William Kentridge - City Deep

Oct 6 - Nov 12 2020       163 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood
South Africa's most famous artist William Kentridge presents his latest exhibition at Goodman Gallery this month, complemented by an online film programme. City Deep is the anticipated 11th film in Kentridge’s Drawings for Projection, a series of animated films drawn over 30 years that centre around a power-hungry mining magnate, Soho Eckstein.

As with previous films in the series, City Deep is grounded in the city of Johannesburg and its mining history. This latest film extends Kentridge's depiction of the city's mining industry to the informal surface-level Zama Zama miners who work Joburg's neglected mine dumps. In City Deep, the miners and the landscape merge into artworks hanging in the Johannesburg Art Gallery, itself built during the heyday of gold mining in Johannesburg, through which a contemplative Soho Eckstein wanders. As with all of Kentridge's films there is a certain ambiguity, with the viewer invited to find their own meanings in the associations and memories evoked by the film. 

In addition to the new film the exhibition also includes drawings from Kentridge’s new publication, Waiting for the Sibyl, as well as the third in a series of bronze sculptures, aptly titled Cursive which Kentridge has descrived as a way of weighing one's words.

The exhibition is open from October 6 to November 12 by appointment. To arrange a visit email

Kentridge Film Festival
Running in tandem to the exhibition, from September 29 to October 2, is an online Kentridge Film Festival with a retrospective of Kentridge's films screened daily at 18:00 on the Goodman Gallery website The online film schedule runs as follows:

Sep 29 Drawing Lesson One: In Praise of Shadows, 2012
Sep 30 Second Hand Reading, 2013 | Waiting for the Sibyl, 2019
Oct 1 Drawings for Projection: Part 1, 1989 to 1994
Oct 2 Drawing for Projection: Part 2, 1996 to 2011
Oct 3 City Deep, 2020 - film premiere



Oct 6 2020 - Nov 12 2020
Goodman Gallery
163 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood
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Admission free

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