The Nose by William Kentridge

William Kentridge I am not me, the horse is not mine, 2008. Image courtesy of William Kentridge and Goodman Galley

The Nose by William Kentridge

The South African artist William Kentridge (b. 1955 in Johannesburg) is one of the most highly regarded artists of our time. Museum Haus Konstruktiv is presenting this exceptional artist’s first comprehensive solo exhibition to be held in Switzerland. Here, the focus is on the multimedia cycle of works entitled “The Nose”, which is based on the eponymous surreal short story written by Nikolai Gogol in 1836.

William KentridgeI am not me, the horse is not mine, 2010.  Image courtesy of Willian Kentridge, Randy Hemminghaus and Goodman Gallery

In 2006, the Metropolitan Opera in New York commissioned William Kentridge to stage Dmitri Shostakovich’s opera of the same name (first performed in 1930 in Leningrad). In this context, a series of works were produced, which can be categorized as visual art, theater and film.

William KentridgeI am not me, the horse is not mine, 2008.  Courtesy the artist and Goodman Gallery

In addition to the large-scale video installation “I am not me, the horse is not mine”, which has previously been shown, for instance, at London’s Tate Modern in 2012, Museum Haus Konstruktiv is also exhibiting a number of little-known drawings, prints, paintings, sculptures and tapestries.

William KentridgeEnsemble (Costume Maquettes for The Nose), 2009/2015. Courtesy William Kentridge, Greta Goiris and Goodman Gallery

Kentridge himself describes this work-complex as an elegy for the artistic language of the Russian constructivists and their stimuli for social transformation. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue in German and English with essays by William Kentridge, Jane Taylor and Sabine Schaschl, published by “Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König”.

William Kentridge – The Nose
4 June to 6 September 2015
Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich


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