Until 30 January 2011
William Kentridge: Five Themes, a comprehensive survey of the contemporary South African artist's work, will open at the Albertina October 29th, 2010. Featuring more than 60 works in a range of media — including animated films, drawings, prints, theater models, sculptures, and books — the exhibition is co-organized by SFMOMA and the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida.
In close collaboration with the artist, the exhibition explores five primary themes that have engaged Kentridge over the past three decades. Although the exhibition highlights projects completed since 2000, it will also present, for the first time, Kentridge's most recent work alongside his earlier projects from the 1980s and 1990s — revealing as never before the full arc of his distinguished career.
William Kentridge: Five Themes brings viewers up to date on the artist's work over the past decade,
exploring how his subject matter has evolved from the specific context of South Africa to
more universal stories. In recent years, Kentridge has dramatically expanded both the scope
of his projects (such as recent full-scale opera productions) and their thematic concerns,
which now include his own studio practice, colonialism in Namibia and Ethiopia, and the
cultural history of postrevolutionary Russia. His newer work is based on an intensive exploration of themes connected to his own life experience, as well as the political and social issues that most concern him.
William Kentridge: Self-Portrait (Testing the Library), 1998
(Collection of Brenda Potter and Michael Sandler © 2008 William Kentridge; photo: courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery, New York)
William Kentridge: Drawing for II Sole 24 Ore [World Walking], 2007
Kohle, Gouache, Pastell und Buntstift auf Papier
(Collection of Doris and Donald Fisher © 2008 William Kentridge; photo: courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery, New York)
William Kentridge: His Majesty, the Nose (still), from the installation I am not me, the horse is not mine, 2008
Eight-channel video projection, DVCAM and HDV transferred to video, 6:01 min
(Collection of the artist, courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, and Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg; © 2010 William Kentridge; photo: John Hodgkiss, courtesy the artist)