William Kentridge

William Kentridge

William Kentridge

William Kentridge was born in 1955 in Johannesburg, South Africa where he currently lives and works. Often drawing from socio-political conditions in post-apartheid South Africa, William Kentridge’s work takes on a form that is expressionist in nature. For Kentridge, the process of recording history is constructed from reconfigured fragments to arrive at a provisional understanding of the past—this act of recording, dismembering and reordering crosses over into an essential activity of the studio. His work spans a diverse range of artistic media such as drawing, performance, film, printmaking, sculpture and painting. Kentridge has also directed a number of acclaimed operas and theatrical productions. 



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2019 Winterreise, Kyoto, Japan Calder/Kentridge, Teatro Constanzi, Rome

William Kentridge: Why Should I Hesitate? Putting Drawings to Work / Sculpture Zeitz MOCAA and Norval Foundation, Cape Town

William Kentridge: Universal Archive, Perlman Teaching Museum, Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota

William Kentridge. A Poem That Is Not Our Own, Kunstmuseum, Basel

William Kentridge: That which we do not remember, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

William Kentridge: Ten Drawings for Projection, Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam

The Head & Load, Holland Festival, Amsterdam
William Kentridge. Ten Drawings For Projection, Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam
William Kentridge, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
ULISSE, Palermo, Italy
WOZZECK, Sydney Opera Premiere, Australia
Stereoscope (single presentation), Cushing Gallery, Newport Art Museum, Rhode Island


2018 More Sweetly Play the Dance, Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin
O Sentimental Machine, Liebieghaus Skulpturesammlung, Frankfurt
Triumphs & Laments, Emerson Urban Arts, Media Art Gallery, Boston
Refusal of Time, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio
William Kentridge: Universal Archive, Walsh Gallery, Fairfield University Museum,

Connecticut; The Arthur Ross Gallery, the University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania
William Kentridge, Thick Time, The Whitworth Museum, Manchester
The Head & Load, Tate Modern, Turbine Hall, London; Ruhrtriennal, Germany; The Park Avenue, Armory, New York, NY
Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), The New National Theater, Tokyo, Japan


2017 Right Into Her Arms, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa Enough & More Than Enough, Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain

Sint Janshospitaal, hosted by Musea Bruges, Bruges, Brussels
William Kentridge: Universal Archive, Trout Gallery at the University of Dickinson, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Processione. I Riparazionisti/Procession. The Reparationists, Corte Est, OGR, Project by Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea
Journey to the Moon, Hilliard University Art Museum, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
William Kentridge, Städelsche Kunstinstitut und Städtische Galerie Frankfurt am Mein Smoke Ashes, Fables: William Kentridge in Bruges, Musea Brugge-Sint Janshospitaal, Bruges
William Kentridge: Thick Time, Louisiana, Copenhagen, Denmark; Museum der Moderne and Rupertinum, Salzburg
Centre for the Less Good Idea Festival, Johannesburg, South Africa
O Sentimental Machine, Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris
Lulu, Teatro Dell’Opera, Rome


2016 More Sweetly Play the Dance, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York Triumph and, Laments,Teverterno, Rome

William Kentridge, Thick Time, Whitechapel Gallery, London
More Sweetly Play the Dance, LUMA Foundation, Arles, France
William Kentridge: The Refusal of Time, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
William Kentridge: More Sweetly Play the Dance, ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany.
Lulu, English Natioanl Opera, London

No It Is!, Martin-Gropius Bau, Berlin


2015 More Sweetly Play the Dance, Marian Goodman Gallery, London Notes Toward a Model Opera, Ullens Center, Beijing, China

Peripheral Thinking, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul Refuse the Hour Performances, Cape Town City Hall, Design Indaba, South Africa;

Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York
The Refusal of Time, Iziko Museum, Cape Town, South Africa
William Kentridge: Fortuna. Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, Mexico; Museo Ampara, Puebla, Mexico
EYE filmmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Lulu, Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Metropolitan Opera, New York
I am Not Me, Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, Switzerland
Ubu and the Truth Commission, Canadian Stage, Toronto


2014 The Refusal of Time & Other Faces, EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, Finland

Winterreise (by Franz Schubert), Wiener Festwochen, Vienna, Austria Winterreise (by Franz Schubert) Holland Festival, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Winterreise (by Franz Schubert) Festival Aix-en-Provence Winterreise (by Franz Schubert) Lincoln Center, New York
Drawing Lessons and Refuse the Hour, SchauspielHaus, Hamburg, Germany
The Refusal of Time, ICA Boston, Boston, Massachusetts
The Refusal of Time, PARASOPHIA: Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture, Kyoto, Japan
The Refusal of Time, Perth International Arts Festival, Perth, Australia
Néfertiti Tete-a-Tete, Staatliches Museum Ägyptischer Kunst, Munich
William Kentridge: Fortuna, Museo del Banco de la Republica, Bogota, Colombia;

Museo de Arte Moderno, Medellin, Colombia
The Refusal of Time, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Ubu & The Truth Commission, Edinburgh, Scotland
The Refusal of Time, City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand
Paper Music: A Ciné Concert by Philip Miller and William Kentridge, Bargello Museum, Florence, Italy
Winterreise (by Franz Schubert) Lincoln Center, New York
Paper Music: A Ciné Concert by Philip Miller and William Kentridge, Lincoln Center, New York
William Kentridge, Marian Goodman Gallery Project Space, New York Tapestries, Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg


2013 William Kentridge: Second-Hand Reading, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

William Kentridge: Fortuna, Instituto Moreira Salles, Rio de Janeiro; Fundação Iberê Camargo, Porto Alegre, Brazil; Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil
A Universal Archive: William Kentridge as Printmaker, The Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK;

Midland Arts Center, Birmingham, UK; Quad, Derby, UK; University of Northumbria Gallery, Newcastle, UK

In Praise of Shadows: William Kentridge in the Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Refuse the Hour, Festival Quartier d'Ete, Paris
Refuse the Hour, ImpulsTanz Festival, Vienna, Austria
Refuse the Hour, Hamburg, Germany
Paris Cinema Festival, Paris, France
Dojima River Biennial, Osaka, Japan
The Refusal of Time, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


2012 William Kentridge: Five Themes, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne, Australia

William Kentridge: ¿No se unirá usted al baile?, CAC Málaga, Contemporary Art Centre of Málaga, Málaga, Spain

Refuse the Hour, Teatro Argentina, Romaeuropa Festival 2012, Rome
William Kentridge, Da Capo, Chapelle du Miracle, Avignon
William Kentridge: I am not me, the horse is not mine, Tate Modern, London, UK


2011 William Kentridge: Five Themes, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel; Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada

Other Faces, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

William Kentridge: Five Themes, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, GCCC, Moscow

William Kentridge in the Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Fine Arts Budapest,

Budapest, Hungary

Visual Musing, Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, MO


2010 William Kentridge: Five Themes, Museum of Modern Art, New York; Jeu de Paume, Paris, France; Albertina Museum, Vienna, Austria

William Kentridge, What We See and What We Know, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan; Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan

William Kentridge: Ambivalent Affinities, Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, Illinois William Kentridge, Louvre Museum, Paris, France
William Kentridge, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado William Kentridge: Breathe, Dissolve, Return, Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris

South Africa Projections: Films by William Kentridge, The Jewish Museum of New York, New York City, NY

William Kentridge - Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, CO