10 September 2010 - 9 January 2011
Anselm Kiefer is one of the post-war period's greatest and most famous German artists, and for many years he has enjoyed a central place in Louisiana's collection. It was therefore with great pride and joy Louisiana presented this major exhibition featuring works from four decades of Kiefer's outstanding artistic voyage.
Anselm Kiefer had long been on the list of post-war artists that Louisiana wished to show in the large, perspectivizing format: Kiefer is well represented in Louisiana’s collection, and his works are unconditionally among the visitors’ favourites. This was the first major showing of this important artis in Scandinavia and at the same time formed a grand finale in Louisiana’s showings of the post-war German ‘gang of four’: Polke, Richter, Baselitz and finally Kiefer.
A central theme of the exhibition was found in the artist’s particular insistence on the relevance of grand narratives. Anselm Kiefer (born 1945) uses myths that to a considerable extent absorb classical material, but which must be called both the myths of the age and his own myths, often with a starting point in the artist’s own traumatized nationality.
Kiefer represents one of the most striking new departures in post-war Germany, and it is this activity over four decades that the museum wanted to bring out – not as a narrow chronological development, but as five loosely demarcated themes, each of which clarified artistic concerns to which Kiefer’s works offer central contributions: New Works, Landscape as Myth, World Time – Life Time, Iconoclasm and The Book.
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