William Kentridge

“Drawing Lessons I–III”

William Kentridge “Drawing Lessons”, film still

William Kentridge “Drawing Lessons”, film still

  • Duration approx. 3h (incl. intervals)
  • In English with German surtitles

Past Dates

The “Drawing Lessons”, which Kentridge will perform himself in a two-day marathon, are autobiographical lectures, hybrid works of art between theatre, film and drawing. They constitute the quintessence of his transdisciplinary working methods and the nucleus of his work presented in Berlin. Created as a lecture series at Harvard University in 2012, they are reflections of Kentridge’s own aesthetic practice, in which he talks about the life in the studio, his appreciation of shadows and misunderstandings, as well as colonial history and his political environment between Apartheid and the presence.

Drawing Lesson I “In Praise of Shadows”
Drawing Lesson II “A Brief History of Colonial Revolts”
Drawing Lesson III “Vertical Thinking: A Johannesburg Biography”

Drawing Lessons IV, V & Refuse the Hour on SAT 9 July at 18:00

The “Drawing Lessons” are a series of six lectures first delivered at Harvard University for the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures series in 2012
Published by Harvard University Press: Cambridge under Kentridge, W. (2014): “Six Drawing Lessons”

Conception William Kentridge
Music Philip Miller
Video construction and editing Catherine Meyburgh

Performer William Kentridge
Video manipulator Janus Fouché
Lighting operator Marine Deballon

“Drawing Lessons” is represented by Quaternaire (