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

Temporarily Closed

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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