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Aperiatur terra | Anselm Kiefer

Posted in Art, Object, Print by B on February 21, 2010

Palmsonntag, 2006. Mixed Media, 215 x 141 x 11 cm.

Palmsonntag, 2006. Mixed Media, 215 x 141 x 11 cm

Palmsonntag, 2006. Mixed Media, 215 x 141 x 11 cm.

Palmsonntag, 2006. Mixed Media, 215 x 141 x 11 cm.

Palmsonntag, 2006. Mixed Media, 215 x 141 x 11 cm.

Palmsonntag, 2006. Mixed Media, 215 x 141 x 11 cm.

A key figure in European post-war culture, Anselm Kiefer’s art derives from his great awareness of history, theology, mythology, literature and philosophy, and his exploration of a range of materials such as lead, concrete, straw, clay, flowers and seeds.

Kiefer grew up in Germany close to the French border on the Rhine and looked to France as his spiritual home. His early work was influenced by Joseph Beuys and in the context of the immediate post-war period, Kiefer set out to understand Germany’s recent history, then still a taboo subject.In later work, the artist drew on German military history, Wagnerian mythology and Nazi architecture to grapple with the possibility of pursuing creativity in the light of catastrophic human suffering. Kiefer’s technique of layering paint and debris gives visceral life to his preoccupations with decay and re-creation.

After the reunification of Germany Kiefer moved to Barjac, a small town in the South of France, developing and widening his preoccupations. His study of ancient belief-systems such as the Kabbala and travel to South America, India, China and Australia expanded his interests to a cosmic view of the world. In Barjac he was able to work on an even larger scale and confronted with the natural world, became interested in theories about the lives of plants, the microcosm and macrocosm, and the concept that for every plant there exists a correlated star. The huge installation works of Palmsonntag (Palm Sunday), refer to the Christian holy day and suggests the balance between death and resurrection, decay and recreation so characteristic of Kiefer’s work.


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  1. the viewer said, on March 1, 2010 at 17:47

    I’ve really enjoyed this post and your blog…and have reposted these images here:
    http://minimalexposition.blogspot.com/2010/03/anselm-kiefer-aperiatur-terra.html with a linkback.
    Thanks, this is a great site.

  2. Semana santa « This Analog Life said, on April 8, 2010 at 18:39

    […] Palmsonntag (Palm Sunday), Anselm Kiefer (2006). Via History of Our World. A short time later, when the carpenter was taking measurements for the coffin, through the window […]

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