Double Vision

Albrecht Dürer & William Kentridge

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Interview with William Kentridge
Texts by Klaus Krüger, Andreas Schalhorn, Elke Anna Werner, Nadine Rottau, Michael Roth, and Marlies Breuss

German / English
24 x 32 cm
208 Pages
241 ills.

ISBN 978-3-944874-37-1 (German/English)

/ Two visionaries in dialogue

/ Catalogue for the major exhibition at the Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin, November 20, 2015 – March 6, 2016

William Kentridge (b. 1955 in Johannesburg), one of the most important artists of our time, frequently makes reference in his works to the printed oeuvre of the great German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer (1471–1529). He incorporates Dürer’s pictorial ideas and individual motifs and, like Dürer, strategically employs the striking interplay of black lines and white paper to create his visual worlds. This results in a unique perspective on the medium of the black-and-white print.The juxtaposition of works by Kentridge and Dürer underscores the similarities and differences of the two artists in terms of media, aesthetics, and content. Starting from Kentridge’s critical review of modernity, which challenges the era’s claim to rationality and sophistication, the focus then shifts to the art of Dürer, whose works reflect the profound political, religious, and social upheavals at the dawn of the modern period. What emerges is two eras in dynamic dialogue.

Exhibition at Kulturforum, Berlin, from November 20, 2015, to March 6, 2016.Exhibition at Staatliche Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe, from September 10, 2016, to January 8, 2017

An exhibition by DFG-Transferproject »Evidenz ausstellen«, Freie Universität Berlin and Kupferstichkabinett der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin.