Tate Britain Exhibition

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Fly In League With The Night

Painting of a person staring at the viewer, wearing a collar

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye A Passion Like No Other 2012 Collection of Lonti Ebers  © Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

The first major survey of one of the most important painters working today

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye is a British artist and writer acclaimed for her enigmatic portraits of fictitious people. This exhibition brings together around 80 works from 2003 to the present day in the most extensive survey of the artist’s career to date.

The figures in Yiadom-Boakye’s paintings are not real people – she creates them from found images and her own imagination. Both familiar and mysterious, they invite viewers to project their own interpretations, and raise important questions of identity and representation.

Often painted in spontaneous and instinctive bursts, her figures seem to exist outside of a specific time or place. Her paintings are coupled with poetic titles, such as Tie the Temptress to the Trojan 2016 and To Improvise a Mountain 2018. Writing is central to Yiadom-Boakye’s artistic practice, as she has explained: ‘I write about the things I can’t paint and paint the things I can’t write about.’

Yiadom-Boakye was awarded the prestigious Carnegie Prize in 2018 and was the 2012 recipient of the Pinchuk Foundation Future Generation Prize. She was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2013.

Exhibition organised by Tate Britain in collaboration with Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, and Mudam Luxembourg – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean

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four men stand in a row wearing green jumpera nd underpants. The background is green

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
Complication 2013
Pinault Collection © Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

Portrait of a woman staring side on

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
The Cream And The Taste 2013
Private Collection © Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

Painting of two girls standing on a beach with bare feet

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
Condor And The Mole 2011
Arts Council Collection (London, UK) © Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

a man in an orange jumper sits on on a chair with a cat on his shoulder

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
In Lieu Of Keen Virtue 2017
Courtesy the Artist, Corvi-Mora, London, and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York © Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

a man stands in black with a dead animal which looks like a fox around her

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
Solitaire 2015
Courtesy the Artist, Corvi-Mora, London, and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York © Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

Our exhibition guide explores the exhibition room by room.

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Tate Britain's Manton Entrance is on Atterbury Street. It has automatic sliding doors and there is a ramp down to the entrance with central handrails.

This exhibition is on the main level. There is a lift on the lower floor.

The main level has an immersive installation Duveens Commission – RUPTURE NO.1: blowtorching the bitten peach which includes sudden loud noises. Quiet hours will be available on select dates for those who require a quieter visit. During this time the sounds for the Duveens commission will be turned off.

  • Accessible and standard toilets are located on the lower floor
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London SW1P 4RG
Plan your visit


2 December 2020 – 31 May 2021

The exhibition is now fully booked

Extended opening until 20.00 on 22 and 29 May 2021

  • Timed tickets must be booked before visiting
  • All visitors including Members need to book a ticket
  • This ticket includes access to the British art collection routes
  • Members also get access to the Rothko and Turner collection route

Supported by

With additional support from

The Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Exhibition Supporters Circle

Abigail and Joseph Baratta
Amanda and Glenn Fuhrman
Pamela J Joyner and Alfred J Giuffrida
Lydia and Manfred Gorvy
Peter Dubens

Tate Americas Foundation, Tate International Council, Tate Patrons and Tate Members

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