Dates and times
24 April - 10 May:
Mon – Fri 12-5pm | Sat & Sun 12 – 6pm
11 May – 21 June:
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