William Kentridge | The refusal of time

Music and Soundscape - Philip Miller
Video Editing - Catherine Meyburgh, Dramaturg - Peter Galison

13 February - 27 April 2014 | On show at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA)

The most significant international work of art purchased for your State Art CollectionThe Refusal of Time 2012 – will feature in the 2014 Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF). Presented for the first time in Australia at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA) as a partnership with both PIAF and PICA from February to April 2014, it promises to captivate and enthral Festival audiences. The Art Gallery of WA and its Foundation are grateful for the support of PICA and PIAF in joining us to present this exhibition of such a singularly important work.


William Kentridge - The refusal of time

The Refusal of Time is an immersive, five channel video installation and sculpture that reflects on residual elements of the hand-made in the nineteenth-century industrialised world and nationalist desires to ‘control time’. Video images will progress across the walls of the central main gallery at PICA, constantly moving to a wide variety of rhythms, all while a central wooden object, resembling both an accordion and an oil rig, beats out a constant pace.

William Kentridge is one of the most widely recognised artists in the world today. With a background in theatre and the visual arts, his work encompasses animation, drawing, sculpture, theatre, opera and performance. In concert with the vigour of his expressive material, the essence of his work is a nuanced, ongoing critique of, and response to, the colonial politics, history and scientific discoveries that shape the world. AGWA understood his importance early, acquiring a group of six, seminal video works in 1998.

This outstanding acquisition, enabled by the TomorrowFund, increases the Collection’s representation of this pivotally important artist. The refusal of time 2012 joins 13 works by Kentridge and introduces a new dimension that builds on the drawings, films and sculptures already in the State Art Collection.

The TomorrowFund is the Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation’s $25 million endowment for the purchase of contemporary art. The single aim of the TomorrowFund is to purchase the most important art of today for the people of tomorrow. This recent Kentridge acquisition demonstrates how the TomorrowFund is transforming the Gallery’s ability to add major works to your Collection and create a cultural legacy for future generations to enjoy.

On Time - A Public Lecture

William Kentridge will be in Perth during PIAF and he'll be presenting a special public lecture. This is a unique opportunity to hear Kentridge discuss his inspirations, collaborations and the refinement of his influential practice.

Date: Wednesday 19 February 2014

Time: 6-8pm
Location: Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre

Booking: SOLD OUT

Image Credit:
William Kentridge The Refusal of Time 2012

Music and Soundscape - Philip Miller

Video Editing - Catherine Meyburgh, Dramaturg - Peter Galison

Produced by Marian Goodman Gallery (New York and Paris), Lia Rumma Gallery (Naples and Milan), Goodman Gallery (Johannesburg and Cape Town) five-channel video with sound, megaphones, breathing machine ('elephants'). State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia. Purchased through the TomorrowFund, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2013
Photograph Matteo Monti, Courtesy Fondazione MAXXI, Rome

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