16 December 2015 – 18 April 2016
The Centre Pompidou stages a retrospective of Anselm Kiefer’s work, the first in France for 30 years.
The exhibition consist of close to 150 works, with a selection of approximately 60 paintings, including iconic works from the 1970s and ‘80s such as Quaternität (1973), Varus (1976), Margarete (1981) and Shulamith (1983). Also exhibited are installations, graphic works, artist’s books, as well as 40 ‘display cases’ produced specifically for the show, exploring themes of alchemy and Kabbala. Presented under glass, these environments address the fragmented world of a past industrial age - old machinery, and rusty metal parts, photographs, filmstrips and other objects.
In the forum of the museum the artist has recreated a large scale installation originally made in Barjac, in the South of France, where Kiefer lived and worked between 1993 and 2007. In the reception area a second installation is made up of lead, water and metal, materials frequently used by the artist. These, together with thousands of photographs taken by Kiefer throughout his career, make up an almost biographical databank.
The exhibition is curated by Jean-Michel Bouhours, Curator at the Musée national d’art moderne.
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Anselm Kiefer 'Mann im Walld' (1971)
Collection particulière, San Francisco
© the artist photo Ian Reeves