Triumphs and Laments will be a large-scale, 550 meter-long frieze, erased from the biological patina on the travertine embankment walls that line Rome’s urban waterfront. Exploring dominant tensions in the history of the Eternal City from past to present, a procession of figures, up to 10 meters high, will represent Rome’s greatest victories and defeats from mythological time to present, forming a silhouetted procession on Piazza Tevere, between Ponte Sisto and Ponte Mazzini.
The work will open on April 21-22, 2016 with the premiere of a theatrical event created in collaboration with composer Philip Miller, featuring live shadow play and two processional bands performing against the backdrop of the frieze.
South African artist William Kentridge is internationally acclaimed for the evocative power of his work. His exhibitions and grand-scale, staged performances stun and thrill audiences throughout the world.
Best known for his prints, drawings, and animated films, his exhibitions include, among many others, a recent retrospective organized by the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in the United States; and at Castello di Rivoli, MAXXI, and Villa Medici al Madre a Capodimonte in Italy.
Represented by Galleria Lia Rumma in Italy, Marian Goodman in New York, and Goodman Gallery in South Africa, Kentridge has staged and produced major theatrical and operatic works throughout the world. Triumphs and Laments is his most ambitious project to date.