Texts by John-Paul Stonard
Designed by Zak Group
Published by White Cube, 2017
Hardback, Illustrated throughout
330 x 235 mm
Texts printed in English
Limited run publication of 1000 copies
Published following ‘Walhalla’, held across all of the galleries of White Cube Bermondsey in 2016, this book is a comprehensive record of Anselm Kiefer’s critically acclaimed show. It is a testament to the breadth of work produced by one of the greatest living artists.
‘Walhalla’ refers to the mythical place in Norse mythology, a paradise for those slain in battle, as well as to the Walhalla neo-classical monument, built by Ludwig I of Bavaria in 1842 to honour heroic figures in German history. Throughout his career, Kiefer has interwoven themes of politics and landscape and revisited imagery and symbolism through different forms and media, resonating with the idea of history as one continuous cycle.
The book begins with the monumental central installation. Dark and sombre, it comprises steel beds in a lead-lined corridor, at the far end of which can be seen a black-and-white photograph of the artist walking off into the distance. From this starting point, the book takes the reader through the exhibition with extensive reproductions and details of the paintings and sculptures in the surrounding galleries. Each of the rooms develops from the central space, including paintings using molten lead and a dramatic, rusty spiral staircase that disappears into the ceiling, relating to the moment when the Valkyries make the journey to Valhalla with the bodies of the slain.
Including an essay by art historian John-Paul Stonard and graphic design by London-based studio Zak Group.