Kapwani Kiwanga
The 6 Best—and Riskiest—Artworks at Art Basel Unlimited, Where the Fair’s Supersized Artwork Shines
by Tim Schneider & Kate Brown
artnet
Jun 11, 2019

“Paris-based, Canadian-born artist Kapwani Kiwanga’s monumental installation Flowers for Africa (Rwanda) draws you in first by its smell, before you’ve even turned the corner into the vast hall housing Unlimited.

The site-specific work, a monumental archway of minty-fresh eucalyptus, is part of an ongoing project by the young artist in which she reimages flower arrangements created by various African countries to celebrate their independence days. This iteration—the 13th and largest thus far of her works in the series—recreates the backdrop of the festivities for the country’s independence in 1962. Kiwanga’s gallery says she plans to complete all 54 African countries’ independence day floral displays.

Amid all the flashy colors and glittery surfaces of other works at Unlimited, this towering ephemeral sculpture, already wilting under the lights, is deeply powerful in its transience. For Rwanda, given the tragedy that overcame the country in the early 1990s, this feels particularly searing.”

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Kapwani Kiwanga
SYMPOSIUM: A COINCIDENCE OF WANTS, THE SHAPE OF VALUE
Hosted by National Gallery of Canada and the Wexner Center for the Arts
Ocean Space, Venice, Italy
Jun 13 – 14, 2024
Kapwani Kiwanga
With Millions of Glass Beads, the Canadian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale Creates the Monumental Out of the Minute
BY LISA WONG MACABASCO
VOGUE
May 28, 2024
Kapwani Kiwanga
The Deep Roots of Plant Time
By Yota Batsaki
EDGE EFFECTS
May 23, 2024
Kapwani Kiwanga
Stories Written
Group exhibition curated by Eliza Lips
Museum Haus Konstruktiv Zurich, Zürich
May 30 – Sep 8, 2024