William Kentridge at the Whitechapel Gallery


The Whitechapel Gallery presents Thick Time, an exhibition of six large-scale installations by the South African master, ranging from the full spectrum of the arts including, visual arts, music, animation and filmed performances. The works explore Kentridge’s favourite themes such as evolution, exile and scientific advancement.

Highlights include the film work Second-hand Reading (2013), installation O Sentimental Machine (2015) and The Refusal of Time (2012), an immersive work created with composer Philip Miller, projection designer Catherine Meyburgh, choreographer Dada Masilo, scientist Peter Galison and collaborators from around the world.

The exhibition is co-produced with Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Austria and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark and tours to theWhitworth University of Manchester, England.

William Kentridge was born in 1954 in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he still lives. His major solo survey “Five Themes” has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Jeu de Paume, Paris, and Albertina Museum, Vienna, in 2010. The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the New Museum, New York, co-organized a retrospective in 2001, which followed one at the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels (1998). Group shows include the 16th Biennale of Sydney (2008), documenta 10 (1997) and 11 (2002), and the 20th Bienal de São Paulo (1989). In 2010 he received the Kyoto Prize for Arts and Philosophy. He was featured in dOCUMENTA (13) curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev.