Anselm Kiefer

° 1945

Born in Donaueschingen (Germany), lives in Croissy-Beaubourg (France).

Anselm Kiefer (1945, Germany, lives in Paris) was a student of Joseph Beuys who became a painter and sculptor and occasionally makes large-scale installations. His work is characterised by broad and dark evocations of an unspecified mythologised past, with images of scenery referring to the Bible, the Third Reich or imaginary Germanic antiquity. In a series of paintings the woods and fields of Germany are entrusted with mystical powers with the help of unorthodox and expressive painting techniques. Kiefer’s Wagnerian ambition came to the surface in 2009, when he produced and decorated an opera entitled 'Am Anfang' (‘In the Beginning’).

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