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Major William Kentridge retrospective to open in Cape Town in August

A major exhibition of work by one of South Africa's most well-known exports, internationally acclaimed artist William Kentridge, is set to excite Cape Town.

It will be the largest held in Africa in over a decade, hosted simultaneously in two parts by the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MoCAA) in the V&A Waterfront's Silo District and the Norval Foundation in Steenberg Estate.

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The Zeitz MoCAA retrospective is titled Why Should I Hesitate: Putting Drawings to Work, while the parallel Norval exhibit will focus on sculpture.

CapeTalk's Africa Melane finds out more from Tammy Langtry, assistant curator for performative practice at Zeitz MoCAA.

Langtry says they are working closely with Kentridge and his various studios to make sure the exhibition reflects his immense and varied body of work.

The artist has 40+ years of artistic practise that we're trying to condense into our museum space.

Tammy Langtry, Assistant curator for performative practice - Zeitz MOCAA

He's got a number of different studios - a primary studio in Johannesburg and then various others that look at different kinds of mediums like tapestry, sculpture and performance animation.

Tammy Langtry, Assistant curator for performative practice - Zeitz MOCAA

Langtry says what she'd like visitors to take away with them, is having learnt something about art and artmaking, as well as South African history.

In Kentridge's work you really get the understanding of how he's adapted artistic processes.

Tammy Langtry, Assistant curator for performative practice - Zeitz MOCAA

Kentridge has been the eye on what's been happening politically and historically in our country and further afield... I think people are going to learn a lot, it's going to be quite a dense exhibition.

Tammy Langtry, Assistant curator for performative practice - Zeitz MOCAA

The exhibition will run for around seven months into March 2020 after it opens on 25 August.

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