O Sentimental Machine

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The Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung presents a very special guest: William Kentridge (b. 1955) brings his works into dialogue with the collection of the Frankfurt museum, which spans five thousand years. Conceived as a comprehensive exhibition showing over eighty works and installations, “William Kentridge. O Sentimental Machine” exemplifies the whole range of the South African artist’s oeuvre. Kentridge has made an international name for himself with his drawings, films, and theatre and opera productions. Already featured in solo exhibitions in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Albertina in Vienna, and the Louvre in Paris, as well as in opera productions at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Scala in Milano, the Salzburg Festival, or Documenta, his production as an artist is fundamentally interdisciplinary and combines different media and genres. Staged by Sabine Theunissen and curated by Vinzenz Brinkmann and Kristin Schrader, the show extends across nearly all departments and rooms of the Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung: from its antiquities collection and medieval rooms to the studioli of the historicist Villa Liebieg. Visitors are invited to engage in a dialogue of art encompassing the entire museum, in which Kentridge’s conceptual, narrative, and aesthetic intentions closely interlink with the museum presentation of the Liebieghaus collection.

Sponsored by Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain, Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne
Media partner Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, SLEEK, Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt am Main
Culture partner hr2-kultur

“The Kentridge exhibition has made my trip to Europe from Australia! Such an immersive exhibition, I will remember it forever. Thank you!”

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Take the digitorial before you come to our exhibitions – as a well-informed visitor you'll enjoy the show all the more! With the digitorial you can prepare for “William Kentridge. O Sentimental Machine” in advance with the aid of informative texts and lots of pictures – at home, in a café, or on the way to the exhibition.

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The handbook “O Sentimental Machine” will be published by Kerber Verlag, with a preface by Philipp Demandt and contributions by Vinzenz Brinkmann, William Kentridge, Kristin Schrader and others. German and English edition. Available in our Online Shop.


This is a recording of the lecture by William Kentridge on his presently developed performance “The Head & the Load” in the Städel Museum on March 22. The performance will premiere in London’s Tate Modern this summer and then be presented in New York.