An expendable bird carrying an incendiary receptacle round its neck. From the Wujing Zongyao. A fire arrow utilizing a bag of gunpowder as incendiary.
Combining music, dance, film projections, shadow theatre and kinetic sculpture, the piece tells the little-known story of the two million Africans who served as porters for British, German and French forces during the First World War.
Kentridge has worked together with long-time collaborator, the composer Phillip Miller, and musical director Thuthuka Sibisi, to create an original score that will be performed by orchestra collective The Knights, along with an international cast of singers, dancers and performers.
Curated by Gianni Jetzer, Unlimited transcends the typical format of an art fair by featuring immersive art installations, video projections and large-scale sculptures and paintings. The event brings a troupe of more than 50 performers and serves as a two-week residency culminating in a work-in-progress performance.
Curated by Owen Martin, the exhibition considers the role of craft in the practices of contemporary artists from South Africa and beyond. Bringing together artists that use techniques such as weaving, sewing, beading and collage, the artworks included in this exhibition challenge traditional art historical hierarchies that prefer painting and sculpture over craft-based media.
In so doing, Pulling at Threads highlights the various social, political and religious meanings of the materials and techniques that these artists use.
In looking at how artists today have increasingly incorporated tapestry into their respective oeuvres, no matter the medium for which they are known, the exhibition charts the history of the tapestry as a work of art.
From Reubens to Picasso, the tapestry has played a significant and important role in the development of fine art. Hosted in the Emerson Urban Arts: Media Art Gallery, the exhibition features the complete set of eight aquatint etchings and woodcuts, used as remnants of the m frieze, two long maquettes that diagram the processional, a set of monumental stencils, and a video showing the opening performance in Rome.
For the exhibition, titled William Kentridge: The work, titled Procession of Reparationistsis inspired by the ex-industrial vocation and workers of the Great Reparations Officine.
The black metal sculpture consists of a procession of figures with a strong significance and symbolic value, as it alludes to the work of repairing trains and bodies.
As such, the exhibition explores the studio space as a site of performance. In the role of the protagonist of his artworks, Kentridge appears to probe and question the ideas and processes of vision and creativity.
Kentridge engages with question surrounding the creative potential of virtual reality within the field of contemporary art practice and production, and the potential inter- and multidisciplinary practices that exist between the arts and digital technology.
Poetic and Political explores two realms of perception often considered oppositional but more likely to work in tandem to make a rich, provocative and compelling visual impact. The exhibition juxtaposes the work of Josef Albers, a single artist focused on the psychic and emotive qualities of colour, with African and African American artists who confront the historic and contemporary traces of colonialism as they contribute to the power of healing and renewal.
The large-scale projection by Kentridge presents a procession of shadowy figures marching to the sounds of a brass band.
The motif of the procession is thus transformed into a timeless symbol of movement, displacement and political change. Kentridge explores the existential loneliness of wanderers, depicting them walking in a single file, moving from one country to the next, exchanging the familiar terror of war for the hope of an unknown destination.
William Kentridge wins Spanish art prize Kentridge has been awarded the annual Princess of Asturias Award for Art for his outstanding and ongoing contribution to international contemporary art worldwide.
The award is one of eight Asturias prizes handed out annually by a foundation named for Crown Princess Leonor. Other categories include social sciences, sport and scientific research. A total of 43 people from 19 different countries were nominated for the arts award.
On exhibition are the video installation Notes Towards a Model Opera and In Mockery of Progress, a series of watercolours on printed pages, both from Kentridge spoke about the studio as a space of contestation, play and free association and introduced the audience to the Centre for the Less Good Idea, the new collaborative art centre he founded in Johannesburg.
They are featured in the section Being There, which focuses on work by 15 artists from South Africa. Focusing on various capital cities around Africa, the multimedia exhibition presents viewers with the opportunity to experience the ambiance of an African metropolis.
Composed of six large-scale installations by the artist, music and drama are ruptured by revolution, exile and scientific advancement, highlights include the film work Second-hand Readingthe installation O Sentimental Machine and The Refusal of Timean immersive work created with composer Philip Miller, projection designer Catherine Meyburgh, choreographer Dada Masilo, scientist Peter Galison and collaborators from around the world.
Until 15 January Titled Conversations in letters and lines,and running from 19 November until 19 Februarythe exhibition brings together the work of Kentridge and Koorland, who come from the same generation of South African artists.
Born in the s, they first met as university students in the mids and have been talking about art ever since. This exhibition foregrounds a friendship of nearly forty years and a dialogue which has been mutually enriching as the practice of each has informed that of the other.
The play held its premier at the Market Theatre 20 years ago, and after extensive international touring it returns to South Africa for a limited season.
The group show fills all the space inside the deconsecrated Church of San Francesco and, with works by 30 artists from different generations and different parts of the world, it illustrates the various ways in which video can be used as a narrative image-based tool.
At venues in the the Haus der Berliner Festspiele, as well as at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Kentridge will show both his performative pieces as well as his visual art work from 12 May to 13 July. Theatrical pieces include Winterreise, an evening of Schubert lieder, as well as Ubu and the Truth Commission created with the Handspring Puppet Company.
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