Painting by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

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

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

Fly In League With The Night

3.7 – 19.9 2021


Welcome to the first major retrospective exhibition of British artist and writer Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. The exhibition ”Fly In League With The Night” features around 80 paintings and the presentation spans over the artist’s entire career – from her graduation show at the Royal Academy Schools in London in 2003 to the present day.

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye (born 1977) makes figurative paintings based on a variety of source material.  Working in oil on canvas or coarse linen, developing a language through mark-making, colour, scale, and composition has been central to the development of her practice. The characters she constructs are suggestions of people created of the artist’s memories and imagination, and influenced by images, drawings, and photographs.  The intentionally ambiguous characters seem to exist in a timeless state where the past, present and future converge, and their individual narratives are left to be constructed by the beholders.

Read more: About the exhibition

Live-streamed introduction to the exhibition

Curator Matilda Olof-Ors welcomes and gives an introduction to the art.

Curators Tate Britain: Andrea Schlieker, Director of Exhibitions and Displays, Isabella Maidment, Curator
Curator Moderna Museet: Matilda Olof-Ors, Curator

Visitor information


Pre-booked tickets is required for all visitors – including children and other groups who have free admission. More information about ticket purchases

Admission: 150 kr
Reduced admission: 120 kr (for seniors and students)

Free admission for those 18 and under and Friends of Moderna Museet.

Exhibition catalogue

This monograph provides a comprehensive account of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s practice over the past two decades. With essays by the celebrated poet Elizabeth Alexander and curators Andrea Schlieker and Isabella Maidment, alongside new writing by Yiadom-Boakye, ”Fly In League With The Night” reflects the dual aspects of the artist’s career as both a painter and a writer. Yiadom-Boakye’s work is a celebration of the vital importance and critical significance of painting today.

Utställningskatalog ”Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Att flyga i förbund med natten”, engelsk upplaga
Exhibition catalogue ” Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Fly In League With The Night”, 2021. Photo: Albin Dahlström/Moderna Museet

A Choreographic Conversation

18–19 September, 2021, at 12 noon, 14.00, 17.00.

See choreographers Lydia Östberg Diakté and BamBam Frost explore the meeting between provocation and play, tenderness and violence, greatness and madness in ”A choreographic Conversation”. The dance performance takes place in the exhibition “Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Fly In League With The Night” across the last weekend of the exhibition.

Included in the exhibition ticket. Pre-purchased exhibition ticket is required to the time slot of the performance.

Read more: A Choreographic Conversation

Lydia Östberg Diakité & BamBam Frost.
Lydia Östberg Diakité & BamBam Frost. Photo: Märta Thisner

Summer activities

29 June–15 August, 2021

Explore art, poetry and fables at Skeppsholmen this summer! We offer many different outdoor activities for kids and adults of all ages. Enjoy the beautiful island and create your own paintings, poems and drawings, with inspiration from the Moderna Museet collection, the outdoor sculptures and the artist Lynette Yiadome-Boakye.

Read more: Summer at Moderna Museet

The exhibition is on the 4th floor


Painting by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Tie The Temptress To The Trojan, 2018. Collection of Michael Bertrand, Toronto © Courtesy of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Photo: Marcus Leith
Painting by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, In Lieu Of Keen Virtue, 2017. Private collection © Courtesy of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Photo: Marcus Leith

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