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William Kentridge, "More Sweetly Play the Dance", 2015
William Kentridge

More Sweetly Play the Dance

William Kentridge’s expansive oeuvre is characterised by its narratives connected to history, memory and forgetfulness, which he addresses through the lens of his native South Africa.

The exhibition at Mudam presents Kentridge’s new films Sibyl (2020) and City Deep (2020), the most recent of his Drawings for Projection, a series of films that date back to 1989 and feature the artist’s alter-egos Soho Eckstein and Felix Teitelbaum. Presented in the museum’s East Gallery they will form part of a landscape composed of large and small-scale drawings, works on paper and sculptures that reveal Kentridge’s ever-evolving lexicon of narrative forms. The multichannel projection More Sweetly Play the Dance (2015), a dramatic and immersive installation, is presented in the museum’s West Gallery. In Mudam’s Great Hallthe sound installation, Almost Don’t Tremble (2019), produced by Kentridge in collaboration with Philip Miller, Neo Muyanga, Kyle Shepherd, Waldo Alexander, and Nhlanhla Mahlangu, a group of composers from South Africa, will be presented alongside a monumental drawing created by the artist for the exhibition.

A defining theme of the exhibition is Kentridge’scontinued engagement with the construction of meaning, through visual composition, language, sound, and time – as historic time, geological time, operatic time and studio time. The exhibition revolves around Kentridge’s new work for the stage, Waiting for the Sibyl (2019), co-commissioned by the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg and Dramaten in Stockholm as a companion work to the 1968 opera, Work in Progress, by Alexander Calder (b. 1898, Lawnton – d.1976, New York).

William Kentridge. More Sweetly Play the Dance is part of the second edition of Luxembourg’s red bridge project, an interdisciplinary collaboration between Mudam Luxembourg, Philharmonie Luxembourg and Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg. A programme of live performance and special events will accompany the exhibition. The programme at Mudam includes the performance A Guided Tour of the Exhibition: For Soprano with Handbag, featuring the Australian singer Joanna Dudley.

The exhibition is accompanied by an artist’s book, Waiting for the Sibyl (Walther König, Mudam Luxembourg).

Biography:
William Kentridge (b. 1955, Johannesburg) has held solo exhibitions at LaM, Villeneuve-d’Ascq (2020); Kunstmuseum Basel (2019); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2017); National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (2015); Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2013); Tate Modern, London (2012); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2002) and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. (2002). His work has been included in major international surveys including Documenta in Kassel (2012, 2002, 1997) and the 51st, 48th and 45th Venice Biennial (2005, 1999, 1993). He is the recipient of the Praemium Imperial Award (2019), Penagos Prize for Drawing of the MAPFRE Foundation (2014), the Kyoto Prize (2010), the Goslaer Kaiserring (2003) and the Carnegie Prize (2000). His works for stage include The Head and the Load (2018), Wozzeck (2017), The Nose (2010) and The Magic Flute (2005). He lives and works in Johannesburg.

Credits

Curator:
  • Suzanne Cotter
    Assisted by Christophe Gallois and Nelly Taravel

Exhibition design:
  • Sabine Theunissen
    Assited by Julie Vandendael

Within the framework of: