Compiled by Sean O’Toole

2010 to 2019

William Kentridge - Chronology - 2010



Establishes second, larger studio at Arts on Main precinct in central Johannesburg, used mainly for larger sculptural work and performance workshops


Creates Carnets d’Egypte, two cycles of films titled Carnets d’Egypte (Salle 26), suite of ten films, and Carnets d’Egypte (les livres), suite of four films, both video, using drawing, animation, live acting by WK; premieres at Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film

Directs The Nose, opera by Dmitri Shostakovich, The Metropolitan Opera, New York; travels to Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and Opera de Lyon, revival at Metropolitan Opera in 2013

Creates Telegrams from the Nose, collaboration with Francois Sarhan (composer), performed by Francois Sarhan and the Ictus Ensemble, Happy New Festival, Kortrijk; travels to Holland Festival, Amsterdam, Musée du Louvre, Paris, and Centre Pompidou, Metz

Sounds from the Black Box, concert of music composed by Philip Miller for WK’s films, performed live by Ensemble Pi, Palazzo Reale, Milano; travels to World Financial Center Winter Garden, New York

Performs in Playing on Image, live concert with projected films and performances, with Philip Miller and Jill Richards, Arts on Main, Johannesburg


William Kentridge: Ambivalent Affinities (solo), Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois

William Kentridge: Carnets d’Egypte (solo), Musée du Louvre, Paris

William Kentridge: Breathe, Dissolve, Return (solo), Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris


Honorary Doctorate of the Royal College of Art, Royal College of Art, London

Kyoto Prize for contributions in the field of Arts and Philosophy, Inamori Foundation, Kyoto



Makes Anti-Mercator, 35mm film and video using drawing, animation, live actors, video transfer, 9:45 min

Makes Other Faces, 35mm animated film, video transfer, 9:54 min, tenth animated film in series Drawings for Projection

Creates Refuse the Hour, collaboration with Philip Miller (composer), Dada Masilo (choreography and dance), Catherine Meyburgh (video construction and editing) and Peter Galison (dramaturge) theatre piece using projections, a dancer, actors, machines, live musicians and singers, 80:00 min, premieres at The Market Theatre, Johannesburg; travels to Quartier d’Éte festival, Paris, ImpulsTanz, Vienna, SchauspielHaus, Hamburg, Design Indaba, Cape Town, BAM, New York, Perth International Arts Festival, Foreign Affairs: International Performing Arts Festival, Berlin


William Kentridge (solo), Seagull Editions, Calcutta

William Kentridge (solo), Galleria Lia Rumma, Milan

La Negation du Temps – Prologue (solo), Le Laboratoire, Paris

William Kentridge: Other Faces (solo), Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

I am not me, the horse is not mine (solo), Cité du Livre, Aix-en-Provence

Chostakovitch (solo), Atelier Cézanne, Aix-en-Provence

William Kentridge: Other Faces (solo), Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

Impressions from South Africa, 1965 to Now (group), curated by Judith B. Hecker, Museum of Modern Art, New York; shows Casspirs Full of Love (1989) and Walking Man (2000)


Honorary Member, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York

MASSART President’s Award for Creative Achievement, Boston

Southern Graphics Council International Award for Lifetime Achievement in Printing, St. Louis

International Art Critics Association Award, New York (for performance of I am not me, the horse is not mine, in conjunction with Performa 11

Doctor of Literature Honoris Causa, London University, London



Presents Six Drawing Lessons, series of six lectures for Eliot Norton Professorship of Poetry, Harvard University, Cambridge; presented again in 2013 at Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg; in 2014 at SchauspielHaus, Hamburg; again in 2016 at Foreign Affairs: International Performing Arts Festival, Berlin

Creates The Refusal of Time, collaboration with Philip Miller and Catherine Meyburgh, five-channel video installation with four megaphones and breathing machine, 35mm film and video with animation, live action, stills, video transfer, 28:00 min)


William Kentridge: No se unirá usted al baile (solo), Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga

William Kentridge: Universal Archive (parts 7–23) (solo), Annandale Galleries, Sydney

MCA DNA: William Kentridge (solo), Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago

William Kentridge: Fortuna (solo), Instituto Moreira Salles, Rio de Janeiro, travels to Fundação Iberê Camargo, Porto Alegre, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo, Museo de Arte Moderno, Medellin, Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City and Museo Amparo, Puebla

William Kentridge: I am not me, the horse is not mine (solo), Tate Modern, London

William Kentridge: Vertical Thinking (solo), MAXXI – Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome

William Kentridge as Printmaker (solo), The Blue Coat, Liverpool, travels to Mac, Birmingham, QUAD, Derby, and University of Northumbria Gallery, Newcastle

