William Kentridge: The Refusal of Time

Auditorium, former Rissei Elementary School, Kyoto, Japan
08 Feb 2014 - 16 Mar 2014

William Kentridge’s large-scale video installation, The Refusal of Time (2012) will be presented as a prelude to Parasophia: Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture 2015, almost exactly a year in advance.

The Refusal of Time is a 5-channel video installation with a complex soundscape, megaphones, and a large breathing machine that Kentridge calls the ‘elephant.’   The work was made for Documenta 13 (Kassel, 2012), where its deep meditation on time and the rich visual experience it offers brought critical and popular acclaim from the hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world.

Press preview: Friday, February 7, 2–6pm
Auditorium, former Rissei Elementary School
310-2 Bizenjima-cho, Nakagyo-ku
Kyoto 604-8023 Japan

Lecture – William Kentridge: “Escaping One’s Fate: Commenting on The Refusal of Time
Saturday, February 22, 1–3pm
Ponto-cho Kaburenjo Theater 130 Hashishita-cho, Nakagyo-ku
Kyoto 604-8003


Parasophia:Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture 2015 is an international exhibition of contemporary art presented by the Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture Organizing Committee, which is formed by members of the Kyoto Association of Corporate Executives, Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto City, and other important figures of Kyoto’s financial and cultural communities that brings together the rich cultural heritage and the vibrant academic environment of Kyoto.



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