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William Kentridge: Five Themes

Institution: 

The Museum of Modern Art

Designer: 

Amelle Stein, RenderMonkey

Category: 

Exhibition

Why

This website provides a comprehensive exploration of nearly three decades of work by William Kentridge, a remarkably versatile artist whose work combines the political with the poetic. Dealing with subjects as sobering as apartheid, colonialism, and totalitarianism, his work is often imbued with dreamy, lyrical undertones or comedic bits of self-deprecation that render his powerful messages both alluring and ambivalent. The website allows one to view Kentridge's practice in a macro sense via a "bird's eye" view of all works by theme, and on a micro level—each of the included works is unpacked and examined using image, text, and/or video.

Navigation between all views is instinctive and efficient making for a fluid user experience, and the design works in harmony with the artist's ouvre. The site contains over 100 images and 26 videos.