Kehinde Wiley

An Archaeology of Silence by Kehinde Wiley
at Giorgio Cini Foundation
Kehinde Wiley

Organized by the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and with the support of the Templon Gallery, curated by Christophe Leribault, the Giorgio Cini Foundation presents the exhibition “Kehinde Wiley: An Archaeology of Silence” through July 24, 2022, in conjunction with the Venice Art Biennale.

Kehinde Wiley presents new canvases and monumental sculptures that highlight the brutality of the colonial past, using the figurative language of the fallen hero. The new paintings show young black men and women in positions of vulnerability telling a story of survival and resilience, revealing the beauty that can emerge from tragedy.

Born in Los Angeles to a Nigerian immigrant, artist Kehinde Wiley became best known for painting the official portrait of Barack Obama, a commission on behalf of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.


Location: San Giorgio Maggiore Island, Venice

Schedule: until July 24, 2022

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