Anselm Kiefer

  • Provocations
    December 13, 2017 - April 18, 2018
    Met Breuer
    945 Madison Ave
    New York

    Provocations: Anselm Kiefer at The Met Breuer will feature 34 works on paper and one painting by the German artist, all drawn from The Met collection.

    The exhibition will span the artist's nearly 50-year career and will be on view at The Met Breuer through April 8, 2018.

    Anselm Kiefer (born 1945) has confronted and wrestled with the past throughout his career. In 1969, toward the end of his studies at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe, Kiefer photographed himself in his father's Wehrmacht uniform, posing in front of historic monuments and Romantic seascapes in Europe, with his arm extended in an illegal Nazi salute. Six years later, the artist selected 18 of these images for a photo-essay titled "Occupations," which met with widespread public outcry. Indeed, while Kiefer's artistic provocation ran counter to the intense process of postwar denazification, which included the removal and destruction of offensive signs of Germany's infamous history, it was also an unwelcome threat to a kind of collective amnesia that had overtaken West Germany in the 1960s and 1970s.


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    June 21, 2017 - July 1, 2018

    The Michael & Eleonore Stoffel Foundation has worked in close collaboration with the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen to acquire on behalf of the latter institution five works by Anselm Kiefer. The acquisition marks a milestone in the development of the collection. Anselm Kiefer has created a body of work that broke the silence surrounding the German past in the Third Reich, while also finding a poignant language for articulating the global intertwinement of human civilization. He delves deep into old Christian, Kabbalistic, and Far Eastern traditions, explores the world’s great mythical, religious, and poetic texts, and forges links between them and the world as it is experienced today. The monumental painting “Der Sand aus den Urnen” (2009) and the two large wall pieces transferred onto lead in 2011 and entitled “OCCUPATIONS” (1969/2011) as well as the two display cases “Die 12 Stämme“ (2010) and “Morgenthau” (2016) will now form an additional highlight in the collection profile at the Pinakothek der Moderne.
    The recent acquisitions of those five works by Anselm Kiefer significantly expand the institution’s holdings of the artist’s works, which previously consisted solely of three photographs and the painting “Nero malt” (1974), the latter from the Wittelsbacher Ausgleichsfonds (formerly known as the Prince Franz of Bavaria Collection). With the five new accessions, the collection now boasts a representative display of Anselm Kiefer’s art. The artist’s works will go on show alongside comprehensive groups and/or rooms of works by other groundbreaking artists, particularly Georg Baselitz, Joseph Beuys, Wolfgang Laib, Sigmar Polke, Arnulf Rainer and Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, and Andy Warhol. The acquisition of this set of works not only enriches the collection in terms of its density and variety, but also further bolsters the Pinakothek der Moderne’s profile on the international stage.

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  • For Velimir Khlebnikov. Fates of Nations
    May 30, 2017 - September 3, 2017
    The State Hermitage Museum
    2, Dvortsovaya Square
    Saint Petersburg, Russia

    The State Hermitage Museum inaugurates the first solo exhibition of Anselm Kiefer in Russia. Located in the Nicholas Hall of the Winter Palace, the exhibition is dedicated to the great Russian poet Velimir Khlebnikov.

    For Kiefer, poetical production is often a starting point: “I think in pictures. Poems help me with this. They are like buoys in the sea. I swim to them, from one to the other. In between, without them, I am lost. They are the handholds where something masses together in the infinite expanse.”

    One of Khlebnikov’s central ideas is that major pivotal naval and terrestrial battles endlessly repeat every 317 years. This foresight was for Kiefer a thread to reflect on themes of war and peace, the fugacity and finitude of all human aspirations and the mercilessness of fate. All the while, the exhibition “Anselm Kiefer, for Khlebnikov” is an ode to the sorrowful beauty of rusted vessels – these relics of wars once instilled fear and are now left at the uttermost points of the earth.


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  • For Louis-Ferdinand Céline: Voyage au bout de la nuit
    April 2, 2017 - August 6, 2017
    Copenhagen Contemporary
    Trangravsvej 10–12
    1436 Copenhagen

    CC presents For Louis-Ferdinand Céline: Voyage au bout de la nuit: a large-scale installation by Anselm Kiefer.

