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Anselm Kiefer's monumental body of work represents a microcosm of collective memory, visually encapsulating a broad range of cultural, literary, and philosophical allusions—from the Old and New Testaments, Kabbalah mysticism, Norse mythology and Wagner’s Ring Cycle to the poetry of Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan.Read More
Born during the closing months of World War II, Kiefer reflects upon Germany’s post-war identity and history, grappling with the national mythology of the Third Reich. Fusing art and literature, painting and sculpture, Kiefer engages the complex events of history and the ancestral epics of life, death, and the cosmos. His boundless repertoire of imagery is paralleled only by the breadth of media palpable in his work.
Kiefer’s oeuvre encompasses paintings, vitrines, installations, artist books, and an array of works on paper such as drawings, watercolours, collages, and altered photographs. The physical elements of his practice—from lead, concrete, and glass to textiles, tree roots, and burned books—are as symbolically resonant as they are vast-ranging. By integrating, expanding, and regenerating imagery and techniques, he brings to light the importance of the sacred and spiritual, myth and memory.
Anselm Kiefer was born in 1945 in Donaueschingen, Germany. After studying law and Romance languages, he attended the School of Fine Arts at Freiburg im Breisgau and the Art Academy in Karlsruhe while maintaining a contact with Joseph Beuys.
Kiefer’s work has been shown and collected by major museums worldwide, including the following: Bilder und Bücher, Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland (1978); Verbrennen, verholzen, versenken, versanden, West German Pavilion, 39th Biennale di Venezia, Italy (1980); Margarete—Sulamith, Museum Folkwang, Germany (1981); Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany (1984, travelled to ARC Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France; and Israel Museum, Jerusalem); Peintures 1983–1984, Musée d’Art Contemporain, Bordeaux (1984); and Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois (1987, travelled to Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Museum of Modern Art, New York, through 1989).
Further museum exhibitions include Bücher 1969–1990, Kunsthalle Tübingen, Germany (1990, travelled to Kunstverein München, Germany; and Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland, through 1991); Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin, Germany (1991); Melancholia, Sezon Museum of Art, Tokyo (1993, travelled to Kyoto National Museum of Art, Japan; and Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan); Himmel-Erde, Museo Correr, Venice (1997); and El viento, el tiempo, el silencio, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (1998).
In recent years, Anselm Kiefer’s solo exhibitions have included Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain (2000); Maleri 1998–2000, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebkæk, Denmark (2001); Die sieben Himmelspaläste, Fondation Beyeler, Basel (2001); I sette palazzi celesti, Fondazione Pirelli, Milan (2004); Heaven and Earth, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas (2005, travelled to Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, Québec; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California, through 2007); Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain (2007); Sternenfall / Chute d’étoiles, Monumenta, Grand Palais, Paris (2007); Anselm Kiefer au Louvre, Musée du Louvre, Paris (2007); Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebkæk, Denmark (2010); Shevirat Hakelim, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel (2011); Beyond Landscape, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo (2013); Royal Academy of Arts, London (2014); l’alchimie du livre, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris (2015); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2015); Kiefer Rodin, Musée Rodin, Paris (2017, traveled to the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, through 2018); For Velimir Khlebnikov — Fates of Nations, State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg (2017); and Provocations, The Met Breuer, New York (2017).
Text courtesy Gagosian.
There's no better way to kick off a marathon week of art fairs and other related activities than to hear a living artist discuss their new work: a reminder of what's at the very core of the art world, and it's not just the buying and selling, but the opportunity to have a dialogue with art. On Tuesday morning in New York , a day before Frieze...
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Anselm Kiefer was born in Germany in 1945. A new life can rarely have started in a less promising place and time. To enter the world as the Third Reich fell was to be a baby surrounded by human ash. Does that seem a tasteless way of putting it? Well, Kiefer is not tasteful. Ever since he posed for a photograph in 1969 giving the sea a Nazi...
Anselm Kiefer is a bewildering artist to get to grips with. The word that comes up most often when his work is discussed is the heart-sinking and slippery "references". His vast pictures, thick with paint and embedded with objects from sunflowers and diamonds to lumps of lead, nod to the Nazis and Norse myth, to Kabbalah and the Egyptian...
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