William Kentridge. Smoke, Ashes, Fable

Since his international debut at dOCUMENTA X in 1997, South African artist William Kentridge has achieved worldwide renown. Most recognized for his ten animated films titled Drawings for Projection (1989-2011), Kentridge’s astonishingly diverse corpus includes masterful drawings, prints, tapestries, sculpture, lectures, and opera productions. This major exhibition presents a unique selection of Kentridge’s work curated for Sint-Janshospitaal in Bruges—at 850 years one of Europe’s oldest surviving hospital buildings. Organized around the themes of trauma and healing, the show takes as its centerpiece Kentridge’s 2015 video installation More Sweetly Play the Dance, a contemporary interpretation of the medieval Dance of Death. Through a dialogue between the displayed artworks and the remarkable hospital setting, the exhibition presents art as a powerful means of ‘working through’ layers of history.


Period: 20/10/2017 > 25/02/2018
Opening hours Sint-Janshospitaal
€ 8.00 (incl. permanent collection)
€ 6,00 (> 65 y. and 12-25 y.)
Free: -12 years & primary and secondary school students
(accompanied by teacher)
Free with Museumpas or membership card Vrienden Musea Brugge