His newly divided country was in a state of identity crisis, lacking foundational myths or symbols untainted by the nazis pathological nationalism. You stand on the threshold of a ground deeply riven, a vast field where mud, ashes, snow, and straw are. Anselm kiefer born march 8, 1945, donaueschingen is a german painter and sculptor. Born in germany just months before the final european battle of world war ii, anselm kiefer grew up witnessing the results of modern warfare and the division of his homeland. See available paintings, works on paper, and photographs for sale and learn about the artist. Kiefer devoted himself to investigating the interwoven patterns of german mythology. He also experienced the rebuilding of a fragmented nation and its struggle for renewal. Books by anselm kiefer author of anselm kiefer heaven and. Kiefer and other german postwar artists were brought up on the denazification program of the u. Throughout his career, the german artist anselm kiefer has confronted the weight of the past and the power of myth on a monumental scale. Anselm kiefer talks about the subject of his work germanys past and through wagnerian legend, historical conjecture and modern urban folk. Straw, sunflower seeds, chunks of concrete, you name it. On a brief trip to paris, i managed to squeeze in two art exhibitions, and it was really worth it.
The poems of paul celan have played a role in developing kiefers themes of german history and the horror of the holocaust, as have the spiritual concepts of kabbalah. Anselm kiefer shows a detritus walhalla at white cube. The most expensive anselm kiefer art pieces in auction. Anselm kiefers monumental body of work represents a microcosm of collective memory, visually encapsulating a broad range of cultural, literary, and philosophical allusionsfrom the old and new testaments, kabbalah mysticism, norse mythology and wagners ring cycle to the poetry of ingeborg bachmann and paul celan.
Find an indepth biography, exhibitions, original artworks for sale, the latest news, and sold auction prices. Kiefer, now the subject of a major retrospective at londons royal academy, took up the challenge to postwar german artists to respond to hitlerism when from the wooden valhallas he made in the 1970s to the vast mistero delle cattedrali of 2011, he figured the. His stature among artists working after world war ii is undisputed. The morgenthau plan was conceived in 1944 by the u. Revealing the influence of his tutelage under joseph beuys, kiefers epicscaled. Anselm kiefer the controversial work of the german artist anselm kiefer born 1945 was a complex examination of many themes, from alchemy to his countrys nazi past, often explored through such unconventional materials as lead and straw. His early career was as a photographer with performance. Anselm kiefer daily art fair is the international modern and contemporary art galleries for current, past and futur galleries exhibitions all around the world. Several major works by anslem kiefer german, born 1945 formed the core of the exhibition. Henry morgenthau was the secretary of the treasury during the third term of the roosevelt administration. A few weeks ago, on the day before his new show opened in new york, anselm kiefer, the seventytwoyearold germanborn painter and sculptor, walked from a hotel in soho to his gallery in chelsea. His works incorporate materials like straw, ash, clay, lead, and shellac. Beyond landscape explored the interplay of history, identity, and landscape in the work of one of the most important artists of our time.
His works incorporate materials such as straw, ash, clay, lead. Linkpage citation nurnberg, 1982 in this ongoing series, writers are invited to discuss a contemporary work that has special significance for them. He studied with peter dreher and horst antes end of the 1960s. The morgenthau plan anselm kiefer view from a burrow. Upon approaching the reception area that precedes anselm kiefers newest exhibition, walhalla, at white cube in london, one is greeted by a blackclad security guard. Hannah arendt a nselm kiefer is one of the few artists working today who have transcended the vicissitudes and fashions of the contemporary art world.
Anselm kiefer, for velimir khlebnikov hermitage museum. Born in 1945 in southern germany during the final days of the collapse of the third reich, kiefer experienced divided postwar. There is a dark illumination beneath the beauty of anselm kiefers series of paintings, the morgenthau plan. Anselm kiefer born 8 march 1945 is a german painter and sculptor.
Anselm kiefer talks religion, politics, ruins at 92y. Anselm kiefer, one of the greatest living painters, keeps a vast museum of work and materials like part of a ruined civilisation in the south of france. When anselm kiefer took the stage at 92nd street y last night, it wasnt as the artisticpolitical bad boy the artist became famous as in the 60s and 70s, nor was it the epic. Postwar german artist anselm kiefer honored by jews in new. Anselm kiefer, who first visited mass moca in 1990 when the museum was still in the early planning stages, ranks among the bestknown and most important of postworld war ii german artists living and working today. The themes of myth and german history have been prominent in all of anselm kiefers lonely, beautiful and dehumanized work. Anselm kiefer, for velimir khlebnikov on 30th may 2017, for the very first time in russia, the state hermitage museum inaugurates a solo exhibition of one of. Kiefer initially studied law to learn about codes of human behavior, fully intending to become an artist. This work traces anselm kiefers use of themes from 20th century german history, and shows how the poet paul celans writings have haunted his work for over 25 years an alliance that was recently cemented by kiefer when he dedicated a series of works to the poet. Anselm kiefer critically engages with myth and memory, referencing totems of german culture and collective history.
The hall art foundation was founded in 2007 and makes available postwar and contemporary art works from its own collection and that of andrew and christine hall. The poems of paul celan have played a role in developing kiefers themes of german history and the horror of the holocaust, as have the spiritual concepts. His works incorporate materials such as straw, ash, clay, lead, and shellac. W hen critics feel like taking a pop at the spectacularly serious art of anselm kiefer, they tend to moan that he is a little bit melodramatic. When it did, it left kiefer and his fellow new imagers richer, more famous and more respected than ever. Curators at the museums to which he sends his work have fastidiously collected the fallen debris and returned it to him, presumably in the expectation that he might want to repair the damage. Germans want to forget the past and start a new thing all the time, but only by going into the past can you go into the future, he says. Anselms alchemy by martin gayford published 22 september 2014. Anselm kiefer has managed to translate into his art the issues of the world and the spiritual connections he felt. Having achieved fame and notoriety in equal measure in the 1980s, anselm kiefer has become one of the worlds most singular and successful.937 59 196 650 1332 743 163 436 961 643 607 738 1479 554 1137 1295 589 516 1388 1319 1069 290 323 37 85 49 444 1060 693 1399 1312 312 363 617 559 1000 985 539 1452 1296 908 773 1393 991 168 158 390 824