In 2012, the Jewish Historical Museum hosted the first exhibition in the Netherlands of the work of William Kentridge around his installation Black Box/Chambre Noire (2005). The installation left an indelible impression on many visitors, including Menno Paktor, who was until recently the chairman of the board of the Jewish Cultural Quarter and a great lover of Kentridge’s work.
William Kentridge (Johannesburg, 1955) is one of the most important artists of his generation. He has developed a multidisciplinary practice that embraces film, animation, drawing, printmaking, theatre and opera.
His work reflects his strong social commitment, informed by his identity as a Jewish, white South African who grew up in a politically engaged family. Sensitive issues such as the colonisation of Africa, Apartheid and political conflict are major themes in his work, which he has described as ‘politically concerned, but distanced’.
This presentation has been organised as a farewell gift for Menno Paktor, who was affiliated with the Jewish Cultural Quarter from 2007 to 2020, first with the Friends Foundation and from 2009 as a member of the board of the Jewish Historical Museum.
This presentation has been made possible thanks to the generous help of the EKARD COLLECTION.
Image: William Kentridge, Untitled (Nose on Horse), 2007 - Acrylic, watercolour and Indian ink on canvas.