UCCA Beijing

William Kentridge's Six Drawing Lessons: Full Screening+ Press Conference for the Chinese Edition of Kentridge’s Norton Lectures


Cinema Arts
Location:  Auditorium
Language:  Screening: English onlyConversation: Chinese only

In 2012, William Kentridge was selected by an esteemed panel to deliver the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures at Harvard University. The Norton Lectures, which invites outstanding scholars in architecture, music, drawing, and other art fields to give six lectures, is an annual lecture series started in 1925 by Professor Charles Eliot Norton at Harvard University. Six Drawing Lessons were the resulting lectures William Kentridge presented and have been translated into Chinese by UnRead.

As the premiere for Six Drawing Lessons in China, UCCA invites Zoe Diao, the assistant curator for William Kentidge's exhibition, and Yang Beichen, a senior editor at Artforum China, to discuss Kentridge's art practice during a full marathon screening of the six lectures.

Ticketing: Free


*Collect your ticket from reception 30 minutes before the event begins.

* Please no late entry.


Drawing Lesson One: In Praise of Shadows

William Kentridge's first of six "drawing lessons" makes the point that knowledge is in actuality subjective.

Length: 63 min.

Drawing Lesson Two: A Brief History of Colonial Revolts

In this lecture, William Kentridge argues that colonialism is, paradoxically, the logical culmination of the Enlightenment.

Length: 72 min.

Drawing Lesson Three: Vertical Thinking, a Johannesburg Biography

William Kentridge grapples with the legacy of South Africa's violent history in this lecture.

Length: 68 min.

Drawing Lesson Four: Practical Epistemology, Life in the Studio

Safe passage between the poles of passive acceptance and authoritarian subjugation is the theme that William Kentridge expounds upon in this lecture.

Length: 61 min.

Drawing Lesson Five: In Praise of Mistranslation

In this lecture, William Kentridge explores the concepts of otherness, deformation, and mistranslation.

Length: 53 min.

Drawing Lesson Six: Anti-entropy

In this lecture, William Kentridge seeks an answer to the question "Can we avoid the end of all potentiality?"

Length: 63 min.


William Kentridge

William Kentridge's work has been seen in museums and galleries around the world since the 1990s, including Documenta in Kassel, Germany (1997, 2002, 2012), the Museum of Modern Art in New York (1998, 2010), and the Metropolitan Museum, New York (2013). A substantial survey of Kentridge's work opened in Rio de Janeiro in 2012. This summer Kentridge has directed Alban's Berg's opera Lulu in a co-production of the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, the Metropolitan Opera in New York (November 2015), and the English National Opera in London. More Sweetly Play the Dance is conceived as an 8-channel video projection and is currently being exhibited at the EYE Film Institute in Amsterdam.


Yang Beichen (Senior Editor, Artforum China)

Zoe Diao (Assistant Curator, UCCA)