William Kentridge: No, It Is (solo), Goodman Gallery, Cape Town

dOCUMENTA (13), curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Kassel; shows The Refusal of Time (2012)

Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life (group), curated by Okwui Enwezor with Rory Bester, International Centre of Photography, New York, shows Mine (1991), Felix in Exile (1994) and Weighing and Wanting (1998); travels to Haus der Kunst, Munich, Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea Milano, Milan, and Museum Africa, Johannesburg


Member of the American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia

Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge

Member of the Académie Royale des Sciences, des Lettres, et des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Brussels

Commandeur dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France

Laureate of the Dan David Prize (for the Present Time Dimension in the Field of Plastic Arts), Tel Aviv University



WK in public conversation with father, Sydney Kentridge, in context of exhibition The Rise and Fall of Apartheid, Haus der Kunst, Munich


Creates Second-hand Reading, with Neo Muyanga, HD video, 7:01 min

Delivers Thinking on one’s feet: A walking tour of the studio (lecture) and Pictures and Texts (symposium), part of the Humanitas 2013 Visiting Professorship in Contemporary Art, Universities of Oxford and Cambridge

Delivers public lecture Listening to the Image, Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, University of Chicago


William Kentridge: Poems I Used to Know (solo), Volte Gallery, Mumbai

William Kentridge: The Refusal of Time (solo), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

William Kentridge: Second-hand Reading (solo), Marian Goodman Gallery, New York


Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, Yale University

Distinguished Visiting Humanist, University of Rochester, New York



Creates and directs Paper Music, collaboration with Philip Miller, Ann Masina, Joanna Dudley (vocals) and Vincenzo Pasquariello (piano), 60:00 min, premieres at Bargello Museum, Florence; travels to Carnegie Hall, New York, Foreign Affairs: International Performing Arts Festival, Berlin, Cité de la Musique at the Philharmonie de Paris, and Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris (2017); Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg (2021)

Directs Winterreise, composed by Franz Schubert, with Matthias Goerne (vocals) and Markus Hinterhäuser (piano), premieres at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence; travels to Teatro dei Rinnovati, Siena, Singapore International Festival of Arts, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Lincoln Center, New York, Foreign Affairs: International Performing Arts Festival, Berlin

Delivers lecture A Dream of Love Reciprocated: History & the Image, Humboldt University, Berlin, as part of Mosse Lecture series


William Kentridge: The Refusal of Time (solo), Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; travels to Parasophia, Kyoto, Perth International Arts Festival, Johannesburg Art Gallery, EMMA, Helsinki, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio,

Refusal of Time (solo), Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio

William Kentridge: Drawings: East Rand Proprietary Mines Cash Book (solo), Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

William Kentridge: Tapestries (solo), Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg


Honorary Doctor of Literature, University of Cape Town



Felicia Kentridge, WK’s mother, dies


Creates More Sweetly Play the Dance, eight-channel video installation with four megaphones, sound, HD video, video construction Janus Fouché, 15:00 min

Creates Notes Towards a Model Opera, collaboration with choreographer and dancer Dada Masilo and Philip Miller, three-channel HD video projection, 11:22 min

Creates O Sentimental Machine, five-channel video installation with four megaphones, sound, HD video, 9:55 min

Directs Lulu, opera by Alban Berg, premieres at Dutch National Opera; travels to Metropolitan Opera, New York, English National Opera, London, and Teatro Dell’Opera, Rome

Delivers lecture Peripheral Thinking at Design Indaba 2015, Cape Town; travels to MUAC, Mexico City, Europalia Festival Brussels, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong, and Yale University

Delivers lecture O Sentimental Machine, as the 2015–16 Belknap Visitor in the Humanities, Princeton University, Princeton


William Kentridge: The Refusal of Time (solo), Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town

William Kentridge: If We Ever Get to Heaven (solo), EYE Film Institute Netherlands, Amsterdam

William Kentridge: The Nose (solo), HausKonstruktiv Zurich

William Kentridge: Notes Towards a Model Opera (solo), Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing; travels to National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul

William Kentridge: More Sweetly Play the Dance (solo), Marian Goodman Gallery, London

William Kentridge: LULU (solo), Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

Double Vision: Albrecht Durer / William Kentridge (two-artist exhibition), Freie Universität Berlin and the Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

All the World’s Futures (group), 56th Venice Biennale, curated by Okwui Enwezor, Venice

Saltwater: A Theory of Thought Forms (group), 14th Istanbul Biennial, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Istanbul


Honorary Academician of the Royal Academy of Arts, London

Association Internationale du Film d’Animation Prize, Krakow

Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, School of the Art Institute of Chicago



