William Kentridge and Bruno Serralongue at Jeu de Paume
The Jeu de Paume presents an interesting double-bill this summer. Upstairs is the first retrospective in France of renowned South African artist, William Kentridge. Based on the broad themes that have interested Kentridge since the 1980s, this retrospective includes the short animated films based on everyday life under apartheid, which brought him international recognition in the 1990s, a number of self-portaits which explore the artistic process, and his most recent absurdist works based on Shostakovich’s opera The Nose. Both funny and engaging, this comprehensive exhibition highlights the broad scope of Kentridge’s artistic practice and diversity of media. (In parallel to the exhibition here, the neighbouring Louvre is presenting drawings by Kentridge in counterpoint to works selected from their graphic arts collection, as well as a video created especially for the exhibition, screened in the Egyptian Antiquities room. Denon Wing, 1st floor, room 33 / Sully Wing, 1st floor, room 26, until 30 Aug.) Also on at the Jeu de Paume is an exhibition featuring recent work from French photographer Bruno Serralongue. His photographs of manifestations, social struggles and both political and festive gatherings – from a Johnny Halliday concert in Las Vegas to the sans papiers movement in Paris to present-day Kosovo – challenge both our notions of photojournalism and the way that such events are portrayed in the media.
Until 5 Sep