Double Vision

Albrecht Dürer & William Kentridge

10.09.2016 – 8.01.2017


The art of Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528) and William Kentridge (b. 1955) exhibits surprising correlations within the medium of printmaking. An interest in black-and-white techniques and a preoccupation with questions of perspective and perception unite the master of the German Renaissance and the globally active contemporary artist from South Africa. Dürer formulated his insights in an instructional guide and implemented them in countless prints, while Kentridge experiments with the use of optical instruments and film technologies. The motif of the rhinoceros forms a direct link between the two artists. Almost 5oo years after the creation of Dürer’s well-known woodblock print, the Johannesburg-native Kentridge has repeatedly adopted the motif as the basis of his own artistic concepts. This exhibition draws on the extensive collection of prints by Albrecht Dürer in the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Kunsthalle, complemented by numerous works on loan from other collections, especially William Kentridge’s own. The some 11o exhibited works by Dürer and Kentridge allow for a range of comparisons based on theme, aesthetic, and medium. Parallel to DOUBLE VISION, the ZKM | Karlsruhe will present Kentridge’s video installation More Sweetly Play the Dance. DOUBLE VISION is an exhibition by the DFG Transfer Project Evidenz on Exhibit of the Freie Universität Berlin and the Kupferstichkabinett at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin in cooperation with the Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe.