South African artist William Kentridge (b. 1955) has become famous for his timelapse animation movies and installations, as well as his activities as an opera and theater director. This book offers a unique selection of Kentridge’s work curated for Sint-Janshospitaal in Bruges—at 800 years one of Europe’s oldest surviving hospital buildings—organized around the themes of trauma, healing and compassion. The book features an introduction by Margaret K. Koerner, and also includes essays by diverse distinguished contributors: Benjamin H.D. Buchloh considers Kentridge’s alternate reception of the historical avant-garde from a perspective of exile; Joseph Leo Koerner explores the artist’s work as a self-styled process of “working through” in which the past simultaneously disfigures and redeems; and Harmon Siegel examines Kentridge’s approach to film history.
Bruges, Memlingmuseum, 21 October 2017 – 25 February 2018