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Thick Time

16.2.2017 - 18.6.2017

For the first time in Scandinavia Louisiana presented a major solo exhibition of the South African artist William Kentridge, who is known all over the world for his drawings, films, sculp­tures, performances and opera and drama productions.

William Kentridge is born 1955 in Johannesburg, where he still resides and has his studio. He had his breakthrough in the early 1990s with poetic black-and-white stop-motion films, but since the turn of the millennium he has developed his formal idiom and combined his love of both the film and theatre world in a series of overwhelming installations – environments, or a kind of theatrical stages in which the viewer is enveloped and overwhelmed by compositions consisting of moving images, music and sculptural objects.

At the heart of the exhibition was humanity; colonized, regulated, oppressed, fleeing or dreaming humanity. With great humor, empathy and poetry Kentridge’s works show how human beings navigate the world, and how much we are marked by and subject to mappings, concepts of time and ideology.

William Kentridge – Thick Time was organized in collaboration with Whitechapel Gallery, London, Museum der Moderne Salzburg and The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.

C. L. Davids Fond og Samling has supported the exhibition.


William Kentridge – Thick Time focused on a number of the artist’s distinctive works from the period 2003-2016, among others Right Into Her Arms (2016), O Sentimental Machine (2015) and More Sweetly Play the Dance (2015). Naturally the new acquisition to the Louisiana Collection The Refusal of Time (2012) - a masterly installation first shown here in the spring of 2016 - was also a part of the presentation as was an entirely new work that Kentridge prepared specifically for the exhibition at Louisiana.


An excerpt from the flipbook film Second-hand Reading (2013), where Kentridge draws on the pages of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary.

More Sweetly Play the Dance (2015) is a moving, festive and dark drama of sound and images — see an excerpt from the work here.

In the performative and humorous work Drawing Lesson no. 47 (2010) William Kentridge interviews himself.

William Kentridge presents his work, his philosophy and method of making art in this interview with Louisiana Channel, 2014.


A selection of William Kentridge's works can be viewed as moving images in the exhibition catalogue. To view the video sequences download AN ART app to your smartphone or tablet:

The exhibition catalogue can be purchased in Louisiana Butik at the museum.

When you have downloaded AN ART app you will be able to scan images marked with a red arrow in the catalogue. When the app recognizes the images in the catalogue—the whole image must be visible on your mobile or tablet screen—it will download the connected video sequence and the augmented reality experience will begin.

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