What’s on in… Paris – L´évènement, Anselm Kiefer at Pompidou Centre
This amazing exhibition offers a never seen before retrospective of Anselm Kiefer. All kinds of Kiefer pieces were brought together for the first time in a unique way, more than sixty paintings curated as a series of dramatic moments in the artist career. The German artist learned from the great Joseph Beuys, and participated with Georg Baselitz, Sigmar Polke and Gerhardt Richter in the revival of German painting, providing a provocative, controversial and confrontation work.
Usually associated by the critics to the new expressionist and new symbolism movements, Anselm Kiefer, was born in 1945, the year that World War II ended, and was forever marked by this dark side of society. In particular, by the history and myth of German culture. One of the many examples is the 1980’s work, which shows ruins of the buildings from the Fuhrer’s favourite architect, buildings that were actually destroyed by allied bombings, as we can see in the piece Innenraum, which represents the New Reich Chancellery, the symbol of Nazi power. Albert Speer, Fuhrer’s architect, wanted his work to turn into ruins that would inspire people through time, but that didn’t happened, which allowed people to forget the war. Kiefer wants us to remember the war and the damages it made.
Focused on exposing all that went wrong with his country and with the world, shows a sense of irony and grief for what it might have been. What Kiefer’s work lack in colour, is compensated on power, his paintings don’t leave anyone indifferent, even the materials used by the artist, ash and lead, are related to this feeling.
A remarkable exhibition, that allows us to scoop on the artist’s mind through his life, and all the decisive moments, especially the dramatic ones. The exhibit will be open until 18th of April.
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