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William Kentridge

William Kentridge is an artist internationally acclaimed for his drawings, films, theatre and opera productions.

William Kentridge (born Johannesburg, South Africa, 1955) is internationally acclaimed for his drawings, films, theatre and opera productions. His method combines drawing, writing, film, performance, music, theatre, and collaborative practices to create works of art that are grounded in politics, science, literature and history, whilst yet maintaining a space for contradiction and uncertainty. His aesthetics are drawn from the medium of film’s own history, from stop-motion animation to early special effects. Kentridge’s drawing, specifically the dynamism of an erased and redrawn mark, is an integral part of his expanded animation and filmmaking practice, where the meanings of his films are developed during the process of their making.

Kentridge’s work has been seen in museums and galleries around the world since the 1990s, including Documenta in Kassel, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Albertina Museum in Vienna, Musée du Louvre in Paris, Whitechapel Gallery in London, Louisiana Museum in Copenhagen, the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid and the Kunstmuseum in Basel.

Opera productions include Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Shostakovich’s The Nose, and Alban Berg’s operas Lulu and Wozzeck, and have been performed at Opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, La Scala in Milan, English National Opera in London, Opera de Lyon, Amsterdam Opera, and the Salzburg Festival.

In 2016, Kentridge founded the Centre for the Less Good Idea: a space for responsive thinking through experimental, collaborative and cross-disciplinary arts practices. The Centre has quickly gathered momentum and in 2020 launches a mentorship programme.

Update: 14 May 2020

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Has participated in

William Kentridge and Nalini Malani in Conversation

In Praise of Shadow