaking 1989 exhibition Magiciens de la terre at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and has most recently been exhibited in the first large-scale solo presentation of his work, City Dreams (2018-2019) at MoMA, New York. 


This exhibition is part of the Director’s Programme for Glasgow International, Scotland’s largest festival for contemporary art.

Supported by The Henry Moore Foundation


Image: Bodys Isek Kingelez, Kimbembele Ihunga (1992) Courtesy of The Museum of Everything

Venue

Tramway

Albert Drive, Glasgow, G41 2PE

Open tomorrow 9:30am - 8:00pm

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