In Praise of Shadows focuses on shadows, shadow theatre and silhouettes, based on old and contemporary folk tales and simple narratives, it explores the traditional art form of shadow plays and their influence on the world of contemporary art in recent years. The exhibition brings together key works by eight contemporary artists from seven different countries and two master filmmakers. Some 90 works, from free standing models and manuscripts pertaining to shadow theatre, and early silhouette and stop-motion movies are on view.
The exhibition centres mainly around three artist Jockuof theatres to drawings, collages, films, photographs, texts, m Nordstrum (Sweden), Kara Walker (USA) and William Kentridge (South Africa), complemented with the work of some other artists. Kara Walker’s videos and silhouette installations have many correspondences with the theatre of Karagöz and Karaghiozis. Walker has in recent years embraced the techniques of shadow plays and has employed them in her video animations as well as in her shadow plays Fibbergibbet and Mumbo Jumbo, 2004. Works by William Kentridge include the free-standing theatre and the preparatory drawings for Preparing the Flute, an abridged version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Also included are early materials from his future production of Shostakovich’s opera The Nose for the Metropolitan Opera in New York, scheduled for 2010. The exhibition also includes a collaboration by Kentridge and Walker, a two-minute video work, made in 2004.
Following its opening in Dublin, the exhibition will travel to Istanbul Museum of Modern Art and the Museum Benaki, Athens, from 21 May - 26 July 2009.
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