|William Kentridge, Act III, Scene 9, from the portfolio of eight etchings Ubu Tells the Truth, 1996. Courtesy of ACMI.|
Australian Centre for the Moving Image: March 8- May 27, 2012
William Kentridge: Five Themes is a survey of the artist's career divided into five primary themes that span across his extensive body of work. Kentridge is best known for dealing with the social and political issues of South Africa, his home, with colonial oppression and political conflict evident throughout this exhibition.
Separating the show into five distinct sections was a good idea given the sheer scale of the work involved and the fact that most audience members love to be guided as to how to view an exhibition. Far and away the most impressive work was housed under Theme Four: Sarastro and the Master's Voice: The Magic Flute. This section comprised of Kentridge's model theatres with a film projection of drawings and prints. Inspired by Mozart's opera The Magic Flute, Learning the Flute (2003)/ Preparing the Flute (2005) and Black Box/ Chambre Noire (2006) are exceptional.
|William Kentridge, History of the Main Complaint (still), 1996. Courtesy of ACMI.|
|William Kentridge, Invisible Mending (still), from 7 Fragments for Georges Méliès, 2003. Courtesy of ACMI.|
|William Kentridge, Drawing for the opera The Magic Flute, 2004-5. Courtesy of ACMI.|
|William Kentridge, His Majesty, the Nose (still), from the installation I am not me, the horse is not mine, 2008. Courtesy of ACMI.|