Anselm Kiefer  (German, 1945) 

Anselm Kiefer (German, b.1945) is a contemporary painter and sculptor. Born in southern Germany in 1945 during the final months of World War II, Kiefer’s life has been characterized a post-war identity from the very start. He studied law and linguistics before deciding to pursue art in 1966. He gained critical attention in 1969 for his series of provocative works entitled Occupations, in which Kiefer photographed himself standing in iconic European sites, such as the Roman Coliseum, wearing a military outfit and making a Nazi salute. This is an early example of a pervasive theme in Kiefer’s art: the attempt to reconcile Germany’s fascist past, an entirely taboo topic in the country at the time.

In the early 1970s, Kiefer studied under controversial German performance artist Joseph Beuys (German, 1921–1986) at the Düsseldorf Academy of Art; Beuys’s work with unusual natural materials and interest in mysticism heavily influenced Kiefer’s own artistic production. Intertwining history, culture, religion, and myth, Kiefer began exploring archetypal figures from German history in his work, as well as creating heavily textured painted landscapes depicting barren, somber fields and forests, which evoke scenes of concentration camps and allude to the broken nature of Germany’s post-war identity. His works incorporate plant elements, straw, lead, and other materials reflecting his interest in alchemy, ritual, and the fundamental elements of the earth. In later works, Kiefer shifts his focus from works contemplating Germany’s past to a concentration on universal themes of religion, the cosmos, and ancient myth, in mediums as diverse as painting, installation art, photography, and sculptural books. His recent paintings are heavily textured and of a monumental scale, and are sometimes compared to the Abstract Expressionist works of Jackson Pollock (American, 1912–1956). Kiefer’s dense, unique compositions reflect a powerful synthesis of ideas—spanning history, culture, nature, religion, everyday reality and universal belief—marking him a preeminent contemporary German artist. He currently lives and works in southern France.

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Anselm Kiefer, Die Königin von Saba


Anselm Kiefer
Die Königin von Saba

Galleria Lia Rumma
Anselm Kiefer, Eos


Anselm Kiefer

Galleria Lia Rumma
Anselm Kiefer, Under der Linden


Anselm Kiefer
Under der Linden

Galleria Lia Rumma
Anselm Kiefer, Untitled


Anselm Kiefer

Anselm Kiefer, Pasiphae - Europa


Anselm Kiefer
Pasiphae - Europa

Soura Art
Anselm Kiefer, Bavel Balal Mabul


Anselm Kiefer
Bavel Balal Mabul

Galleria Lia Rumma
Anselm Kiefer, Andromeda


Anselm Kiefer

Galleria Lia Rumma
Anselm Kiefer, Aus Herzen und Hirnen sprießen die Halme der Nacht


Anselm Kiefer
Aus Herzen und Hirnen sprießen die Halme der Nacht

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
Anselm Kiefer, Die bösen Mütter


Anselm Kiefer
Die bösen Mütter

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
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Anselm Kiefer, Nidhogger


Anselm Kiefer
Nidhogger, 1982
oil and straw on canvas


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Anselm Kiefer, The Secret Life of Plants: Star Painting


Anselm Kiefer
The Secret Life of Plants: Star Painting, 2003
oil, acrylic, charcoal, wire and plaster coated branches on lead laid on canvas


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Anselm Kiefer, Dein Aschenes Haar Sulamith


