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Solo show at Museo Hendrik Christian Andersen. 2001 - 2002
Date: 5 December, 2001 until 3 March, 2002
Curator: Elena di Majo and Christine Perrella

Be-Muse was a Yinka Shonibare exhibition installed at the Museo Hendrik Christian Andersen, Rome, 5/12/01 - 3/3/02. In collaboration with Ministero per i Beni e le Attivita Culturati, Direzione Generale per l’Architecttura e l’Arte Contemporanee, Centro Nazionale per le Arti Contemporanee, and the British School at Rome, Gallery Programme. Exhibition curated by Elena di Majo and Christine Perrella. 

“Italy has always been a meeting place for art, spanning both time and space. The Yinka Shonibare exhibition at the Andersen Museum arose out of one of these chance meetings and many curious coincidences which ended up making it possible. Yinka Shonibare discovered Hendrik Christian Andersen when he was invited to Rome to visit his museum-home for an exhibition project. And this is where the coincidences began. Both today’s artist and yesterday’s have or had dual nationality - one British of Nigerian origin, the other American of Norwegian origin - placing both of them at a cultural crossroads. They also share the typically European legend of the dandy, which they both interpret from a non-European angle. Shonibare thus decided to include Andersen in his gallery of characters, dedicating two new works to the key meetings in the life of the sculptor which had Rome as their backdrop””

From the first of two prefaces to the Be-Muse catalogue.

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Born, 1962 in London, England

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