    Kiefer has been making lead airplane sculptures since the late 1980s. The pieces in this exhibition, with their battered, war-weary aura, dominate a 1500-square-meter space. The allegorically significant airplanes are juxtaposed and converse with a series of paintings that measure up to 6.6m in height and 11.4 meters in width. The paintings contain references to photographs the artist took during his travels in the Gobi Desert in 1993 and also to a scene in the Austrian writer Ingeborg Bachmann’s Book of Franza (1955), in which the title character unsuccessfully seeks solace in the barrenness of the desert.

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    November 29, 2016 - August 13, 2017
    NSU Art Museum
    One East Las Olas Boulevard
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    The work of Anselm Kiefer, one of the world’s most prominent contemporary artists, launches a new exhibition series at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale focusing on post-World War II artists whose work addresses issues of identity and the convergence of history and mythology. Regeneration Series: Anselm Kiefer from the Hall Collection will be on view at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale from November 29, 2016 - August 13, 2017. Drawn from the Hall and Hall Art Foundation collections, which together make up one of the world’s largest groups of works by Anselm Kiefer, the exhibition will include approximately 50 major Kiefer artist books, works on paper, paintings, and sculptures from the late 1960s to the present day. This is the first time that the majority of the Kiefer works from the Hall and Hall Art Foundation collections will be shown together to the public. The exhibition is organized by NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale in collaboration with the Hall Art Foundation, and is curated by Bonnie Clearwater, NSU Art Museum Director and Chief Curator.


    An opening reception with the artist will take place on November 28, from 6 to 8 pm.

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  • The Shape of Ancient Thought
    April 27, 2016 - April 27, 2016
    The Getty Center
    Los Angeles, California

    Talk on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at 7 pm

    Renowned German artist Anselm Kiefer comes to the Getty to discuss his continuing exploration of the impact of ancient literature and philosophy on Western culture. 

    Anselm Kiefer's ideas are inspired by and will be dedicated to art historian Thomas McEvilley and his remarkable treatise, The Shape of Ancient Thought: Comparative Studies in Greek and Indian Philosophies.

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    March 18, 2016 - June 19, 2016
    Albertina Vienna

    The Albertina is mounting a first comprehensive retrospective of Anselm Kiefer that includes over 35 monumental masterpieces from his famous woodcuts along with important pictorial series and thematic groups such as Ways of Worldly Wisdom: The Battle of Hermann, The Rhine and Brünhilde – Grane.
    Kiefer’s oeuvre bears witness to his intense interest in German history, cultural history, and mythologies. An individual approach to collage, numerous painterly reworkings, and experimental materials and techniques make each of his works a unique statement that stands on its own while still remaining networked on multiple levels with Kiefer’s pictorial worlds in terms of both content and form.

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  • Parole aux artistes
    March 10, 2016 - March 10, 2016
    Centre Pompidou
    Paris, France

    Thursday, 10 March 2016 / 7pm / Grande Salle

    In the context of Anselm Kiefer's exhibition at the Centre Pompidou, a talk will be held with the artist, Marc-Alain Ouaknin, Rabbi, philosopher and University Professor along with Jean-Michel Bouhours, curator of the exhibition. 

    The conversation will be in French.


    The exhibition runs until 18 April 2016 in Galerie 1.

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  • FILM - Image and Entropy
    January 15, 2016 - January 20, 2016
    Centre Pompidou
    Paris, France

    To coincide with Anselm Kiefer's exhibition (until 18 April 2016), the Centre Pompidou's Film Department has made a selection of contemporary films that echo the artist's work. 

    Please find the complete film programme here, pgs. 60-61.

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  • Retrospective
    December 16, 2015 - April 18, 2016
    Centre Pompidou
    Paris, France
    Centre Pompidou presents Retrospective, a comprehensive solo exhibition of Anselm Kiefer. 
    This retrospective exhibition, unprecedented in its scope and its selection, spans the artist’s oeuvre from the late 1960s to the present. Sixty paintings from important private and public collections worldwide, brought together for the first time, create a dialogue with installations, vitrines, and works that make up an exhibition created like a series of thematic moments in the artist's career.
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