William Kentridge, still from More Sweetly Play the Dance, 2015, 8-channel high definition video installation, 15:00 minutes, with 4 megaphones. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Purchased 2016. © William Kentridge courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery

William Kentridge: More Sweetly Play the Dance

Experience the acclaimed multi-sensory political work at the National Gallery of Canada.

South African artist William Kentridge’s More Sweetly Play the Dance encircles viewers in a seemingly endless parade of people. Featuring a dancing procession of animated drawings and videos, the 35-metre-long frieze of moving images and sound invites us to join in a danse macabre, while offering an opportunity to reflect on injustice and inhumanity.

 

 

Date

Saturday, December 14, 2019 to Sunday, November 8, 2020

Location

National Gallery of Canada Contemporary Galleries
380 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1N 9N4
Canada

I am interested in political art, that is to say, an art of ambiguity, contradiction, uncompleted gestures and uncertain endings. An art (and a politics) in which optimism is kept in check and nihilism at bay. The film itself...becomes part of a series of projects looking at the despair at the end of utopian projects...

– William Kentridge

 

William Kentridge, installation view of More Sweetly Play the Dance, 2015, at Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, 2016, 8-channel high definition video installation, 15:00 minutes, with 4 megaphones. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Purchased 2016. © William Kentridge courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery. Photo: Cathy Carver

 

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