PRIMO MARELLA GALLERY
PRIMO MARELLA GALLERY
Abdoulaye  Konaté

Abdoulaye Konaté

born in 1953 in Diré (Mali)

«Different dyeing as medium for knowing the other and for acting on him. The colours have the role of enhance the energy or power of either textile and individual». M. Pastoreau

Combining the aesthetics of the local with global subject matter, Abdoulaye Konate? merges political commentary and traditional craftsmanship.
Abdoulaye Konate? creates large-scale textile-based installations using woven and dyed clothes, ma-terials native to his homeland Mali. Konate?’s abstract and figurative tableaux explore both aesthetic language and diverse socio-political and environmental issues. Referring to the West-African tradition of using textiles as a means of communication, the artist balances the global issues with an intimate reference to his own life and country.

His work often questions the ways in which societies and individuals have been affected by factors such as war, the struggle for power, religion, globalization, ecological shifts and the AIDS epidemic. His works look like wall tapestries: most of the time they are composed of layered, hand-embroide- red cotton ribbons. Colors play a big role and the choice depends not only on the composition he has in mind but also on the symbolic meaning: if he uses red it is possible that he refers to violence, white has a more positive connotation, black refers to death, yellow is both the land underneath and the sky above.

 

A symphony of colours, a wide deep research through symbol and essence, this is the path Abdoulaye Konaté is crossing in his latest works. It’s impossible to look at his artworks remaining emotionless. Konaté’s joyful compositions bring us in a universe filled with symbols, in an atmosphere charged of significances. Even if the political issue is cast aside, his language is unchanged, always strong, substantial, stripped of every unfoundamental decoration, forged to speak of Human and Nature through a simple medium, such as the colour. The language of colours is made of extrinsic impressions but also internal affections.
Born in 1953 in Diré, Mali, Abdoulaye Konaté studied painting at the Institut National des Arts in Bamako and then at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, Cuba. He currently lives and works in Bamako.

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

 

Group exhibitions (selected)

2022

Documenta 15, Kassel, Germany
Expo Dubai 2020, Mali Pavillon, Dubai, UAE
Still Alive, Aichi Triennale, Japon

 

2021

Threads, Zwartzusters monastery, Antwerp, Duende Art Projects

 

2020
“Global(e) Resistance” at Centre Pompidou, Paris
14th Dak’Art Biennale of Contemporary Art 2020, Dakar, Senegal

 

2019

Africa Universe, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan & Lugano
Hier est la me?moire 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 / Pre?te-moi Ton Re?ve, 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 construccio?n de lo possible, 13th Havana Biennial, CU

 

2018
New Materialism, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, SE

African Metropolis. An imaginary city, MAXXI, Rome, IT
Ravelled Threads, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, US
Pulling at Threads, Norval Foundation, SA 
Mobile Worlds or The Museum of our Transcultural Present, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, DE
Dak’art Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain, Dakar, SN

 

2017
Viva Arte Viva, Venice Biennale, IT
Afriques Capitales, La Villette, Paris, FR
Vers le Cap de Bonne Espérance, Gare Saint Sauveur, Lille, FR
The Summer Show 2017, Royal Academy of Arts (RA), London, UK
L'Afrique en capitale, Musée Mohammed VI  d'Art moderne et contemporain, Rabat, MA

 

2016
Still (the) Barbarians, EVA International, Ireland’s Biennial, Limerick, IE

 

2015
Katrine Helmerssonand Abdoulaye Konaté, NorrköpingsKonstmuseum, SE
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

 

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

 

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

 

2009
Africa? Una Nuova Storia, Complesso del Vittoriano, Rome, IT
Bienal de la Habana, Havana, CU

 

2008
Travesía, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno CAAM, las Palmas de Gran Canaria, ES
Artes Mundi, National Museum, Cardiff, UK

 

2007
Africa Remix, Museum Kunstpalast, Dusseldorf, DE; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, FR; Hayward Gallery, London, UK; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, JP
Documenta 12, Kassel, DE

 

2006
The Unhomely, Phantom Scenes in Global Society, International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Seville, Seville, ES
Dak’Art 7éme Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain, Dakar, SN

 

Solo exhibitions (selected)

2022

Hommage à Abdoulaye Konaté, l’étoffe d’un maître - Biennale de Dakar, Sénégal
Des Petits Formats à Dakar - Grand Théâtre National, Dakar, Sénégal

 

2021
Abdoulaye Konate? - Lune Bleue, Espace Dominique Bagouet, Montpellier
Abdoulaye Konate? , The Diffusion of Infinite Things, Standing Pine, Nagoya, Japan


2020
Ide?ogrammes, signes, symboles et logos, Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town
Couleurs d’a?me, Blain|Southern New York, US


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, 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: Textile, Forum für Kunst, Heidelberg, DE

 

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

 

1983
Abdoulaye Konaté, Le Petit Salon National, Havana, CU

 

1976
Abdoulaye Konaté, Maison du Peuple, Diré, ML

Abdoulaye  Konaté - Noir d’ébène et cicatrices
Noir d’ébène et cicatrices
2021
Textile
237 × 294 cm
Abdoulaye Konaté - Noir d’ébène et cicatrices
2021 - Textile - 237 × 294 cm
Abdoulaye  Konaté - Suprématie Ashanti
Suprématie Ashanti
2021
Textile
166 × 156 cm
Abdoulaye Konaté - Suprématie Ashanti
2021 - Textile - 166 × 156 cm
Abdoulaye  Konaté - Composition signe Fondation
Composition signe Fondation
2020
Textile
160 × 118 cm
Abdoulaye Konaté - Composition signe Fondation
2020 - Textile - 160 × 118 cm
Abdoulaye  Konaté - Le rouge et le noir (au cercle)
Le rouge et le noir (au cercle)
2020
Textile
213 × 152 cm
Abdoulaye Konaté - Le rouge et le noir (au cercle)
2020 - Textile - 213 × 152 cm
Abdoulaye  Konaté - Lune bleue
Lune bleue
2019
Textile
400 × 518 cm
Abdoulaye Konaté - Lune bleue
2019 - Textile - 400 × 518 cm
Abdoulaye  Konaté - Ocre au jaune-regard
Ocre au jaune-regard
2018
Textile
231 x 184,5
Abdoulaye Konaté - Ocre au jaune-regard
2018 - Textile - 231 x 184,5
Abdoulaye  Konaté - Composition en jaune
Composition en jaune
2018
Textile
267 x 329
Abdoulaye Konaté - Composition en jaune
2018 - Textile - 267 x 329
Abdoulaye  Konaté - Le cercle et le carré
Le cercle et le carré
2018
Textile
217 x 153 cm
Abdoulaye Konaté - Le cercle et le carré
2018 - Textile - 217 x 153 cm
Abdoulaye  Konaté - Coucher de soleil
Coucher de soleil
2018
Textile
266 x 450 cm
Abdoulaye Konaté - Coucher de soleil
2018 - Textile - 266 x 450 cm
Abdoulaye  Konaté - Hibou A1
Hibou A1
2018
Textile
233 × 228 cm
Abdoulaye Konaté - Hibou A1
2018 - Textile - 233 × 228 cm