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Centre Pompidou presents: Anselm Kiefer

16 December, 2015



The Centre Pompidou is offering an unprecedented exploration of Anselm Kiefer’s oeuvre. This retrospective, the first held in France in thirty years, invites the visitor to wander through some ten thematic rooms covering the ensemble of the German artist’s career from the late 1960s up to the present.

The exhibition occupies 2000 sqm. and presents nearly one hundred and fifty works: sixty paintings selected among the major masterpieces, an installation, an ensemble of vitrines and works on paper as well as a few of the artist’s earliest books. Laid out in a sequence of thematic rooms correlated with specific times and spaces, the exhibition includes an exceptional selection of Anselm Kiefer’s most emblematic paintings, landmarks in his career: works like Resurrexit (1973), Quaternität (1973), Varus (1976), Margarethe (1981) and Sulamith (1983) or again Für Paul Celan: Aschenblume (2006) are the “pivotal” paintings of the different issues involved: the question of Germany’s history, the reawakening of memory, the dialectics of destruction and creation, the mourning of Yiddish culture.

Successively, in the early 1990s, Anselm Kiefer’s plastic world opened up to other intellectual systems of thought such as the Kabbalah, that enriched and reoriented the artist’s fundamental questionings. In 2015 the artist produced within this new project an ensemble of some forty vitrines on the themes of alchemy and the Kabbalah, drawing from a “reservoir of possibilities” an arsenal of objects awaiting redemption. Displayed under glass these environments bring into play the battered and Saturnine world of a bygone industrial age: old machines, rusty metal scraps, plants, photographs, drawings, strips and objects in lead. Unlike curiosity cabinets, what the artist emphasizes is the mystery of their presence, the emission of the mysterious light inherent to alchemy.

Anselm Kiefer’s œuvre, with a singular plastic and visual intensity, invites the visitor to discover several poetic, literary and philosophic worlds, ranging from the poetry of Paul Celan, ingeborg bachmann or jean genet, to the philosophy of heidegger, alchemical treatises, the sciences, esotericism, the hebrew thought of the Talmud and the kabbalah.

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Huile, acrylique, émulsion et paille sur toile 280 x 400 cm The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art © Anselm Kiefer / Photo : Ian Reeves
Sulamith, 1983
Huile, émulsion, gravure sur bois et paille sur toile 290 x 370 cm The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art © Anselm Kiefer / Photo: Ian Reeves
Seraphim, 1983-1984
Huile, paille, émulsion et shellac sur toile 320,7 × 330,8 cm Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Purchased with funds contributed by Mr. and Mrs. Andrew M. Saul, 1984 Photo : © Atelier Anselm Kiefer
Osiris und Isis,1985-1987
Huile, acrylique, émulsion, argile, porcelaine, plomb, fil de cuivre et circuit imprimé sur toile 379,7 x 561,3 x 24,1 cm San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, purchase through a gift of Jean Stein by exchange, the Mrs. Paul L. Wattis Fund, and the Doris and Donald Fisher Fund © Anselm Kiefer / Photo : Ben Blackwell
Lilith, 1987-1990
Huile, émulsion, shellac, fusain cendres sur toile, argile, cheveux, bandes de plomb et pavot sur toile 380 x 560 cm Collection particulière, famille Grothe Photo : © Atelier Anselm Kiefer


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Centre Pompidou
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