The Art Gallery of NSW shares national treasure with Central Coast

by LukeAdmin

National touring exhibition William Kentridge: I Am Not Me, The Horse Is Not Mine will be travelling to the Central Coast’s Gosford Regional Gallery from 17 June to 27 August 2023.

I Am Not Me, The Horse Is Not Mine premiered at the Biennale of Sydney in 2008 and was gifted to the Art Gallery of New South Wales by Anita and Luca Belgiorno-Nettis in 2017.

Central Coast Council Regional Gallery Director, Tim Braham said William Kentridge is one of the most powerful voices in art today, with this ambitious moving image installation now the most significant work by the artist in an Australian museum collection. 

“Emerging as an artist during the apartheid regime in South Africa and grounded in the violent absurdity of that period in his country’s history, William Kentridge’s artworks draw connections between art, ideology, history and memory,” Mr Braham said. 

“I Am Not Me, The Horse Is Not Mine is a deeply immersive large-scale, eight-screen video installation. This is an all-sensory experience where the audience can immerse themselves in Kentridge’s moving image works. Audiences can also attend one of the animation workshops run by the gallery during the exhibition.

“Visitors can expect I Am Not Me, The Horse Is Not Mine to reveal the ways in which ideas and images echo across time and between different cultures.

“For Kentridge his work is known to offer analogies with South Africa’s recent history and, moreover, implores us to consider the consequences of the absurd in contemporary social and political life.”

Central Coast Council Administrator Rik Hart said it is important and exciting that the Central Coast can experience the work of major internationally acclaimed contemporary artists first-hand. 

“The works of William Kentridge offer an incredibly important and prestigious art exhibition with wide appeal, talking not only to those interested in the arts, but also to the broader community including young people,” Mr Hart said. 

“We are thrilled that funding from the NSW Government, made possible through its Blockbuster initiative, will bring this experience to our Regional Gallery – one of only four regional NSW art galleries in the 2023 and 2024 tour.”

The exhibition will run from 17 June until 27 August 2023 at the Gosford Regional Gallery, open daily 9.30am to 4pm, with free entry.  RSVP to the opening night celebration at 6pm, 16 June with dignitaries from the Art Gallery of New South Wales. 

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