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William Kentridge

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)


02 Sep 2004 to 28 Nov 2004

Curator: Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev

about the exhibition

South African artist William Kentridge is considered one of the most significant contemporary artists working today. His drawings and animated films present a uniquely evocative view of the state of South Africa, his haunting imagery hinting at how political realities impact on individual lives. While Kentridge’s primary activity remains drawing, his career has moved between film, drawing, theatre, sculpture and installation. He has gained international recognition for his distinctive animated short films, which are painstakingly constructed through a process of erasing and redrawing each phase of movement and for his charcoal drawings based on a similar ‘erasure’ technique.

This exhibition brought together over 70 works from the 1970s to 2004, including rare early drawings, etchings, animated films, recent sculpture, and new film works Tide Table (2003-4), 7 Fragments for Georges Melies (2003) and Journey to the Moon (2003). With a particular focus on recent works, the exhibition also included a number of works in bronze and projections onto objects, as well as a selection of works based on the artist’s interest in shadows as a metaphor for indirect vision and knowledge. The MCA version of the exhibition was augmented by a number of drawings and etchings from Australian collections, an additional film and a series of eight etchings, Ubu Tells the Truth (1996-97).

William Kentridge was organised by the Castello di Rivoli, Museo d’Art Contemporanea, Rivoli, Turin. The exhibition in Rivoli was made possible through the generous support of the Region of Piedmont, CRT Foundation, Turin Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture, and the City of Turin.

Tour Itinerary

Castello di Rivoli, Museum of Contemporary Art, Rivoli, Turin, Italy: 10 January – 29 February 2004
K20 K21 Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf, Germany: 27 March – 31 May 2004
Musée d’Art Contemporain, Montréal, Canada: 10 February – 23 April 2005
Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa: 1 July – 31 October 2005

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