ADELAIDE.- The Art Gallery of South Australia
presents William Kentridge: That which we do not remember. This landmark exhibition, curated by the artist himself, traces the arc of Kentridges prolific thirty-year career, providing rare insights into the artists creative processes.
Considered one of the most powerful voices in art today, William Kentridge emerged as an artist during the apartheid regime in South Africa. Grounded in the violent absurdity of that period in his countrys history, Kentridges practice spans drawing, collage, animation, performance, theatre, tapestry and sculpture. Significant to the exhibition, a selection of artworks from the Naomi Milgrom Collection presents a union of art, ideology, history and memory formed throughout the artists career.
Designed by Sabine Theunissen, the exhibition is ingeniously installed as a series of intimate encounters. Visitors are invited to step into cork-lined pods for a transformative experience of the moving image. Kentridge brings his drawings to life, with visitors surrounded by sound and image throughout this immersive exhibition. Audiences will also experience a rare insight into Kentridges working methods, with a re-creation of the artists studio situated within the exhibition.
The exhibition William Kentridge: That which we do not remember is the result of Naomi Milgroms close collaboration with Kentridge and features significant loans from both the Naomi Milgrom Collection and the artists studio. Major works include video installation I am not me, the horse is not mine, charcoal Eight figures and the collage on paper Drawings for 7 Fragments for George Mèliès, Day for Night and Journey to the Moon.
Naomi Milgrom AO has had a longstanding fascination with the work of William Kentridge and explains, Over the years I have treasured Williams work and his friendship. Having initiated this project Ive enjoyed the opportunity to work closely with him and Sabine. William is an artist of immense dexterity and enduring complexity fusing opera and animation, drawing and language its been a privilege to share my collection and allow free access to his extraordinary work.
A version of this exhibition was previously presented at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and was met with critical acclaim.
Kentridge's work embraces the microcosm and the macrocosm, the vast sweep of human history and the minutiae of everyday life. It's profoundly serious and completely absurd
There is nobody in the upper echelons of contemporary art quite like South Africa's William Kentridge. -John McDonald, Sydney Morning Herald