Basel - Exhibition

William Kentridge: A Poem That Is Not Our Own

Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart

08 Jun 201913 Oct 2019

The exhibition “A Poem That Is Not Our Own” is dedicated to the internationally acclaimed artist William Kentridge, featuring works from his early career, such as graphic art and films from the 1980s and 1990s, and more recent ones. Between them, the first adaptation for a museum of “The Head & The Load”, complex work which investigates the usually underestimated role of Africa in World War I. The three-floor Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwartspace hosts some elements adapted from the sumptuous piece, which premiered at the Tate Modern, London, in 2018, merging film projections, shadow play and real performers. The work is also accompanied by some additional video installations such as “More Sweetly Play the Dance” and “Shadow Procession”.


  • William Kentridge, William Kentridge, "More Sweetly Play the Dance", 2015 © William Kentridge, Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, ©studiohanswilschutEYEFILM

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