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Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Tie the Temptress to the Trojan, 2016 | Collection of Michael Bertrand, Toronto Courtesy of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

Fly in League with the Night

Mudam Luxembourg – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean in collaboration with Tate Britain presents the largest survey to date of the work of Ghanaian-British artist Lynette Yiadom- Boakye (b. 1977, London). Fly in League with the Night presents 67 paintings spanning two decades. A painter and writer, Yiadom-Boakye is celebrated for her enigmatic oil paintings of black subjects.

The figures in Yiadom-Boakye’s paintings seem both familiar and mysterious. Each painting is made from a composite archive of found images supplemented by her own imagination, rendered in expressive, short brushstrokes and a distinctive palette of dark, dramatic tones. By stripping away the signifiers of any particular era, her figures appear to exist outside of a specific time or place, remaining open to different narratives, memories and interpretations. Her paintings are coupled with poetic, seemingly unrelated titles, such as Tie the Temptress to the Trojan (2016) and To Improvise a Mountain (2018). Writing is central to Yiadom-Boakye’s artistic practice, as she has explained: ‘I write about the things I can’t paint and paint the things I can’t write about.’

The exhibition Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Fly in League with the Night is organised by Tate Britain in collaboration with Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, and Mudam Luxembourg – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean.

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye was born in 1977 in London, where she lives and works today. She is of Ghanaian descent and in 2019 participated in the critically acclaimed Ghana Freedom pavillion at the Venice Biennale. In 2018 she was awarded the prestigious Carnegie Internatioal Prize and and in 2013 she was shortlisted for the Turner Prize. Her work is represented in museum collections around the world and she has exhibited internationally including solo exhibitions at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2017); the Kunsthalle Basel (2016); Haus der Kunst, Munich (2015); and the Serpentine Galleries, London (2015).


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  • Andrea Schlieker, Director of Exhibitions and Displays, and Isabella Maidment, Curator of Contemporary British Art, assisted by Aïcha Mehrez, Assistant Curator, Contemporary British
    Art, Tate Britain

Curator for the presentation at Mudam:
  • Clément Minighetti, assisted by Sarah Beaumont

  • Fly in League with the Night is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue including texts by Yiadom-Boakye, the exhibition curators, and the American poet and writer Elizabeth Alexander (Tate Publishing, 2020).

Media partners:
  • Beaux Arts Magazine
    Luxemburger Wort