Work by Abdoulaye Konaté (b. 1953 Diré, Mali) primarily takes the form of textile-based installations that explore socio-political and environmental issues, as well as showcasing his aesthetic concerns and formal language. Konaté questions the way in which societies and individuals, both in Mali and beyond, have been affected by factors such as war, the struggle for power, religion, globalisation, ecological shifts and the AIDS epidemic. Employing material native to Mali, namely woven and dyed cloths, the artist creates large-scale abstract and figurative compositions. Konaté refers to the West-African tradition of using textiles as a means of commemoration and communication, balancing global political and social reflections with a reference to his own local and cultural history.

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Abdoulaye Konaté
Photo: Peter Mallet


Blain|Southern London
Symphonie en Couleur

Symphonie en Couleur

2 September – 24 September 2016

Blain|Southern Berlin
Useful Dreams

Useful Dreams

7 February – 18 April 2015


Arsenale, Venice, IT
VIVA ARTE VIVA Venice Biennale 2017

VIVA ARTE VIVA Venice Biennale 2017

13 May – 26 November 2017


Yinka Shonibare MBE & Abdoulaye Konaté At The Royal Academy

Now in its 249th year, the Summer Exhibition displays works in a variety of mediums & genres by emerging & established contemporary artists

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Abdoulaye Konaté At The Arken Museum Of Modern Art

A major survey exhibition featuring works from the last 20 years of the artist’s career.

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Abdoulaye Konaté, full colour career survey


Konaté first studied painting at the Institut National des Arts in Bamako and then at the Instituto Superior des Arte, Havana, Cuba, where he lived for seven years before returning to Mali. In 2008, he was nominated for the Artes Mundi 3 prize, Cardiff. He has received several awards, including the prestigious Officier de l'Ordre National du Mali (2009) as well as the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de France (2002) and the Léopold Sédar Senghor Prize at the Dak’Art Biennale in Dakar (1996).

Konaté’s work has featured in numerous international exhibitions. Major group shows include documenta 12, Kassel, DE (2007), Africa Remix. Contemporary Art of a Continent, international tour including the Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast, Dusseldorf, DE; Hayward Gallery, London, UK; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, FR and the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, JP (2004-2007), and more recently The Divine Comedy, Heaven, Hell, Purgatory revisited by Contemporary African Artists at the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, DE (2014), SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia, US (2014-2015), and National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, US (2015). He participated in the 19th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil, São Paulo, BR (2015); Streamlines: Metaphorical and Geopolitical Interpretations of the Oceans at Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, DE (2015); ART_TEXTILES at The Whitworth, Manchester, UK (2016) and Eva International biennale in Limerick, IE (2016). Recent solo exhibitions include a retrospective at Arken Museum for Moderne Kunst, DK (2016) and Symphonie en couleur at Blain|Southern London, UK (2016).

Abdoulaye Konaté has been selected to participate in Viva Arte Viva, the central exhibition in the 2017 edition of La Biennale di Venezia, curated by Christine Macel, chief curator of the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

The artist lives and works in Bamako, Mali and he is the Founding General Director of the Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers Multimédia Balla Fasseké Kouyaté in Bamako. 



1953, Born in Diré, ML
Lives and works in Bamako, ML



Officier de l’Ordre National du Mali, ML

Prix Passeport – Créateurs sans Frontières, FR

Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mali, ML

Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de la République Française, FR

Prix Léopold Sédar Senghor, Dak’Art Biennale, Dakar, SN

Mención de la Jornada de Estudios Científicos Universitarios del Instituto Superior de las Artes de la Habana, CU

Primer Premio Nacional de la pintura del salón 13 de Marzo de la Universidad de la Habana en la ocasión de la Semana de Cultura Cubana, CU

Mención de la Jornada de Estudios Científicos Universitarios del Instituto Superior de las Artes de la Habana, CU

Premier Prix du Lions Club International, Bamako, ML
Diplôme d’Or de Peinture, Semaine Artistique Locale de Ségou, ML



Abdoulaye Konaté/ Œuvres Textiles, La Boite 2, Tunis, TN (forthcoming)

Etoffe des songes, Galerie 38, Casablanca, MA; Espace Expressions CDG, Rabat, MA

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

Abdoulaye Konaté, Useful Dreams, Blain|Southern Berlin, DE
Abdoulaye Konaté, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, IT

Abdoulaye Konaté, The World in Textile, Afrika Museum, Berg en Dal, NL
Abdoulaye Konaté, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, IT

Abdoulaye Konaté, ESADHar - L'Ecole Supérieure d'Art & Design, Le Havre, FR
Abdoulaye Konaté, Fondation Festival sur le Niger Ségou, ML
Abdoulaye Konaté, Tentures Teintures, Maison Revue Noire, Paris, FR
Abdoulaye Konaté, Project Window, InIVA, Rivington Place, London, UK

La toile de Abdoulaye Konaté, Galerie Nationale de Dakar, SN 

Abdoulaye Konaté – Exposition rétrospective, Biennale de Dakar, SN

Abdoulaye Konaté, Le temps de la danse, Galerie Saro Leon, Las Palmas, ES
Abdoulaye Konaté: Textile, Forum für Kunst, Heidelberg, DE

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

Abdoulaye Konaté, Le Petit Salon National, Havana, CU

Abdoulaye Konaté, Maison du Peuple, Diré, ML



The Liar's Cloth, Grimm Gallery, Amsterdam, NL 

BACK TO BLACK:No On and Off Ramps (curated by Babacar Mbow), Art Africa Miami Fair, US
The Summer Show 2017, Royal Academy of Arts (RA), London, UK
Viva Arte Viva, Venice Biennale, IT
Afterwork, ILHAM Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, MY
L'Afrique en capitale, Musée Mohammed VI  d'Art moderne et contemporain, Rabat, MA

Still (the) Barbarians, EVA International, Ireland’s Biennial, Limerick, IE
Afterwork, Para Site Hong Kong, HK; tours to ILHAM Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, MY
Group Show, 12 Solos, Blain|Southern Berlin, DE

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
Katrine Helmerssonand Abdoulaye Konaté, NorrköpingsKonstmuseum, SE

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
International Sculpture Route Amsterdam: Art Zuid 2013, Amsterdam, NL
Marker 2013, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, AE
Métamorphoses, Musée Bargoin, Clermont Ferrand, FR

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

Mixités, Les chantiers de la Lune, La Seyne-sur-Mer, FR
Dégagements… La Tunisie un an après, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, FR

Art Actuel d’Afrique, Collégiale Saint-André, Chartres, FR
Textile ou fragment de l’histoire d’une collection, Fondation Blachère, Apt, FR

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

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

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

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

Musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains de Lausanne, CH
Le Palais des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles, BE

Musée de Picardie, Amiens, FR

Routes of Passage, Johannesburg Biennale, Johannesburg, ZA
24th Bienale de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, BR
7th Triennale der Kleinplastik, Stuttgart, DE

Die Anderen Modernen, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, DE

The Other Journey, Kunsthalle Krems, AT

Rencontres africaines, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, FR

Bienal de la Habana, Havana, CU
Artistes Maliens et Soviétiques au Palais de la Culture, Palais de la Culture, Bamako, ML

Bienal de la Habana, Havana, CU

Jeunes peintres du Mali, Institut National des Arts, Bamako, ML



Abdoulaye Konaté: Focus on Africa, BBC World, 13 September
Simon Broughton, dir., The Brilliant Idea – episode 31: Textiles of Abdoulaye Konaté, Bloomberg Documentary, July


Armelle Dakouo, Exhibition Catalogue, Rabat, Fondation CDG, Abdoulaye Konaté: L’étoffe des songes

Vincenzo Gangone, ed., Exhibition Catalogue, Lugano, Primae Noctis Art Gallery,  Abdoulaye Konaté
Andrea Rygg Karberg and Laetitia Catoir, Exhibition Catalogue, Ishøj, Arken Museum of Modern Art, Abdoulaye Konaté
Chrisitian Gether, Exhibition Catalogue, Ishøj, Arken Museum of Modern Art, The Place and the Art
Kernohan Woodrow, et al., Catalogue of Exhibition, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Still (the) Barbarians

Laetitia Catoir,et al., eds, Exhibition Catalogue, Berlin, Blain|Southern, Abdoulaye Konaté: Useful Dreams
Exhibition Catalogue, Norrköping, Kunstmuseum, Katrine Helmersson – Abdoulaye Konaté
Danilo Santos de Miranda, Exhibition Catalogue, São Paulo, Sesc Pompeia,  Abdoulaye Konaté
Dirk Luckow and Koyo Kouoh, Exhibition Catalogue, Hamburg, Deichtorhallen,  Abdoulaye Konaté,

