Anselm Kiefer

Born in 1945 in Donaueschingen (Germany)
Lives and works in Croissy-Beaubourg (France)

Anselm Kiefer’s practice examines the past and its post-war situation, addressing taboos and conflicts of history such as the Nazie domination or the Cold War politics. A law student, he shifted to fine arts and studies at the Staatliche Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf with the conceptual artist Joseph Beuys. Beuys influences Kiefer’s practice with an interest toward cultural myths, metaphors and personal symbolic vocabulary. Anselm Kiefer represents Germany at the Venice Biennale in 1980 and has had multiple solo exhibitions, among others at the Museum of Modern Art (New York) and at the Guggenheim (New York). 

Der Brennende Dornbusch refers to the Bible in which Moses, while in the desert, witnesses the first of many miracles. A monumental four-panel composition, the piece oscillates between painting and sculpture, and explores themes related to good and evil, rebirth and death. An accumulation of materials such as found chairs, branches, lead and thick paint inhabits the arid landscape evoking the exemplary story of salvation in the desolate history of mankind.

Anselm Kiefer, Der Brennende Dornbusch, 2007, Mixed media on board, lead and glass, 130 5/8" x 302 ½" (332 x 768 cm). Photo credit: Romain Guilbault

Other exhibitions of the artist at Arsenal Contemporary Art