William Kentridge

Five Themes

This large-scale exhibition of the work of the internationally renowned South African artist William Kentridge (b. 1955) spans nearly three decades of this remarkably prolific artist’s career, with an emphasis on projects completed since 2000, many of which have never before been publicly exhibited in the United States.

Art Exhibition previously on at The Museum of Modern Art - MoMA in New York, United States.
From Wednesday 24 February 2010 to Monday 17 May 2010

Drawing from Stereoscope. 1998–99 image

Published by MOMA on Wednesday 27 May 2009.
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Combining the political with the poetic, Kentridge’s work has made an indelible mark on contemporary art. Dealing with subjects as sobering as apartheid and colonialism, Kentridge often imbues his art with dreamy, lyrical undertones or comedic bits of self-deprecation, making his powerful messages both alluring and ambivalent. Perhaps best known for his stop-motion films of charcoal drawings, the artist also works in prints, collage, sculpture, and the performing arts, opera in particular. This exhibition explores five primary themes that have engaged Kentridge over the last three decades through a comprehensive selection of his work from the 1980s to the present. Included are works related to the artist’s staging and design of Dmitri Shostakovich’s The Nose, which premieres at The Metropolitan Opera, New York, in March 2010.

At MoMA, the exhibition includes many works exclusive to this presentation. Alongside key loans from around the world, the presentation at MoMA underscores the Museum’s interdepartmental commitment to the artist’s work by revealing both the breadth and depth of holdings in its collections.

William Kentridge: Five Themes is organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Norton Museum of Art. The exhibition is organized for MoMA by Klaus Biesenbach, Chief Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art; Connie Butler, The Robert Lehman Chief Curator, Department of Drawings; and Judy Hecker, Assistant Curator, Department of Prints and Illustrated Books, The Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition premieres at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) from March 14 through May 31, 2009, and travels to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida, and select venues in Europe. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue.