The South African National Gallery is proud to have been selected by artist
William Kentridge as the venue for his major South African solo exhibition.
Kentridge, who recently held solo exhibitions across the United States, is
arguably one of the most important living South African artists today. In
the United States, Kentridge is recognised as an influential and important
artist of international stature.
Renowned world-wide for his animated films
made from charcoal drawings as well as his theatre productions focusing on
the complex and often violent history of South Africa, Kentridge
nevertheless continues to live and work in his home city of Johannesburg.
With his involvement in the arts and his passion for film and theatre,
Kentridge has worked as a writer, director, actor and set designer, and has
been involved in numerous creative projects such as his collaboration with
the *Handspring Puppet Company in their acclaimed production of Ubu and the
Kentridge's credentials are impressive. He has exhibited his works at the
Museums of Modern Art in both Oxford and New York, at Documenta X! and the
Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. His films have been screened at
international film festivals in Edinburgh, Annecy, Brussels, Lisbon,
Stuttgart and New Zealand. He has participated in the 45th Venice Biennale,
the 1st Johannesburg Biennale, the 10th Sydney Biennale and SITE Sante Fe in
New Mexico. His one-person shows have been seen in San Diego, Brussels,
Munich, Barcelona and London.
In 1998, Kentridge was selected as a finalist for the Solomon Guggenheim
Museum's second Hugo Boss prize and at the 1999/2000 Carnegie International
in Pittsburgh, was awarded the Carnegie Prize.
The Kentridge Retrospective has been curated by the New Museum of
Contemporary Art, New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
Drawing for Medicine Chest, 2001