Anselm Kiefer

About Artist: German painter. In 1969 he studied at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Karlsruhe, and in 1970 he moved to the Staatliche Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf, where he met Joseph Beuys. History and myth were the central themes in his work: he attempted by means of drawing and symbols to expose the many-layered quality of historical processes, in order ‘to approach in an unscientific way the centre from which events are controlled' (Kiefer, Art, 1990). In 1971 Kiefer produced his first large-scale landscape paintings, and from 1973 he produced painted wooden interiors that created a monumental effect. His preoccupation with the spirit and forms of Nazi rule in Germany is seen, finally, in his pictures reflecting the architecture of the 1930s and specifically the buildings of Albert Speer. Figures and events from mythology, as well as Old Testament subjects were depicted in repeated variations. He made increasing use of materials such as sand, straw, wood and photographs, as well as sewn material and toy soldiers.

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