William Kentridge: artist, performer and filmmaker

Rose Thompson
Victoria Hall
11 Oct 2022 8:00pm - 9:00pm
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This lecture will be in the Victoria Hall only (there will not be a zoom link available)

William Kentridge is South Africa’s most celebrated living artist. His globally acclaimed practice spans across etching, drawing, collage, film and sculpture to tapestry, theatre, opera, dance and music. The Johannesburg-born artist developed his early work during the apartheid regime of the 1980s, and his electrifying large-scale productions and animations have since been shown across the world.

He will be the subject of a major exhibition at the Royal Academy (24 September – 11 December 2022). Many pieces have never been seen before, and some have been made specifically for the show. We will find rooms of 4-metre wide tapestries, his signature charcoal trees and flowers, and the breath-taking three-screen film, Notes Towards a Model Opera. Watch as typewriters turn into trees, a hunted rhino somersaults with a megaphone, and a coffee plunger drills into the depths of a goldmine!

Image: William Kentridge, Enough of this Scandal, 2020. Indian ink on encyclopaedia pages. 277 x 222 cm. The Cross Steele Family Collection © William Kentridge

Rose Thompson is Assistant Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts. She graduated from the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2015 with an MA in Curating. She has worked in a number of editorial and curatorial roles at contemporary arts institutions including Afterall, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Whitstable Biennale and Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, and was Associate Lecturer on the MA Curating programme at the University of Kent.

Members: Free, Online or Victoria Hall
Non-Members: £5, Online or Victoria Hall
Please book by 1pm on the day of the event