William Kentridge. Enough and more than enough

A performative lecture about drawing

31 october, 2017 - 7:00 p.m.
Free admission until full capacity is reached
Nouvel Building, Auditorium 400
Organized by
Museo Reina Sofía
In collaboration with
William Kentridge, Soft Dictionary. Video, 2016
William Kentridge, Soft Dictionary. Video, 2016

On the occasion of the exhibition William Kentridge. Enough and more than enough (November 1, 2017 - March 19, 2018), the artist gives a performative lecture that analyzes his relationship with the drawing and the creative process.

The work of William Kentridge goes through different media, such as cinema, plastic arts, theater, music and opera. His works, so different from each other, have in common their origin in the drawing and a reflection on the act of drawing as a principle of the artistic work. For Kentridge, the drawing is connected to memory: just as this one, caught between the world and its representation, works by accumulation, a palimpsest on which previous elements are placed, sometimes erasing and re-fixing them.

In this performative conference, William Kentridge extracts the drawing of his confinement on paper and on the wall and relates it not only to writing, text, music or body, but to the same creative process in all its complexity. The distance between "doing" and "thinking", the excitement of creation, frustration with ideas impossible to materialize and artistic research as a space of play and free association, what Freud called Tummelplatz, are some of the ideas of this conference.