William Kentridge

Exhibition: William Kentridge at Kunstmuseum Basel June 8 - October 13, 2019

Designed in close consultation with the artist, "A Poem That Is Not Our Own" showcases early graphic art and films from the 1980s and 1990s as well as examples of Kentridge’s more recent output, including the first adaptations for museum presentation of elements from "The Head & The Load," which premiered at the Tate Modern, London, in 2018. A production involving film projections, shadow play, and an ensemble of performers, the sprawling procession, which defies conventional genre boundaries, sheds light on a neglected chapter of history: Africa’s role in World War I. Taking up three exhibition floors at the Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart, the presentation balances additional major video installations such as "More Sweetly Play the Dance" and "Shadow Procession" with selections from Kentridge’s graphic oeuvre.

William Kentridge at Sydney Opera House January 25 - February 15, 2019

William Kentridge transforms "Wozzeck," a 20th-century operatic masterpiece, into a must-see meeting of art, opera and theatre at the Sydney Opera House. William Kentridge, directs and illustrates this production, a collaboration between Opera Australia, the Metropolitan Opera, Salzburg Festival and the Canadian Opera Company. Visit the opera house's website for details.⠀

On January 22, Kentridge sits down with Opera Australia’s Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini for a wide-ranging conversation about art, music and storytelling across different forms on the set of Wozzeck.

William Kentridge: Stereoscope at The Newport Art Museum January 4, 2019 - March 10, 2019

The Cushing Gallery at Newport Art Museum in Rhode Island presents Kentridge's animated short film, “Stereoscope.” It is the eighth film of Kentridge’s decade long series focusing on Soho Eckstein, an archetypal character from South Africa’s post-apartheid era.

William Kentridge at Kochi Biennale December 12, 2018 - March 29, 2019

William Kentridge brings "More Sweetly Play the Dance," an immersive, multimedia experience on mortality, emigration, and exile, to the 4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale in Kerala, India.

William Kentridge's "The Head & the Load" at The Park Avenue Armory December 4 - December 15, 2018

"A fiercely beautiful historical pageant by the South African artist William Kentridge commemorates a million Africans who died in World War I," says Jason Farago in The New York Times about "The Head & the Load." Tickets are on sale for the performance and musical piece commissioned by The Park Avenue Armory in New York. The music is composed by Philip Miller and Thuthuka Sibisi, with choreography by Gregory Maqoma.

New York Times Review: "The Head & the Load."

William Kentridge at The New National Theatre in Tokyo October 3 - 14, 2018

William Kentridge makes bold and imaginative use of animated film and projection in his production of Mozart's opera, "The Magic Flute," at The New National Theatre in Tokyo, Japan.

Taking the baton is Roland Böer who conducted Kentridge's production at La Scala, and the cast includes notable international singers, Mozartian tenor Steve Davislim (Tamino), rising Baritone Andrè Schuen (Papageno) and young Serbian Bass Sava Vemic (Sarastro.)

William Kentridge at Cité de la Musique at The Philharmonie de Paris September 19 and 20, 2018

"Paper Music" unites films based on William Kentridge’s charcoal and ink drawings with live musical performances by vocalists Ann Masina and Joanna Dudley, pianist Vincenzo Pasquariello, and composer Philip Miller. There will be two performances at the Cité de la Musique at The Philharmonie de Paris, on September 19 and 20, 2018.

William Kentridge and Denis Hirson in Conversation at Marian Goodman Gallery, London July 15, 2018

Marian Goodman Gallery and Fourthwall Books present a conversation with William Kentridge and Denis Hirson, followed by a book signing of the new publication, "Footnotes for the Panther," on Sunday, July 15, 2018, from 11 am at Marian Goodman Gallery, London.

Please RSVP to LondonRSVP@mariangoodman.com to reserve a place.

William Kentridge’s “The Head & The Load” at Tate Modern July 11 - 15, 2018

William Kentridge’s "The Head & the Load" combines music, dance, film projections, mechanized sculptures and shadow play to tell the story of the millions of African porters and carriers who served British, French and German forces during the First World War. The world premiere of this major new work will be staged in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in London. All tickets are sold out.

William Kentridge at the Milwaukee Art Museum June 22 – August 19, 2018

William Kentridge: More Sweetly Play the Dance is an immersive, multisensory experience, combining drawing, filmmaking, and animation with a spirited soundtrack, the celebrated work runs the length of the galleries, engaging visitors in a brass band–led danse macabre (or medieval “dance of death”) that speaks to issues around life, mortality, migration, and displacement. The installation features the eight-channel projection and sculptural components, including school chairs for visitors to sit in and large megaphones through which part of the soundtrack is played.

More Sweetly Play the Dance is fourteen minutes long and plays on a continuous loop.

William Kentridge at MASS MOCA May 3 + 4, 2018

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 at Liebieghaus Skulpturesammlung March 22 - August 26, 2018

O Sentimental Machine is a vast and sprawling collection of over 80 new and older works.  The exhibition embodies an attempt to work through man’s complex relationship with machinery and the double-edged sword of technological progress. Through Kentridge’s trademark range of artistic mediums — charcoal drawings, sculpture, objects and film — O Sentimental Machine explores the nature of the machine, particularly in relation to the concept of movement and motion, and industrial development from the nineteenth century onwards. 

William Kentridge at Cincinnati Art Museum April 26 - November 5, 2017

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.

William Kentridge at Cincinnati Art Museum
William Kentridge at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art February 16- June 18, 2017

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.

William Kentridge and Giuseppe Penone in "Sculpture in the City" June 28- May 2017

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.