William Kentridge’s That Which We Do Not Remember marks the year-end at Goodman Gallery Cape Town.
Untitled (Drawing from Wozzeck). Picture: Stella Olivier

William Kentridge’s That Which We Do Not Remember gives unique insight into his prolific practice.  

Recently ranked 58th on Art Review’s Power 100 and last year’s recipient of Spain’s prestigious Princess Of Asturias Award for Art, 2017 saw Kentridge have nothing short of a bumper year.

Solo exhibition ‘Enough and More Than Enough’

Since his last solo exhibition at Goodman Gallery in South Africa in 2016, he has created a 550m-long frieze in Rome; Thick Time has toured from the Whitechapel Gallery (London) to the Museum der Moderne Salzburg and the Louisiana Museum (Denmark); and he currently has a major solo exhibition, titled Enough and More Than Enough, at the Reina Sofía in Madrid.

That Which We Do Not Remember
William Kentridge, Houghton, Johannesburg, South Africa. Picture: Marc Shoul

His 2017/2018 solo exhibition in Cape Town presents major new work by Kentridge, spanning two recent opera productions, Lulu and Wozzeck, and several projects in between.

That Which We Do Not Remember highlights his intricate interconnected projects over the past two years –  bringing together drawings, prints, sculpture, tapestries, a kinetic model theatre as well as a 360° virtual reality film – many of which are rooted in the artist’s distinctive charcoal drawing.

Untitled (Drawing from Wozzeck
Untitled (Drawing from Wozzeck). Picture: Stella Olivier

‘Right Into Her Arms’

While some works have debuted in South Africa, others have shown abroad and will be accessible to local audiences for the first time.

The exhibition extends into the Goodman Gallery’s Video Room with the kinetic model theatre Right Into Her Arms, assembled from film material made while developing the production of Lulu.

“Kentridge’s sketchy, fragmented examination of history’s underbelly is reaching more than just art audiences; his stage direction and set design for celebrated productions of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck (1925) and Lulu (1937) currently tour the globe. And if all that wasn’t enough, the artist also set up The Centre for the Less Good Idea – an art foundation in Johannesburg that provides a ‘safe space for uncertainty, doubt, stupidity and, at times, failure” – Art Review

That Which We Do Not Remember
Picture: Stella Olivier

Who: William Kentridge
What: That Which We Do Not Remember
Where: Goodman Gallery Cape Town, South Africa
When: 30 November, 2017 – 13 January, 2018
Gallery hours: Tuesday – Friday, 9.30am – 5.30pm, Saturday 10am – 4pm
Info: 021 462 7573/4, www.goodman–gallery.com