William Kentridge: Thick Time

Whitechapel Gallery

21 September 2016 – 15 January 2017

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This major exhibition comprises of 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. 

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

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