Thursday, August 17, 2006

Anselm Kiefer: Heaven and Earth

Displayed at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden June 22 – ­September 10, 2006

Anselm Kiefer (b. Germany, 1945) is widely recognized as one of the most significant artists working today. This exhibition— the first American survey of Kiefer’s work in almost twenty years — includes fifty large paintings, books, and sculptures created between 1969 and the present. The selection emphasizes the layers of meaning in the artist’s work, specifically focusing on his career-long meditation on the relationship between heaven and earth.

“This is not an exhibition about religion, but about why we keep looking for heaven and not finding it,” says Michael Auping, chief curator of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and organizer of the exhibition.

Kiefer’s images intertwine a complex range of sources, including alchemical treatises; Nordic, Greek, Egyptian, and early Christian mythology; and mystical Jewish texts, often relating such subjects to modern history. Kiefer’s evocative mixes of materials, such as paint, dried plants, clay, ash, and lead are visually fascinating. He paints immense landscapes ranging from lush to barren and panoramas of stars as he seeks to grasp the workings and mysteries of the cosmos. The presentation at the Hirshhorn is coordinated by curator Valerie Fletcher. “Anselm Kiefer: Heaven and Earth” is made possible by the global financial services firm UBS. The exhibition has been organized by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Independence Avenue at 7th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024

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