Wouter Welling and Joelle Busca, Exhibition Catalogue, Berg en Dal, Afrika Museum, Abdoulaye Konaté – The World in Textile
Anne Dressen, et al., Exhibition Catalogue, Paris, Musee d’Art Moderne, Decorum: tapis and tapisseries d’artistes contemporains

Exhibition Catalogue, Las Palmas, Galería Saro León, Le temps de la danse


Jean-Hubert Martin, Exhibition Catalogue, London, Haward Gallery, Africa Remix: Contemporary Art of a Continent

Gwenola Corre, Abdoulaye Konaté Plasticien, Editions de L’œil, Pordic, FR



Caroline Roux, “African Artists at the Venice Biennale”, Financial Times, 5 May
Roxana Azimi, “A la Biennale de Venise, les pavillons africains portent l’art au Coeur des plaies“, Le Monde, 18 May
M Neelika Jayawardane,“Black presences at the Venice Biennale”,, 20 May

Lily Le Brun, “Abdoulaye Konaté: le secret des étoffes du Mali”, Beaux Arts Magazine, March issue
“Textiles and west African culture : Contemporary artists have discovered a resource that is rich in codes and associations”, Financial Times, 24 June
“Un-authored, Art of work: how Conservatoire graduates are bucking Mali’s unemployment trend”, The Guardian, 2 May
Un-authored, “Exhibition of works by Abdoulaye Konaté opens at Blain|Southern”,, 2 September
Meredith Etherington-Smith,”Antenna: Material gains”,, 14 September
Un-authored, “Symphonie en couleur for Abdoulaye Konaté at Blain Southern”,, 24 August
Kate Gordon, “Textile used like paint”, The Evening Standard, 27 August
Un-authored, “Mali’s Rich Minerals Inspire Abdoulaye Konate’s London Show”,,17 August
Mark Hudson, “Abdoulaye Konaté: Symphonie en Couleur”, The Daily Telegraph, 27 August
Eddy Frankel, “Abdoulaye Konaté”, Time Out London, September issue
Un-authored, “Symphony of colour: Abdoulaye Konaté merges music and matter at Blain|Southern”,, 1 September

Andreas Schlaegel, “Abdoulaye Konaté”, Flash Art Magazine, Volume 48, no. 302, May-June
“In conversation with Abdoulaye Konaté”, Impressions of Brazil, Art Africa, p.130-133
Inge Pett, “Useful Dreams – Abdoulaye Konaté in der Galerie Blain|Southern”,, 8 February
Un-authored, “Abdoulaye Konaté at Blain|Southern Berlin”,, 6 February
Thea Bradbury, “Useful Dreams from Mali”, Berlin&I, 5 February
Christian Herchenröder,”Afrika in Berlin: Galerien nehmen den continent in den Focus”, February issue
Un-authored, “Abdoulaye Konaté – Useful Dreams”,, 4 February
Un-authored, Abdoulaye Konaté: Useful Dreams,, 4 February
Romy, “Abdoulaye Konaté bei Blain|Southern”,, 4 February 
Un-authored, “Abdoulaye Konaté bei Blain|Southern”,, 3 February
Angela Hohmann, “Eigene Sprache: Textilgemälde, die Welt deuten wollen”, Berliner Morgenpost, 17 February
Beate Scheder, “Der Stoff für nützliche Träume: Abdoulaye Konaté aus Mali stellt bei Blain Southern aus”, Berliner Zeitung, 18 February
Birgit Sonna, Interview Abdoulaye Konaté: Mich Interessiert Das Leiden,, 19 February
Un-authored, “Textiles Gestalten”, Taz, 28 February
Heike Fuhlbrügge, “Zarter Stoff, harte Botschaft: Der Documenta Teilnehmer Abdoulaye Konaté zeigt Teppichbilder in der Galerie Blain
Southern”, Der Tagesspiegel, 7 March
Karin Kölker, “Abdoulaye Konaté – Useful Dreams”,, 12 March
Un-authored, “Afrikas wichtigster Künstler malt nicht – er näht”, Die Welt, 31 March
Ruth Schneider, You can judge a bird from its feathers, Exberliner, 13 April
Un-authored, Traum & Realität, Quality, 31 March


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
Vehbi Koc Foundation, Istanbul, TK



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