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SOTHEBY'S INSTITUTE — LONDON CONTEMPORARY ART LECTURES: TRIUMPHS AND LAMENTS BY WILLIAM KENTRIDGE
WHEN: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2016. 6.00PM
WHERE: BRUNEI GALLERY LECTURE THEATRE, SOAS, THORNHAUGH STREET, RUSSELL SQUARE, LONDON WC1H 0XG
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Sotheby's Institute — London Contemporary Art Lectures:

Triumphs and Laments by William Kentridge

William Kentridge, best known for animations commenting on the legacies of colonialism and apartheid in his native South Africa, will talk about Triumphs & Laments, a hugely ambitious project realised last year in Rome. With a team of assistants, he used high-pressure hoses to make an ephemeral, 500-metre long frieze on a retaining wall along the Tiber, creating a long succession of vignettes on Roman history by designing figures and then blasting away the pollution and moss around them.

The frieze tells the story of the Eternal City in memorably discontinuous terms, using images culled from a variety of sources, including one of Marcus Aurelius from the Campidoglio, Rome as a widow from a 14th-century illuminated manuscript and the dead Pasolini as he appeared in a newspaper photograph. For a concert that coincided with the completion of the project, Kentridge collaborated with the composer Philip Miller, under whose direction two marching bands proceeded along the river bank from opposite ends of the frieze. In his talk, Kentridge will outline this gargantuan site-specific engagement, touching on the challenges he faced and on the formal and narrative devices he used in his reflection on the successes (Triumphs) and tragedies (Laments) that have marked the history of Rome.

RSVP and join us for this lecture, organised by Sotheby's Institute of Art — London MA Contemporary Art faculty in conjunction with SOAS.

WHEN: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2016. 6.00PM

WHERE: BRUNEI GALLERY LECTURE THEATRE, SOAS, THORNHAUGH STREET, RUSSELL SQUARE, LONDON WC1H 0XG

RSVP


William KentridgeAbout William Kentridge

William Kentridge (born 1955, Johannesburg, South Africa) is a graphic artist, filmmaker, and theatre artist renowned for his sharp perspectives on colonialism and apartheid and their brutal legacies in South Africa. Best known for allegorical animations consisting of charcoal drawings that are erased and modified, frame by frame, Kentridge has explored disciplines ranging from sculpture to books, stereoscope to opera. His works are included in numerous international collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. His acclaimed production of Lulu premiered in November 2015 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. A selection of recent works is on display at the Whitechapel Gallery until January 2017.