“William Kentridge. O Sentimental Machine” is more than an exhibition, it’s a friendly takeover of a whole museum and a must-see experience.
I admit, that I prefer contemporary art to antique statues, so although I am really fond of the beautiful Villa of the Liebieghaus and love the Garden and the Cafe, I don’t go there very often for the regular exhibit. Now South African-based and world famous artist William Kentridge has “conquered” nearly all of the rooms and departments of the collection and his show extends throughout the whole museum. It’s the first time Liebieghaus is doing something like this since the great Jeff Koons exhibit here some years ago. It’s a good reason to come and visit the Liebieghaus again, even if you’ve done so several times already.
Kentridge’s art (drawings, sculptures, wall-paintings) harmonizes very well and interacts with the old statues. He and the curators have carefully placed his works in direct correlation with the statues, corresponding, adding and sometimes even communicating with each other. This creates new views and unseen aspects of both the fine collection of Liebieghaus and the excellent art of William Kentridge.