Creates Triumphs and Laments, monumental frieze along the banks of the Tiber River, Rome, inaugurated with performance events directed by composers Philip Miller and Thuthuka Sibisi, in collaboration with local street musicians

Creates A Guided Tour of the Exhibition: for Soprano with Handbag, with Joanna Dudley, multimedia lecture performed by Dudley, 40:00 min, premieres at Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, as part of Foreign Affairs: International Performing Arts Festival; travels in 2021 to Mudam: Musée d’art moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg


William Kentridge: More Sweetly Play the Dance (solo), Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

William Kentridge: Notes Towards a Model Opera (solo), Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

William Kentridge: Triumphs, Laments and Other Processions (solo), Galleria Lia Rumma, Milan

William Kentridge: Triumphs and Laments (solo), Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma (MACRO) Via Nizza, Rome

Berlin, William Kentridge, NO IT IS! (solo), curated by Wulf Herzogenrath, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin

William Kentridge: Thick Time (solo), curated by Iwona Blazwick, Whitechapel Gallery, London; travels to Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Museum der Moderne and Rupertinum, Salzburg, and Whitworth Gallery, Manchester



Founds Centre for the Less Good Idea at Arts on Main, Johannesburg, a platform to support experimental, collaborative and cross-disciplinary arts projects


Directs Wozzeck, opera by Alban Berg, premieres at Salzburg Festival; travels to Sydney Opera House, the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and Canadian Opera Company, Toronto


That Which We Do Not Remember (solo), Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

William Kentridge: Basta y sobra (solo), curated by Manuel Borja-Villel and Soledad Liaño Gibert, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid 

William Kentridge. Smoke, Ashes, Fable (solo), curated by Margaret K. Koerner, Sint-Janshospitaal, Bruges

William Kentridge: Universal Archive (solo), Trout Gallery at the University of Dickinson, Carlisle, Pennsylvania; travels to Walsh Gallery, Fairfield University Museum, Connecticut, and The Arthur Ross Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania

Processione di Riparazioniste (solo), site-specific installation of 15 steel silhouettes on 13 concrete and metal plinths, supervised by Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, east courtyard of OGR, Turin

Journey to the Moon (solo), Hilliard University Art Museum, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

O Sentimental Machine (solo), Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris


Princesa de Asturias Award for the Arts, awarded by Princess of Asturias Foundation, Oviedo, Spain.



Creates The Head & The Load, collaboration with Philip Miller (composer), Thuthuka Sibisi (co-composer and musical director) and Gregory Maqoma (choreography), installation with live performance featuring dancers and chamber orchestra The Knights, 90:00 min, premieres at Tate Modern, London; travels to Ruhrtriennale, Germany and Park Avenue Armory, New York, Holland Festival, Amsterdam


More Sweetly Play the Dance (solo), Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin

O Sentimental Machine (solo), curated by Vinzenz Brinkmann and Kristin Schrader, Liebieghaus Skulpturesammlung, Frankfurt 

Triumphs & Laments (solo), curated by Pamela Allara and Joseph D. Ketner II, Emerson Urban Arts, Media Art Gallery, Boston 

That Which We Do Not Remember (solo), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; travels to Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide


Antonio Feltrinelli International Prize, awarded by Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Rome

Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts, University of Pretoria




WK and scholar Homi Bhabha engage in public conversation, Johannesburg


Makes City Deep, single-channel video, high-definition colour, sound, 9:41 min, eleventh animated film in series Drawings for Projection

Directs Waiting for the Sibyl, chamber opera composed by Nhlanhla Mahlangu and Kyle Shepherd, premieres at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Rome; travels in 2021 to Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, Summer Nostos Festival, Athens, and Royal Dramatic Theatre, Stockholm


Why Should I Hesitate: Sculpture (solo) Norval Foundation, Cape Town

Why Should I Hesitate: Putting Drawings To Work (solo) Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town; travels to Deichtorhallen, Hamburg

William Kentridge: A Poem That Is Not Our Own (solo), curated by Josef Helfenstein, Kunstmuseum Basel, travels to LaM Lille Métropole Musée d’art moderne, d’art contemporain et d’art brut, Lille

William Kentridge: Let Us Try For Once (solo), Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

William Kentridge: Stereoscope (solo), Cushing Gallery, Newport Art Museum, Rhode Island

William Kentridge: Ten Drawings for Projection (solo), EYE Filmmuseum, Amsterdam


Praemium Imperiale, awarded by Japan Art Association, Tokyo

Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (for Exceptional Accomplishments in the Field of Theatrical Motion Pictures), Los Angeles