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William Kentridge: Five Themes Exhibition @ ACMI

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William Kentridge, Drawing for the film Stereoscope, 1999; Museum of Modern Art, New York; 2012 William Kentridge

The popular Star Voyager: Exploring Space on Screen exhibition at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) has now closed. However this Autumn, the ACMI folks have another winner on their hands with their new exhibition William Kentridge: Five Themes Exhibition.

This acclaimed exhibition was previously housed at MOMA in New York City and features three decades of William Kentridge's prints, drawings and animated films.

The South African artist's work often refers to social injustice, particularly in South Africa, and while at times the images can be blunt and brutal, the detailed works of art are equally strikingly beautiful. The exhibition is presented as five themes;

- Occasional and Residual Hope: Ubu and the Procession: The title refers to Ubu Roi and the selected works detail post-apartheid South Africa. There are wonderful ink prints which border on the surreal in this section.

-Thick Time: Soho and Felix: a selection of works featuring Kentridge's characters, the businessman Soho Eckstein and his alter ego, Felix Teitlebaum.

- Parcours d'Atelier: Artist in the Studio: this selection of work is composed of Kentridge's installation artworks from 1998 to 2006. This section includes a striking set of short films and drawings.

- Sarastro and the Master's Voice: The Magic Flute: a selection of work focusing on Kentridge's staging, design and direction of the opera The Magic Flute. Kentridge's set design for this opera was rich and intricate and in this section you can see all the preliminary sketches and designs, which demonstrate how Kentridge developed the concept. This section contains work from 2003 to 2007.

- Learning from the Absurd: The Nose: a selection of work focussing on Kentridge's staging, design and direction of the opera The Nose. This section contains Kentridge's most recent work - from 2007 to 2010.

This Gallery 1 exhibition gives a wonderful behind the scenes look at the artist's process and will run from Thursday 8 March until Sunday 27 May, 2012.

You can preview this exhibition over at the MOMA website and for further details on this exhibition, please visit the ACMI website.

Tickets are now on sale through ACMI and are priced at $17.50.

There is also a program of events coinciding with exhibition - key highlights include;

In Conversation with William Kentridge

William Kentridge: Anti-Entropy.

William Kentridge: Degrees of Separation.

Please see the complete program of events here.

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Why? Explore the art of William Kentridge
When: Thursday 8 March - Sunday 27 May 2012
Where: Federation Square, Flinders Street Melbourne VIC 3000
Cost: Full $17.50, Concession $12.50, ACMI Members $11
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