In parallel with the exhibition Victor Horta and the Grammar of Art Nouveau, the French and Canadian artist Kapwani Kiwanga is invited to create new work with as its central piece a rug with an ornamental floral pattern. The decorative allure of this floor covering is inspired from Art Nouveau and alludes to shared histories between territories that were home to botanic species that were imported to Belgium.
Kapwani Kiwanga is a conceptual multimedia artist working with sound, film, performance, and objects. Her art is often based on archival research. Kiwanga addresses not only by the past, but also by the future.
Kiwanga was the inaurugal winner of the Frieze Artist Award (2018); the Sobey Prize for the Arts (Canada 2018), the Prix Marcel Duchamp (2020) and the Zurich Art Prize (2022). She is a 2023 Guggenheim Fellow and was a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University in 2022-23. She currently has a solo exhibition at MOCA, Toronto and her first major survey will open at Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg in September. A solo exhibition will follow in June at the Capc Musée d’art contemporain Bordeaux and later this autumn at the Fundação de Serralves, Porto. In 2024, she will represent Canada at the Venice Biennale.