Magdalene Odundo with her new exhibition


Magdalene Odundo: The Journey of Things

3 August – 15 December 2019

Tickets: £13.00 or FREE for members
Concessions available

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 3000 years, revealing the rich and diverse range of objects and making traditions that have informed the development of her own work.

The Sainsbury Centre is showcasing Transition II, Odundo’s largest work, made up of 1,001 individual suspended glass piece presented in a sweeping crescendo, suggesting flowing water or a murmuration of starlings. Odundo made this work during a residency at the National Glass Centre in 2014 in collaboration with glassblower James Maskrey. The Journey of Things at the Sainsbury Centre allows Transition II to be presented in the context of Odundo’s ceramic practice.

The exhibition is designed by Adjaye Associates. British architect, Sir David Adjaye OBE is a leading architect of his generation and is known for collaborations with contemporary artists on exhibitions and installations. Artists he has worked with include Olafur Eliasson, Julie Mehretu, Chris Ofili and James Turrell.

The exhibition is organised in partnership with The Hepworth Wakefield.


“Suggesting flowing water or a murmuration of starlings, Transition II is a sweeping crescendo of 1,001 suspended glass pieces”