William Kentridge

William Kentridge is a South African artist born 28 April 1955 in Johannesburg. William Kentridge is best known for his Modern Art prints, drawings, and animated films. William Kentridge constructs his works by filming a drawing, making erasures and changes, and filming it again. He continues this process meticulously, giving each change to the drawing a quarter of a second to two seconds’ screen time. A single drawing will be altered and filmed this way until the end of a scene. These palimpsest-like drawings are later displayed along with the films as finished pieces of art.

In 2016, his solo exhibition “Thick Time” opened at White Chapel Gallery in London to critical acclaim, evoking 1920s-era technology and Dadaist collage. Kentridge has also directed several operas, most notably the 2017 production Wozzeck.The artist continues to live and work in Johannesburg, South Africa. Kentridge’s works are held in the collections The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Tate Gallery in London, and the Goetz Collection in Munich, among others.

William Kentridge African Modern Artist MoMAA
William Kentridge

1989 Johannesburg, 2nd Greatest City After Paris (part of the Drawings for Projection)
1990 Monument (part of the Drawings for Projection)
1991 Mine (part of the Drawings for Projection)
1991 Sobriety, Obesity & Growing Old (part of the Drawings for Projection)
1994 Felix in Exile (part of the Drawings for Projection)
1996 History of the Main Complaint (part of the Drawings for Projection)
1996-97 Ubu Tells the Truth

William Kentridge African Modern Artist MoMAA
William Kentridge
  • 1998 Weighing… and Wanting (part of the Drawings for Projection)
  • 1999 Stereoscope (part of the Drawings for Projection)
  • 1999 Shadow Procession
  • 2001 Medicine Chest
  • 2003 Automatic Writing
  • 2003 Tide Table (part of the Drawings for Projection)
  • 2003 Journey to the Moon
  • 2009 Kentridge and Dumas in Conversation
  • 2011 Other Faces (part of the Drawings for Projection)
  • 2015 Notes Toward a Model Opera


1997 Documenta X, Kassel
1998 São Paulo Biennial
1998 The Drawing Center, New York
1999 Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art
1999 Venice Biennial
1999 Carnegie International
2000 Bienal de la Habana, Havana
2000 Artlook South Africa, Gahlberg Gallery, College of DuPage
2002 Documenta 11, Kassel, Germany
2003 Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg
2004 Metropolitan Museum, New York
2005 Musée d’art Contemporain, Montreal
2006 Johannesburg Art Gallery
2006 Salzburg Museum der Moderne
2006 Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey
2006 Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
2007 Smith College Art Museum
2007 Museum of Modern Art, New York
2007 University of Brighton Gallery
2007 Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
2008 Williams College Museum of Art
2008 Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2008 Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
2008 William Kentridge Seeing Double, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
2009 Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art
2009 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
2009 Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
2009 Henry Art Gallery, Seattle
2009 The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
2009 The Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach
2010 Museum of Modern Art, New York
2010 The Jewish Museum (New York), New York
2010 Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima
2010 Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center


2010 Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
2010 Jeu de Paume, Paris; In parallel with the Five Themes exhibition at the Jeu de Paume in Paris (2010), the artist was featured at the Louvre. The Louvre show, Carnets d’Egypte, included drawings of the artist, presented next to works from the museum collections, and videos shown in Louis XIVth’s bed.
2010 Louvre, Paris
2010 William Kendtridge: Five Themes, Albertina Museum
2011 Israel Museum, Jerusalem
2011 MOMA, New York City
2011 MACO, Oaxaca
2011 Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow
2011 Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest
2012 Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne
2012 Jewish History Museum, Amsterdam
2012 dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel Germany
2012 Instituto Moreira Salles, Rio de Janeiro
2013 Volte Gallery, Mumbai India
2013 mac, Birmingham, England
2013 MAXXI, Rome
2013 Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo
2014 Fortune: Banco de la República
2015 William Kentridge: Tapestries, Kewening Galerie
2015 EYE Film Institute Netherlands, Amsterdam: If We Ever Get To Heaven (till 31 August)
2015 Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich: William Kentridge – The Nose (4 June to 6 September)
2015 Royal Academy Summer show
2016 Whitechapel Gallery – Thick Time (21 September 2016 to 15 January 2017)
2017 Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark.
2017 Museum der Moderne Salzburg, – Thick Time (29 July – 5 November 2017)
2017/18 Old St. John’s Hospital/Memlingmuseum, Bruges: Smoke, Ashes Fable
2018 Liebieghaus, Frankfurt am Main: O Sentimental Machine
2018/199 Centro de las Artes de San Agustín (CaSa), Oaxaca: “More Sweetly Play the Dance” (Opened 4 November 2018)

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