William Kentridge: In Praise of Shadows

The Broad, Los Angeles, United States
12 Nov 2022 - 09 Apr 2023

William Kentridge, In Praise of Shadows (Detail), 2022. Courtesy of The Broad

William Kentridge, In Praise of Shadows (Detail), 2022. Courtesy of The Broad

The Broad announces the exhibition William Kentridge: In Praise of Shadows, running from November 12, 2022 to April 9, 2023. As Kentridge’s first major exhibition in Los Angeles in two decades, this expansive survey will feature more than 130 works spanning thirty-five years of the artist’s career, including drawings, sculptures, prints, tapestries, theater sets, and film animation. Timed to the show will be an ambitious program of events, talks, and performances that connect with Kentridge’s rich history of incorporating a vast array of disciplines within his wide-ranging practice.

Surveying 35 years of the celebrated South African artist’s practice, this landmark exhibition includes all 18 works from the Broad collection with substantial loans from across the United States and South Africa. Curated by Ed Schad, the exhibition is organized both thematically and chronologically throughout the museum’s first-floor galleries. A highlight of the exhibition is The Broad collection’s 30-minute five-channel video and multimedia installation The Refusal of Time (2012).

Highlights of newly announced public programming will connect live musicians, poets, writers, and performers with the underlying themes of Kentridge’s work, such as the legacy of colonialism, racism, and building resilience against these historical structures.

Kentridge grew up in Apartheid-era Johannesburg, and he has continued to live there throughout his life. His studio practice is inherently collaborative and expansive, spanning drawing, filmmaking, printmaking, sculpture, theater, opera, and installation. In addition to key drawings, sculptures, prints, and tapestries featured at The Broad, the artist’s 11 Drawings for Projection films will be on view, as well as a series of films that reflect on early cinema, including 7 Fragments for Georges Méliès, Day for Night, and Journey to the Moon (all 2003), a suite of nine short films that prominently feature the artist himself and celebrate the artist’s studio as a site of experimentation and associative play.

Many recent drawings will be shown that were created for his monumental performance project The Head & the Load (2018), which unearth the neglected histories of Africans and Africa in World War I. Important early works rarely or never before seen in the United States—such as Domestic Scenes (1980) (54 etchings tied to Kentridge’s work in theater) the Art in a State of Grace, Art in a State of Hope, Art in a State of Siege (all 1988)—show Kentridge’s long-lasting political engagement, upholding artistry and the creative act as its own form of transformative knowledge.




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