Abdoulaye Konaté

Works

 

Work by Abdoulaye Konaté (b. 1953 Diré, Mali) primarily takes the form of textile-based installations that explore socio-political and environmental issues, as well as showcasing his aesthetic concerns and formal language. Konaté questions the way in which societies and individuals, both in Mali and beyond, have been affected by factors such as war, the struggle for power, religion, globalisation, ecological shifts and the AIDS epidemic. Employing material native to Mali, namely woven and dyed cloths, the artist creates large-scale abstract and figurative compositions. Konaté refers to the West-African tradition of using textiles as a means of commemoration and communication, balancing global political and social reflections with a reference to his own local and cultural history.

Konaté first studied painting at the Institut National des Arts in Bamako and then at the Instituto Superior des Arte, Havana, Cuba, where he lived for seven years before returning to Mali. In 2008, he was nominated for the Artes Mundi 3 prize, Cardiff. He has received several awards, including the prestigious Officier de l'Ordre National du Mali (2009) as well as the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de France (2002) and the Léopold Sédar Senghor Prize at the Dak’Art Biennale in Dakar (1996).

Konaté’s work has featured in numerous international exhibitions. Major group shows include Pulling at Threads, Norval Foundation, SA (2018); Mobile Worlds or The Museum of our Transcultural Present, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, DE (2018); The Summer Show, Royal Academy of Arts (RA), London, UK (2017); L'Afrique en capitale, Musée Mohammed VI d'Art moderne et contemporain, Rabat, MA (2017); Eva International biennale in Limerick, IE (2016); ART_TEXTILES, The Whitworth, The University of Manchester, UK (2015); Streamlines: Metaphorical and Geopolitical Interpretations of the Oceans at Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, DE (2015); The Divine Comedy, Heaven, Hell, Purgatory revisited by Contemporary African Artists at the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, DE (2014), SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia, US (2014-2015), and National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, US (2015). Recent solo exhibitions include a retrospective at Arken Museum for Moderne Kunst, DK (2016) and Symphonie en couleur at Blain|Southern London, UK (2016).

Abdoulaye Konaté has been selected to participate in the 13th Havana Biennial in 2019 and previously participated in Viva Arte Viva, the central exhibition in the 2017 edition of La Biennale di Venezia, curated by Christine Macel, chief curator of the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The artist lives and works in Bamako, Mali and he is the Founding General Director of the Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers Multimédia Balla Fasseké Kouyaté in Bamako.

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1953, Born in Diré, ML
Lives and works in Bamako, ML

AWARDS

2018
Knight of the National Order of the Lion of Senegal, SN

2009
Officer of the National Order of Mali, ML

2008
Prix Passeport – Créateurs sans Frontières, FR

2002
Knight of the National Order of Mali, ML
Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters of the French Republic, FR

1996
Léopold Sédar Senghor Prize, Dak'Art Biennale, Dakar, SN

1986
Mention of the Conference of University Scientific Studies of the Higher Institute of Arts of Havana, CU

1985
First National Prize for painting in the Salon 13 de Marzo of the University of Havana on the occasion of the Cuban Culture Week, CU

1982
Mention of the Conference of University Scientific Studies of the Higher Institute of Arts of Havana, CU

1976
First Prize Lions Club International, Bamako, ML
Gold Painting Diploma, Local Artistic Week of Ségou, ML


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019
Couleurs d'âme, Blain|Southern New York, US (forthcoming)

2018
Textile in Art, The Red Door Gallery, Lagos, NG

2017
Etoffe des songes, Galerie 38, Casablanca, MA; Espace Expressions CDG, Rabat, MA

2016
Abdoulaye Konaté, Primae Noctis Art Gallery, Lugano, CH
Abdoulaye Konaté: Symphonie en couleur, Blain|Southern London, UK
Abdoulaye Konaté, Arken Museum for Moderne Kunst, Copenhagen, DK

2015
Abdoulaye Konaté, Useful Dreams, Blain|Southern Berlin, DE
Abdoulaye Konaté, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, IT

2013
Abdoulaye Konaté, The World in Textile, Afrika Museum, Berg en Dal, NL
Abdoulaye Konaté, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, IT

2012
Abdoulaye Konaté, ESADHar - L'Ecole Supérieure d'Art & Design, Le Havre, FR
Abdoulaye Konaté, Fondation Festival sur le Niger Ségou, ML
Abdoulaye Konaté, Tentures Teintures, Maison Revue Noire, Paris, FR
Abdoulaye Konaté, Project Window, InIVA, Rivington Place, London, UK

