UCCA Beijing

A Day of Peripheral Thinking—William Kentridge Peripheral Thinking


Location:  UCCA Pavilion
Language:  English with Chinese translation

Apart from his drawings and animations, William Kentridge's notes on his practice have also become a part of his creative output. The artist first worked in this format in a series of talks given as a part of Harvard University's prestigious Norton Lectures, in which he discussed his distinctive studio methods.

Peripheral Thinking compiles the artist's notes on Notes Towards a Model Opera. The lecture centers on Paris—the birthplace of ballet—and describes an arch of modernity that connects historical nodes as disparate as Johannesburg and Shanghai.

In this multimedia presentation, Kentridge offers his own interpretation of Notes Towards a Model Opera and its presentation in China, beginning with a discussion on the appropriate way to eat mangos before expanding the conversation to politics, art, culture, and society.

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William Kentridge

William Kentridge (b. 1955, Johannesburg) is a world-renowned contemporary artist working in a wide range of media, including theater, painting, film, and animation, among others. His art touches upon issues of South African apartheid as well as this era’s history, philosophy, literature, theater, as well as early film and theater. He is the winner of the 2010 Kyoto Prize, and he received an honorary doctorate from the Royal College of Art, London, in 2010 and Yale University in 2013. His work has been shown in numerous museums and galleries around the world, including the Tate Modern (London, 2012), the Louvre (Paris, 2010), and the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2010).