Magdalene Odundo OBE is one of the world’s most esteemed artists working in the field of ceramics
This major exhibition brings together more than 50 of Odundo’s works. They are shown alongside a large selection of objects chosen by Odundo from across the globe and spanning over 3,000 years, to reveal the rich and diverse range of objects and making traditions that have informed the development of her own work.
Odundo’s work is placed at the heart of a constellation of objects that she has drawn inspiration from: British studio pottery by Hans Coper and Lucy Rie; ancient vessels from Greece and Egypt; historic ceramics from Africa, Asia and Central America; figurative sculpture and objects from across the African continent; Elizabethan costume and textiles; as well as contemporary works including Yinka Shonibare and El Anatsui.
There are also sculptures by modern artists including Auguste Rodin, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Edgar Degas whose approaches to depicting forms have long been an inspiration for Odundo and highlight the primary importance of the human body as a reference within her work.
Over 30 of these objects are from the Sainsbury Centre collection. The Sainsbury Centre is also showcasing Transition II, Odundo’s largest work, made up of 1,001 individual suspended glass pieces. Presented in the context of Odundo’s ceramic practice, and redesigned site-specifically each time it is shown, Transition II will be presented in a sweeping crescendo, suggesting flowing water or a murmuration of starlings.