From Nairobi With Love, Wangechi Mutu Brings her Life’s Work to New York

We take you inside “Intertwined,” the New Museum’s massive survey of the Kenyan artist’s work, collecting together pieces from her twenty-five year career.

It’s a true gift to be able to go back and see how a revered artist started out; to trace, while walking around the physical manifestations of their mind at work, the path they took towards becoming who we know them to be today. In surveying the art created by Wangechi Mutu, it’s clear, right from the start, just how much certain themes and subjects have stayed with her, morphing and expanding in shape and form, but always with a provocative intensity that calls the viewer to do more than just marvel at what lies before them.

The New Museum’s exhibition of Mutu’s work – at more than 100 pieces, it’s the largest to date – provides an opportunity to engage with one of Africa’s most respected artists in an aptly dedicated space. For the first time ever, the museum has used its entire space to stage the exhibition, encompassing all floors of the building in Lower Manhattan, as well as its façade. In doing so, it has created a homecoming of sorts for Mutu, who first showed here in 2003.


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