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William Kentridge and Vivienne Koorland

William Kentridge and Vivienne Koorland
Conversations in letters and lines
Curated by Tamar Garb

Exhibition 19 November 2016 – 19 February 2017

This exhibition brings together the work of two of South Africa’s foremost visual artists, William Kentridge and Vivienne Koorland. Kentridge and Koorland come from the same generation of South African artists. Born in the 1950s, they first met as university students in the mid-1970s and have been talking about art ever since. This exhibition foregrounds a friendship of forty years and a dialogue which has been mutually enriching as the practice of each has informed that of the other.

Kentridge is known for his animated films, complex narratives and beguiling imagery drawn and redrawn in charcoal, pastel and paint. Koorland makes huge paintings that are palimpsests of found and original material, both text and imagery. The works of the two artists are very different, yet there is much they share.

The selection of works for the exhibition highlights the formal and thematic links between the work of Kentridge and Koorland, mapping their artistic friendship through shared artistic strategies and a common sense of the urgency and agency of art.


We are very proud of the book we have produced to accompany this exhibition. An insightful essay from Tamar Garb sets out the rationale for bringing the work of Kentridge and Koorland together, while responses from Briony Fer, Joseph Leo Koerner, Ed Krcma and Griselda Pollock shed new light on the work of both artists. A newly recorded conversation between Garb, Kentridge and Koorland offers a fascinating insight into the way these two major artists think and work, 192pp, over 120 illustrations. Priced £24.95. BUY NOW


The Fruitmarket Gallery produces a range of resources supporting the exhibition that are available in the Gallery and online. These will be available in-house and online when the exhibition opens.

Download the current Exhibition Guide (pdf)

An Activity Sheet for families and primary school groups to enjoy the exhibition together.

Learning Resources is a guide for teachers and community leaders to help groups explore the exhibition.

A selection of relevant publications are available to view for reference in the resource room.

Talks and events are programmed for each exhibition with recordings available online after the event.