2011
La toile de Abdoulaye Konaté, Galerie Nationale de Dakar, SN

2010
Abdoulaye Konaté – Exposition rétrospective, Biennale de Dakar, SN

2009
Abdoulaye Konaté, Le temps de la danse, Galerie Saro Leon, Las Palmas, ES
Abdoulaye Konaté: Textile, Forum für Kunst, Heidelberg, DE

1992
Abdoulaye Konaté, Musée National du Mali, Bamako, ML
Abdoulaye Konaté, Musée de I’IFAN, Dakar, SN


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019
Hier est la mémoire d'aujourd'hui at L'Espace Commines, Paris, FR
Boundless Encounters: The 3rd Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art, Hangzhou, CN
On the Spiritual Matter of Art, MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome, IT
KUBATANA: An Exhibition with Contemporary African artists, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Oslo, NO
Lend Me Your Dream / Prête-moi Ton Rêve, Le Studio des Arts Vivants, L’Artorium, Casablanca, MA; Museum of Black Civilizations, Dakar, SN; The Contemporary Arts Rotonde, Abidjan, CI; Lagos, NG; Cape Town, ZA ; African Union Headquarters, Addis-Abeba, ET; Rabat, MA
La construcción de lo possible, 13th Havana Biennial, CU

2018
African Civilizations: Continuous Creation of Humanity, Museum of Black Civilizations, Dakar, SN (forthcoming)
New Materialism, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, SE
African Metropolis. An imaginary city, MAXXI, Rome, IT
Ravelled Threads, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, US
Talisman in the Age of Difference, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK
Pulling at Threads, Norval Foundation, SA
Mobile Worlds or The Museum of our Transcultural Present, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, DE
The Liar's Cloth, Grimm Gallery, Amsterdam, NL

2017
BACK TO BLACK:No On and Off Ramps (curated by Babacar Mbow), Art Africa Miami Fair, US
The Summer Show 2017, Royal Academy of Arts (RA), London, UK
Viva Arte Viva, Venice Biennale, IT
Afterwork, ILHAM Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, MY
L'Afrique en capitale, Musée Mohammed VI d'Art moderne et contemporain, Rabat, MA
Afriques Capitales, La Villette, Paris, FR

2016
Still (the) Barbarians, EVA International, Ireland’s Biennial, Limerick, IE
Afterwork, Para Site Hong Kong, HK; tours to ILHAM Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, MY
Group Show, 12 Solos, Blain|Southern Berlin, DE

2015
ART_TEXTILES, The Whitworth, The University of Manchester, UK
19th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil | Southern Panoramas, São Paulo, BR
Streamlines: Metaphorical and Geopolitical Interpretations of the Oceans, Deichtorhallen International Kunst und Fotografie, Hamburg, DE
Obsession, Maison Particulière, Brussels, BE
Katrine Helmerssonand Abdoulaye Konaté, NorrköpingsKonstmuseum, SE

2013
The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Hell, Purgatory revisited by Contemporary African Artists, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, DE; National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, US
Decorum, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, FR
International Sculpture Route Amsterdam: Art Zuid 2013, Amsterdam, NL
Marker 2013, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, AE
Métamorphoses, Musée Bargoin, Clermont Ferrand, FR

2012
Hollandaise, SMBA, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NL; RAW Material Company, Centre Pour l’Art, Dakar, SN
We face forward: Art from West Africa today, Whitworth Art Gallery, The University of Manchester, UK

2011
Mixités, Les chantiers de la Lune, La Seyne-sur-Mer, FR
Dégagements… La Tunisie un an après, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, FR

2010
Art Actuel d’Afrique, Collégiale Saint-André, Chartres, FR
Textile ou fragment de l’histoire d’une collection, Fondation Blachère, Apt, FR

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PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Arken Museum for Moderne Kunst, Ishøj, DK
Banque des Etats de l’Afrique Occidentale, Dakar, SN
Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR
Dak’Art, Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain, SN
Foundation Blachère, Apt, FR
Fondation Guy & Myriam Ullens, Geneva, CH
Fundação Sindika Dokolo, AO
Gare do Oriente, Lisbon, PO
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, US
Musée National du Mali, Bamako, ML
Musée Bargoin de la Ville de Clermont-Ferrand, FR
Palais Présidentiel du Mali, Bamako, ML
Smithsonian Museum, Washington, US
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NL
The Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs, US
Vehbi Koc Foundation, Istanbul, TK

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