Wangechi Mutu recently made history by having four of her sculptures displayed at the entrance of The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) in New York. This is the first time ever in the Museum’s 117-year history that an installation has been made at the entrance of the iconic building.
The commissioned project, titled ‘The New Ones, will free Us’, features four bronze sculptures called The Seated I, II, III & IV (2019). They will be exhibited until January 12, 2020 in special niches created for that purpose at The Met’s exterior. It will be part of a new series of contemporary commissions where The Met will invite artists to create new and inspired works of art. This will be aimed at establishing a dialogue between the artist’s work, the collection, the space, and audiences.
Speaking about this historic event on their website, The Met had this to say about what Wangechi Mutu had created:
‘As with all of her work, these pieces engage in a critique of gender and racial politics that is as pointed as it is poetic and fantastic. With The NewOnes, will free Us, the artist has reimagined a motif common to the history of both Western and African art: the caryatid, a sculpted figure, almost always female, meant to serve as a means of either structural or metaphorical support.’
Wangechi Mutu is not new to the art scene. This Kenyan-born and raised artist is well known internationally for her contemporary visual art, as well as sculpture, film and performance work. Her afrofuturistic work has been exhibited in major art galleries and museums all over the world. She has been living in New York for more than twenty years, where she moved to take her art career to the next level.
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