This interactive site belongs to the category “Exhibition.” It was created for the MoMA temporary exhibit “William Kentridge: Five Themes” on display from February 24 to May 17, 2010. The website basically consists of still images and excerpts for animations. It also includes artist’s biographical information, explanations about his more frequently used techniques, and artist’s comments about his work.

The objects are shown in thumbnails view, all of them connected to the theme they belong to. The themes are joined to one another in chronological order. The ramifications around each theme and the sequential order of them resemble a sort of ontological web model. The site can be navigated randomly through the web of thumbnails. It has a very appealing layout that satisfactorily fits into the visual imagery of Kentridge.

Descriptive and administrative metadata slightly fluctuate based on the specific characteristics of the media. Each film excerpt includes elements from the object like series, title, year, length, material (ex. 35 mm, 16 mm), provenance, technique (ex. Stop-motion animation), description, and elements from the creator like, director, editing, production, sound design, and music. Information for printmaking images includes series, title, year, technique (ex, linoleum cut), measurements, publisher, printer, provenance, and description.

Metadata elements and values are extracted from MoMA’s main collection database (DADABASE)


By opening one of the DADABASE records related to the show, the page source shows the XML based language encoding for HTML: !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC “-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN”
html xmlns=”http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml” xml:lang=”en” lang=”en”

The major success of this site is the accomplishment of two goals: it renders a fair tribute to Kentridge’s stylistic approach to art, and it has well developed tools for users’ navigation and information retrieval.