William Kentridge


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William Kentridge’s ‘The Head & The Load’ included on Holland Festival

William Kentridge’s critically-acclaimed multimedia performance The Head & The Load opens the 2019 Holland Festival (29 – 31 May). The Head & The Load tells the untold story of the almost two million African porters and soldiers who served in the British, French and German armies during the First World War. Featuring music by long-time collaborators Phillip Miller with Thuthuka Sibisi, Kentridge’s unique vision brings together an international ensemble cast of musicians, singers, dancers, and performers alongside film projections and shadow play to create a landscape of extraordinary proportion and imagination that unfolds across a 50-metre wide stage.

William Kentridge’s 'll Ritorno d'Ulisse' in Palermo, Italy

William Kentridge’s version of Monteverdi’s opera Il Ritorno d’Ulisse is set to return to the stage at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo (7 – 10 February). In Kentridge’s version of this famed opera, Ulisse lies in a hospital bed in Johannesburg, recounting his epic ten-year journey following the Trojan War to find his wife Penelope. Ulisse takes the form of a puppet watching his former self re-enact a past brought to life through Kentridge’s animated charcoal drawings and a fellow cast of life-sized wooden puppets carved by Handspring Puppet Company.

Shirin Neshat, Sue Williamson, Tabita Rezaire, and William Kentridge on Kochi-Muziris Biennale

Shirin Neshat, Sue Williamson, Tabita Rezaire and William Kentridge are included on the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India (12 December – 29 March). The biennale will take place across various public spaces and heritage sites in the town of Kochi. For biennial curator Anita Dube, the event aims to counteract ‘the virtual hyper-connectivity that has paradoxically alienated us from the warm solidarities of community’. The exhibition runs from 12 December until 29 March 2019.

William Kentridge’s "The Head & The Load" at Park Avenue Armory and "Wozzeck" at Sydney Opera House

Following its critically-acclaimed debut at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, William Kentridge’s multimedia performance The Head & The Load travels to the Park Avenue Armory in New York (4 – 15 December). The Head & The Load tells the untold story of the almost two million African porters and soldiers who served in the British, French and German armies during the First World War. Kentridge’s celebrated rendition of Alban Berg’s opera Wozzeck will also have another run at the Sydney Opera House in early 2019 (25 January – 15 February). The opera, which premiered at the Salzburg Festival in 2017, is centred on the experiences of a homicidal soldier – a tale brought to life by Kentridge through his characteristic charcoal drawings depicting bleak landscapes, denuded of their trees and scarred by shell craters.

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  • 2014: Winterreise

    2014: Drawings: East Rand Proprietary Mines Cash Book

    2013 - 2014: Rebus

    2013: Tango for Page Turning

    2013: Second-Hand Reading

    2012: No, It Is

    2011 to 2012: The Refusal of Time

    2011: Other Faces

    2010: Carnets d'Egypte

    2007 to 2010: The Nose

    2008: (REPEAT) From the Beginning

    2008: I am not me, the horse is not mine

    2007: What will come...has already come

    2005: Preparing the Flute

    2005: The Magic Flute Opera

    2003 to 2004: Tide Table

    2003: 7 Fragments for Georges Méliés & Journey to the Moon

    2002: Zeno Writing

    2001: Medicine Chest

    2001 - Present: Tapestries

    1999: Shadow Procession

    1999: Sleeping on Glass

    1999: Stereoscope

    1998: Ritorno d'Ulisse

    1997: WEIGHING... and WANTING

    1996 to 1997: Ubu Tells the Truth

    1996: History of the Main Complaint

    1994: Felix in Exile

    1991: Sobriety, Obesity, and Growing Old

    1991: Mine

    1990: Monument

    1989: Johannesburg Second Greatest City after Paris

  • Solo exhibitions

    William Kentridge | KABOOM!

    William Kentridge / That Which We Do Not Remember / 2017

    William Kentridge | Notes Towards a Model Opera | 2016

    William Kentridge / Drawings: East Rand Proprietary Mines Cash Book / 2014

    William Kentridge / NO, IT IS / 2012 - 2013

    William Kentridge / Other Faces / 2011

    William Kentridge / (Repeat) From The Beginning / 2008

    William Kentridge / What Will Come / 2007

    William Kentridge / Preparing The Flute / 2005

    William Kentridge / "Zeno Writing" and "Automatic Writing" / 2003

    William Kentridge / Stereoscope / 1999

    Group exhibitions

    Acts of Reading

    Narrative Means / 2018

    the silences between / 2017

    Summer Show / 2016

    New Revolutions: Goodman Gallery at 50

    New Revolutions: Goodman Gallery at 50

    Edge of Silence / 2015

    Other People's Memories / 2015

    The Poetry In Between: South-South / 2015

    Surfacing / 2014

    C-16 / 2013

    Editions / 2013

    Advance/...Notice / 2012

    Summer Show / 2012

    Dancing with Dada / 2011

    Winter Show / Cape Town / 2010

    Winter Show / Joburg / 2010

    In Context / 2010

    The Marks We Make / 2010

  • Biography

    Solo Exhibitions

    Group Exhibitions

    Teaching, Lectureships and Workshop

    Awards and Merits

    Academic Record and Residencies


    Selected Articles and Reviews




    Film Festivals

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  • Videos

    The Soho Chronicles: Conversation with William and Matthew Kentridge

    Talking cure for the studio

  • Press for William Kentridge

    William Kentridge / Art Review Power 100 / 2018

    William Kentridge, Art Review Power 100 (61 KB)

    William Kentridge / The Guardian / July 2018

    The Carnage Cabaret by Murray Whyte (5.4 MB)

    William Kentridge / Financial Times / July 2018

    William Kentridge and the forgotten victims of Africa's Great War by Peter Aspden (8.8 MB)

    William Kentridge / LA Times / November 2017

    When refusing the hour saves the day, by Mark Swed (221.9 KB)

    William Kentridge / The Guardian / September 2016

    Out of South Africa by Nicholas Wroe (2.1 MB)

    William Kentridge / FT Weekend Magazine / September 2016

    The master in his universe, by Hedley Twidle (8.4 MB)

    William Kentridge / The Brooklyn Rail / May 2016

    Interview with Ann McCoy (7.3 MB)

    William Kentridge / The Art Newspaper / April 2016

    William Kentridge unveils 550-metre frieze along Rome's Tiber river, by Federico Castelli Gattinara and Hannah McGivern (1.4 MB)

    William Kentridge / Artforum / 2016

    William Kentridge, as told to Ida Panicelli (1.3 MB)

    William Kentridge / The New York Times Style Magazine / October 2015

    A classic opera illustrated by a contemporary artist, by Sylvia Rupani-Smith (653.9 KB)