Contemporary art

Abdoulaye Konate /   Abdoulaye Konaté

Mali 1953


Abdoulaye Konate
Abdoulaye Konaté
February 25, 2015
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Abdoulaye Konaté is a Malian artist who combines hanging, assembly, dyeing and sculpture to achieve high recall and strong presence in space. With textiles, gris-gris, bullets, used clothing or sand, he comes in the theater and the world of contemporary art through the door or spiritual or political. He is reflecting a Malian, African and universal collective consciousness.

Konaté was born in Diré, Mali in 1953. He studied painting at the Institut National des Arts in Bamako and then the Institut Supérieur des Arts, Havana, Cuba, where he lived for seven years before returning to Mali.

Today, his work primarily takes the form of textile-based installations which explore socio-political and environmental issues. The artist 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 which are sewn together, the artist creates large-scale compositions, abstract and figurative. 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’s work has been exhibited in numerous international exhibitions. Major group shows include Documenta 12, Kassel (2007), Africa Remix international tour including the Centre Pompidou, Paris and Hayward Gallery, London (2004-2007) and more recently The Divine Comedy, Heaven, Hell, Purgatory revisited by Contemporary African Artists at the Frankfurt Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt (2014). In 2008, Konaté was nominated for the Artes Mundi prize, Cardiff. He has received several awards, including the prestigious Leopold Senghor Prize at the Dak’Art Biennale in Dakar (1996), the Officier de l’Ordre National du Mali (2009) as well as the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de France (2002). He is currently General Director of the Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers Multimédia  Balla Basseké Kouyaté in Bamako.

Konaté lives and works in Bamako, Mali.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Abdoulaye Konaté Useful Dreams, Blain|Southern, Berlin, DESolo
2013Abdoulaye Konaté The World in Textile Afrika Museum, Berg en Dal, NLSolo
2013Abdoulaye Konaté Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, ITSolo
2013The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Hell, Purgatory revisited by Contemporary African Artists Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, DEGroup
2013Decorum Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, FRGroup
2013International Sculpture Route Amsterdam Art Zuid 2013 Amsterdam, NLGroup
2013Marker 2013 Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, AEGroup
2013Metamorphoses Musée Bargoin, Clermont Ferrand, FRGroup
2012Abdoulaye Konaté ESADHar - L'Ecole Supérieure D'Art & Design, Le Havre, FRSolo
2012Abdoulaye Konaté Fondation Festival sur le Niger Ségou, MLSolo
2012Abdoulaye Konaté, Tentures Teintures Maison de la Revue Noire, Paris, FRSolo
2012Abdoulaye Konaté, Project Window Iniva, Rivington Place, London, UKSolo
2012Hollandaise SMBA, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NLGroup
2012We face forward: Art from West Africa today Whitworth Art Gallery, The University of Manchester, UKGroup
2012Raw Material Company Centre Pour l’Art, Dakar, SNGroup
2011La Toile de Abdoulaye Konaté Galerie National de Dakar, SNSolo
2011MixitésLes chantiers de la Lune, La Seyne sur mer, FRGroup
2011Dégagements… La Tunisie, un An Aprés Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, FRGroup
2010Abdoulaye Konaté – Exposition Rétrospective Biennale de Dakar, SNSolo
2010Art Actuel d’Afrique Collégiale Saint-André, Chartres, FRGroup
2010Textile ou fragment de l’histoire d’une collection Fondation Blachère, Apt, FRGroup
2009Abdoulaye Konaté Le Temps de Danse, Galerie Saro Leon, Las Palmas, ESSolo
2009Abdoulaye Konaté: Textile Forum Für Kunst, Heidelberg, DESolo
2009Africa? Una Nuova Storia Somplesso del Vittoriano, Rome, ITGroup
2009Bienal de la Habana Havana, CUGroup
2008Artes Mundi National Museum, Cardiff, UKGroup
2007Africa Remix Centre Pompidou, Paris, FRGroup
2007Documenta XII Kassel, DEGroup
2006The Unhomely, Phantom Scenes in Global Society International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Seville, Seville, ESGroup
2006Dak’Art 7éme Biennale de l’art Africain Contemporain catalogue, Dakar, SNGroup
2003UntitledMusée de design et d’Arts appliqués Contemporains de Lausanne, CHGroup
2003UntitledLe Palais des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles, BEGroup
2002UntitledMusée de Picardie, Amiens, FRGroup
1998Routes of Passage Biennale Internationale, Johannesburg, ZAGroup
199824th Bienale de Sao Paulo Sao Paulo, BRGroup
19987th Triennale der Kleinplastik Stuttgart, DEGroup
1997Die Anderen Modernen Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, DEGroup
1996The Other Journey Kunsthalle Krems, Krems ATGroup
1995Rencontres africaines Institut de Monde Arabe, Paris, FRGroup
1992Abdoulaye Konaté Museé National du Mali, Bamako, MLSolo
1992Abdoulaye Konaté Museé de I’IFAN, Dakar, SNSolo
1986Bienal de la Habana Havana, CUGroup
1986Artistes Maliens et Soviétiqueus au Palais de la Culture Palais de la Culture, Bamako, MLGroup
1984Biennale de La Havane Institut Supérieur des Arts, Havana, CUGroup
1983Abdoulaye Konaté Le Petit Salon National, Havana, CUSolo
1978Jeunes Peintres du Mali Institut National des Arts, Bamako, MLGroup
1976Abdoulaye Konaté Maison du Peuple, Diré, MLSolo