William Kentridge — a remarkably versatile artist whose evocative vision combines the political with the poetic, while combining elements of visual and performative arts — brings a troupe of more than 50 performers for a two-week residency culminating in a work-in-progress performance of The Head and The Load — which deals with subjects as sobering as apartheid, colonialism, and totalitarianism. Kentridge’s highly personal work is often imbued with lyrical undertones in his critical examination of aspects of his native South African society.
William Kentridge’s More Sweetly Play the Dance will make its North American museum premiere at the Cincinnati Art Museum.
This powerful film installation encircles the viewer with seven screens, on which a procession of travelers passes across a charcoal-drawn animated landscape. The immersive panorama hints at multiple histories, evoking a danse macabre, a jazz funeral, an exodus and a journey. Accompanied by a brass band, the film references medieval manuscripts and the storylines of refuge throughout history.
For the first time in Scandinavia, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is presenting a major solo exhibition of William Kentridge. William Kentridge – Thick Time focuses on a number of the artist’s distinctive works from the period 2003-2016, among others Right Into Her Arms (2016), O Sentimental Machine (2015) and More Sweetly Play the Dance (2015). Naturally the new acquisition to the Louisiana Collection The Refusal of Time (2012) - a masterly installation first shown here in the spring of 2016 - will also be part of the presentation as will be an entirely new work that Kentridge is preparing specifically for the exhibition at Louisiana.
The City of London’s annual public art program, "Sculpture in the City", places contemporary art works in unexpected locations, providing a visual juxtaposition to the capital’s insurance district.
This year’s edition, the largest to date, will showcase 15 works ranging considerably in scale and will include William Kentridge, in collaboration with Gerhard Marx, and Giuseppe Penone.
Kentridge and Marx will present Fire Walker (2009) on Bishopsgate while Penone will be showing Idee di Pietra – 1372 KG di Luce (2010) in front of Norman Foster’s the Gherkin, St Mary Axe.