This winter season, Hauser & Wirth brings the work of internationally renowned Johannesburg-based artist William Kentridge to Gstaad with two special presentations. Launching 17 December, the gallery has collaborated with the Gstaad Palace to present two large-scale sculptures by Kentridge, titled ‘Her’ (2022) and ‘Cape Silver’ (2018), which will be in dialogue with one another in the gardens of the Palace, also marking the !irst time that the artist has shown outdoor sculpture in Switzerland. Opening on the same date is a solo exhibition dedicated to Kentridge at Tarmak22, presenting work from the past four years, including a sound installation work alongside sculpture and tapestry.
Organized closely with Goodman Gallery, this is Kentridge’s second project with Hauser & Wirth, following his solo show in Hong Kong earlier this year. The presentation in Gstaad follows a major solo show at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, the biggest exhibition of the artist’s work in the UK to date.
One of the most prominent artists working today, William Kentridge was born in 1955 in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he currently lives and works. Growing up under the destructive pall of apartheid and as the son of human rights lawyers, Kentridge developed a strong sense of social responsibility from an early age. Over the past !ive decades, his practice has parsed and questioned the historical record – responding to the past as it ineluctably shapes our present – and, in doing so, has created a world that both mirrors and shadows the inequities and absurdities of our own. Through !ilm, performance, theatre, drawing, sculpture, painting and printmaking, the artist seeks to make sense of the world and the construction of meaning through the use of historical resources, such as literature, maps or language. His work brings viewers into awareness of how they see the world and navigate their way to more conscious modes of seeing and knowing.