Anselm Kiefer
Dein Aschenes Haar Sulamith, 1981
oil on canvas


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1945   Born in Donaueschingen, Germany
1993   Until 1993 worked in Buchen, Germany. From 1993 onwards has been working and living in Barjac, France
  Lives and works in Provence, France
2013   Un Maestro de la Pintura, Museum of Contemporary Art, Gas Natural Fenosa, A Coruña
Der Rhein, Galerie Bastian, Berlin
2013   ARCO Madrid, Spain
2012   Exposition, Galleria Lia Rumma, Milan
Joseph Beuys and Anselm Kiefer: Drawings, Gouaches, Books; MKM Küppersmühle Museum of Modern Art, Duisberg
Am Anfang, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn
Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom, White Cube Hong Kong
Works from the Essl Collection, Essl Museum, Vienna
2011   Anselm Kiefer: Il Mistero delle Cattedrali, White Cube, London
Anselm Kiefer: Shevirat Ha-Kelim, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
Ausgewahlte Arbeiten aus der Sammluing Grothe, Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden
Salt of the Earth, Fondazione Vedova, Venice
Kiefer & Rembrandt, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Des Meeres und der Liebe Wellen, White Cube, London
Anselm Kiefer: Die Argonauten, Ivory Press, Madrid
2010   Anselm Kiefer: Artist Rooms, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK
Anselm Kiefer, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark
Anselm Kiefer: Europa, Villa Schöningen, Berlin
Anselm Kiefer, Museum voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen, Antwerp
Anselm Kiefer dans la Collection Würth, Musée Würth France Erstein
2009   Works from the Grothe Collection, Es Baluard Museum of Art, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
2009   Sculpture in the Close, Jesus College, Cambridge, England
2008 - 2009   Mediations Biennale, 1st International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Poznan, Poland, 3 October – 3 January 2009
2008   Maria Walks Amid the Thorn, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, 24 July – 23 August
2008   Blood on Paper: the Art of the Book, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England
2008   Lovis Corinth (1858-1925) Between Impressionism and Expressionism, Musée d’Orsay, Paris
2008   Palmsonntag, Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles -solo
2008   Kiefer e Mao Che mille fiori fioriscano, Triennial Bovisa, Milan
2007   Anselm Kiefer: Aperiatur Terra, White Cube Mason's Yard, London; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney -solo
2007   Anselm Kiefer, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao -solo
2007   MONUMENTA 2007: Anselm Kiefer, Grand Palais, Paris -solo
2005 - 2007   Anselm Kiefer: Heaven and Earth, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX. Traveled to: the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, Canada; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA. (through 2007)
2006   Richard Wagner: Artistic Visions From Auguste Renoir to Anselm Kiefer, Musee Rath, Geneva, Switzerland. -solo
2006   Für Paul Celan, Yvon Lambert Paris, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris -solo
2006   Anselm Kiefer: Velimir Chlebnikov, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT. -solo
2006   Recaptured Nature, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
2006   Marinen in Konfrontation, Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Oostende
2006   The Spirit of White, Galerie Beyeler, Switzerland
2006   Anselm Kiefer: Heaven and Earth, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth; Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Canada; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco -solo
2005   Anselm Kiefer: Für Paul Celan, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria.
2005   Anselm Kiefer: for Khlebnikov, White Cube Gallery, London. Traveled to: The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT -solo
2005   Flower Myth: From Van Gogh to Jeff Koons, Foundation Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland.
2005   Contemporary Voices: Works from The UBS Art Collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York.
2005   Anselm Kiefer: Heaven and Earth, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas -solo
2004   I sette palazzi Celesti, Hangar Bicocca, Fondazione Pirelli, Milan -solo
2004   Museo Archeologico Nazionale. Naples, Italy. -solo
2004   Kunst aus amerikanischer Sicht. Stadel, German Art. Frankfurt, Germany.
2003   Recaptured Nature. Marian Goodman Gallery. New York, NY.
2003   Marinen in Konfrontation. Museum fur Moderne Kunst. Oostende.
2003   Expressiv! Fondation Beyeler, Basel.
2003   Anselm Kiefer - Am Anfang. Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac. Salzburg. -solo
2002   La Vie Secrète des Plantes. Galerie Yvon Lambert. Paris, France. -solo
2002   Merkaba. Gagosian Gallery. New York, NY. -solo
2002   Warhol to Koons. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Edinburgh.
2002   Musikfestival Salzburg -solo
2001   Les Reines de France, Le Rectangle, Lyon -solo
2001   Lasst tausend Blumen blühen, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek -solo
2001   Kukje Gallery, Séoul -solo
2001   Anselm Kiefer - The Seven Heavenly Palaces 1973 - 2001. Fondation Beyeler. Basel. -solo
2001   Royal Academy. London, UK. -solo
2000   Chevirat Ha-Kelim. Chapelle de la Salpétrière. Paris, France. -solo
2000   National Gallery. London, UK. -solo
2000   Gagosian Gallery. New York, NY. -solo
2000   Stedelijk Museum veor Actuele Kunst, Gent -solo
2000   Die Frauen der Antike, Galleria Lia Rumma, Naples -solo
2000   Lasst tausend Blumen blühen, Anthony d’Offay Gallery, London -solo
1999   Stedelijk Museum veor Actuele Kunst, Gent, Belgium
1999   Stelle Cadenti, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna -solo
1999   Die Frauen der Antike, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris -solo
1999   Die Frauen der Antike, Lia Rumma Gallery, Milan -solo
1998   Dein und mein Alter und das Alter der Welt, Gagosian Gallery, New York -solo
1998   The Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo -solo
1998   Galeria Camargo Vilaça, São Paulo -solo
1998   Woodcuts, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles -solo
1998   Works on Paper. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, NY. -solo
1997   Himmel-Erde. Museo Correr. Venice, Italy. -solo
1997   Biennale di Venezia, Venezia
1997   The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao
1997   Anselm Kiefer, Museo Capodimonte, Naples -solo
1996   Anselm Kiefer, Centro Cultural Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City -solo
1996   Cette obscure clarté qui tombe des étoiles, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris -solo
1996   I hold all Indias in my Hand, Anthony d’Offay Gallery, London -solo
1995   Anselm Kiefer, Kukje Gallery, Séoul -solo
1995   Deutsche Kunst Nach 1945”* Ludwig Forum
1995   Tag um Tag = 30 Jahre – Ehemalige der Klasse Peter Dreher“* Museum für Neue Kunst
1993   Work on paper, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
1993   Anselm Kiefer: Melancholia, Sezon Museum of Art, Tokyo -solo
1993   Anselm Kiefer: Melancholia, Kyoto National Museum of Art -solo
1992   Anselm Kiefer, Fuji Television Gallery, Tokyo -solo
1992   The Women of The Revolution, Anthony d’Offay Gallery, London -solo
1992   Anselm Kiefer, Lia Rumma Gallery, Naples -solo
1991   Anselm Kiefer: Bücher 1969-1990, Kunstverein Munich -solo
1991   Nachtschattengewächse, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris -solo
1991   National Gallery. Berlin, Germany -solo
1991   Kunsthaus. Zurich, Germany. -solo
1990   Energieen”Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
1990   Threshold”* Museet for Samtidskunst, Oslo
1990   Life Size”* The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
1990   Anselm Kiefer in “Räume und Völker“, Städel, Frankfurt
1990   Lilit, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York -solo
1990   Anselm Kiefer. Jason, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin -solo
1990   Anselm Kiefer: Bücher 1969-1989, Kunsthalle Tübingen -solo
1990   Kaiserring Goslar 1990: Anselm Kiefer, Mönchehaus Museum, Goslar -solo