William Kentridge is not a simple artist. He’s the most kaleidoscopic living craftsman ever. Thanks to any possible existing medium – videos, drawings, theatre – he narrates a present which celebrates the past in order to digest it and finally move on.
Unveiling the tracks of his artistic path, William will lead us in his world, starting from South Africa, the homeland shaping his poetics, up to Rome – where he has been struggling with a huge debated artwork: Triumphs & Laments, a long and powerful sequence of images representing both victories and defeats of the Italian capital, somehow connected with the world’s contemporary defeats and wounds.
Despite its supporters the project has been facing lots of oppositions. Nonetheless, throughout the journey we get to know the team of Tevereterno, the association cultivating the revival of Rome’s Tiber River which has been fighting for the project’s success despite the authorities’ critiques. Then Philip Miller, Kentridge’s historical musical collaborator, flies directly from South Africa to audition and select a group of street artists as soundscape of the project. Furthermore, historians, architects and all sorts of experts interact with the artist to give birth to the artwork.
It’s a compelling work in progress revealing the excitement beyond a controversial project that finally saw the light at the magnificent event held in 2016 which celebrated Rome and its river.
William Kentridge was born in 1955 in Johannesburg, South Africa and he currently lives and works in Johannesburg. He studied at the Johannesburg Art Foundation and the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. He was a founding member of the Free Filmmakers Co-operative in 1988. Kentridge has participated in a number of international biennales and in Documenta X (1997) XI (2002) and XIII (2012) as well as the Venice Biennale (2005, 1999 and 1993). He has been the recipient of numerous prizes including the Kyoto Prize (2010), the Oskar Kokoschka Award, Vienna (2008), the Kaiserring Prize (2003), the Carnegie Prize, the Carnegie International (2000), Standard Bank Young Artist Award (1987), and the Red Ribbon Award for Short Fiction (1982). He has received honorary doctorates from institutions including the Royal College of Art, London (2010), Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa (2008), and the University of the Witwatersrand (2004). A retrospective of his work recently ended in 2012 after a three year international tour that began at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California (2009). William Kentridge’s work has been exhibited widely throughout the world including at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, at the Museo de Arte Moderno, Medellin, at the Museo de Arte del Banco de la Republica, Bogotá and at the Instituto Moreira Salles, Rio de Janeiro (2014), at the Pinacoteca do Estado, São Paulo (2013), at the MAXXI Museum, Rome, at the CAC, Malaga and at the Tate Modern, London (2012), the Louvre, Paris (2010), the Centres Pompidou, Paris (2002), the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C. (2002), and the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels (1998).
Festa del Cinema di Roma Première: Saturday October 22nd 2016, 9:30 pm MAXXI Museum Rome.
ALTE PINAKOTHEK – Munchen, Germany 14 may ore 16.00
MACBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina – dal 15 al 20 maggio
AGO, Toronto, Canada – 17 and 19 may
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART (EMST) Athens, Greece – 18 and 19th May
MUSAC, Leon, Spain – 18th May
CAAM, Canary Islands – 19th May
Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal – 20th may, 3rd and 10th June
MSU, Zagabria, Croatia – 20th May
RISO, Palermo, Italy – 20th e 21st May
Moscow Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, Russia – 21st May
ACCADEMIA DI BELLE ARTI presso CANTIERI CULTURALI ALLA ZISA – 24th May, Palermo, Italy
MOCAK – Cracovia, Poland 1st June
FONDAZIONE MUSEO PINO PASCALI – 1st June, Polignano a Mare, Italy
MACO – 2-3-4 June, Mexico, Oxaca
ESTONIAN ACADEMY OF ARTS – Tallin, Esthony 8th June
MAMBO 10th e 11th June – Bologna, Italy
UCCA – Beijing , Cina – 11th June
MART E GALLERIA CIVICA – Trento, Italy 15th June
ISTANBUL MODERN Istanbul, Turckey– 14th e 15th June
KUNSTHAL ROTTERDAM – rotterdam, Holland 21st June
Castello di Rivoli – Turin, Italy 21st June
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART – Belgrade, Serbia 23rd June
GEORGE EASTMAN MUSEUM – Rochester New York, U.S.A. – 1st July
PAC – Italy, Milano – 3rd July
THE ISRAEL MUSEUM – Jerusalem – 4th July
CONCRETE – 10th September – Dubai, UAE