William Kentridge

As politically engaged as they are expressive, lyrical and poetic, Kentridge creates works ranging from prints, drawings, video work and sculpture in order to investigate pre- and post-apartheid South Africa. Often possessing an autobiographical quality, a work by Kentridge analyses his life in apartheid South Africa as a white Jewish male and his relationship to the suffering that was occurring around him by the black South African majority. William Kentridge is perhaps most known for his practice of creating and then erasing charcoal drawings, all the while recording the entire process. 

World on its Hind Legs was conceived as a public art piece by Kentridge and his long-time collaborator Gerhard Marx. The image is based on Kentridge’s drawings for an Italian newspaper in which he addressed the Italian invasion of Abyssinia (now Ethiopia) in 1935. While the world appears so powerful and direct in its stride, this composition can only be seen from two vantage points, suggesting the fragile and tenuous nature of how the world is held together.

Selected Exhibitions

Performa, New York, Performa 17
Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, William Kentridge: O Sentimental Machine

Whitechapel Gallery, London, William Kentridge: Thick Time
Lia Rumma, Milan, WILLIAM KENTRIDGE - Triumphs, Laments and other Processions
Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, William Kentridge: Notes Towards a Model Opera

BAM, Brooklyn, Refuse the Hour
EYE Film Institute Netherlands, Amsterdam, William Kentridge - If We Ever Get to Heaven


Lia Rumma, Napoli, WILLIAM KENTRIDGE "Sketches for a Neapolitan mosaic"



ESSL MUSEUM - KUNST DER GEGENWART, Klosterneuburg, Austria
T-B A21 - Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, Austria
Berardo Museum - Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal
Hiscox Art Projects, London (England), United Kingdom
Royal College of Art Galleries, London (Englan, United Kingdom
Tate Britain, London (England), United Kingdom
Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton (England) United Kingdom
MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, USA
MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York Ci