PHILADELPHIA, PA.-In 2006, the Philadelphia Museum of Art acquired Office Love (2001), a large tapestry by the South African artist William Kentridge (born 1955), whose work encompassing drawing, video, sculpture and theater, has made him one of the most eloquent artistic voices to emerge in South Africa after the fall of apartheid.
William Kentridge: Tapestries (December 12, 2007-April 6, 2008) showcases 11 large-scale tapestries from a series conceived by and executed under Kentridge’s artistic direction between 2001 and 2007. On loan from public and private collections in Europe, South Africa, and the United States.
The tapestries and 23 additional works—etchings, bronze sculptures, drawings, and an artist’s book—will offer a rich context for the Museum’s Office Love, which is more than 11 feet high and 15 feet wide and is the largest of the tapestries on view. The exhibition reflects the development of Kentridge’s iconic images of a porter and the processional characters that represent the transitional conditions that have plagued South Africa in the aftershocks of the apartheid regime since the mid-1990s. It will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue