William Kentridge: Thick Time

This major exhibition comprises six large-scale installations by the renowned South African artist.

Whether they are monumental friezes, tapestries, works on paper, sculptures, installations, animated films or the opera productions he directs, William Kentridge's work always involves drawing. This new exhibition, though not a retrospective, combines all these multi-dimensional elements to produce assemblages that grapple with the concept of time, including sketches that are 'a way of thinking aloud'.

'It's trying to invent what time means, in the context of an exhibition of time-based work' he says. The show is centred around one of his greatest works, The Refusal of Time, which he first showed at Documenta, the important exhibition of contemporary art held in Kassel, Germany, in 2012. With five large screens, musical sequences and Kentridge speaking amid a bricolage of megaphones, metronomes, old typewriters and tripods, it is a dynamic meditation on the various theories of time. 

Read more about William Kentridge in the autumn issue of Art Quarterly, available exclusively to National Art Pass holders.


Venue details

Whitechapel Gallery 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London E1 7QX +44 (0)20 7522 7888 www.whitechapelgallery.org/

Entry details

£6 with National Art Pass (standard entry £11.95)

Tue – Sun, 11am – 6pm (Thu until 9pm)
Closed 24 – 26 Dec