William Kentridge fans won't want to miss these two major exhibitions in SA

2019-05-28 10:30
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The largest exhibition to be held in Africa in over a decade by internationally acclaimed artist William Kentridge is set to open in Cape Town in August 2019.

The major exhibition of his work will be hosted simultaneously in two parts by Norval Foundation and the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), opening 24 August and running through to March 2020.

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Kentridge fans will gain access to many different works, executed over decades, by William Kentridge in two of the city’s leading art institutions at the same time, with the artist’s Why Should I Hesitate? Sculpture on view at Norval Foundation and Why Should I Hesitate? Putting Drawings To Work on display at Zeitz MOCAA.

Both exhibitions will include major works from Kentridge’s extensive oeuvre, and will be accompanied by two new publications, conceived in collaboration between Norval Foundation, Zeitz MOCAA, and the artist.The exhibitions will also be accompanied by a series of talks and performances with the artist, and leading voices in the cultural sector. A series of member events and public programmes will be held across both venues over the opening weekend, Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 August 2019.

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William Kentridge exhibition to take place in Augu
William Kentridge exhibition to take place in Augu
William Kentridge exhibition to take place in Augu

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Norval - What to expect

The Norval Foundation exhibition will be the first exhibition internationally to address Kentridge’s output as a sculptor. Covering several bodies of work, and testifying to his longstanding and spontaneous improvisation when handling three-dimensional form, Why Should I Hesitate? Sculpture sees the origins of these works in props from his operas and images from his animations stepping off the stage and out of the screen, confronting us directly at ground level. Why Should I Hesitate? Sculpture will also premiere new works commissioned for the occasion of this special exhibition.
  • Exhibition title:           Why Should I Hesitate? Sculpture
  • Venue:                         Atrium and Galleries 2-8, Norval Foundation, 4 Steenberg Road, Tokai
  • Run dates:                   24 August 2019 – 23 March 2020
  • Exhibition curators:     Karel Nel, Owen Martin, Talia Naicker, Vicky Lekone

Zeitz MOCAA - What to expect

Why Should I Hesitate? Putting Drawings To Work, will be staged at Zeitz MOCAA and will offer a wide survey of Kentridge’s work, including early works, as well as newer pieces on view for the first time in South Africa.

It will cover over 40 years of artistic production (1976 -2019) in drawing, stop-frame animation, video, prints, sculpture, tapestry, video and large-scale installation. The title references Kentridge’s primary practice of drawing, and how this core activity informs and enables his studio practice. It also references the impact of individual action on history and the reverse – how history shapes the contemporary and the future – and works as a commentary on various shifting hegemonies of power politics, economies, language and the authority to narrate history.

  • Exhibition title:Why Should I Hesitate? Putting Drawings To Work
  • Venue:                         Level 3 Galleries and throughout, Zeitz MOCAA; Silo District, V&A Waterfront
  • Run dates:                   25 August 2019 – 23 March 2020
  • Exhibition curators:     Azu Nwagbogu, assisted byTammy Langtry

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