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- 4 June, 2022 to 8 January 2023
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This summer, Artipelag is celebrating its tenth anniversary by presenting its largest venture to date. Saturday 4 June sees the opening of the exhibition titled Essence-Eksistence featuring the work of German artist Anselm Kiefer (b. 1945). Although Kiefer is one of the world’s greatest living artists, his work has never been exhibited in Sweden on a larger scale.
The exhibition, curated by Walter Smerling, focusses on the development of Kiefer’s oeuvre encompassing paintings, sculptures, and installations. Intimately linked to German history, his works touch upon the nation’s identity from the Romantic era to WWII, when it was in post-war ruins. Kiefer’s artistry alludes to philosophy, literature, religion, and scientific theories that coalesce into a complex contemporary world view. His art is not confined within a single area but has a vast range of both subject and material and a practice that encompasses destruction and re-creation. It frequently references other cultural creators, such as poets Paul Celan and Ingeborg Bachmann.
Essence-Eksistence runs until 8 January 2023 in Artipelag’s exhibition hall and Artbox, and comprises some fifty works.
Image above: Anselm Kiefer, Opus Magnum – Mohn und Gedächtnis, 2014. Glass, metal, wood, chalk, coal, resin and shellac, 240x144x90 cm. Courtesy Grothe collection. Photo Collecto.art. © Kiefer-Sammlung Grothe im Franz Marc Museum Franz Marc Museum, Kochel am See.
Anselm Kiefer, Wege der Weltweisheit: die Hermannschlacht, 1978/1991. Woodcut on paper, 400x580 cm. Courtesy Grothe collection. © Anselm Kiefer
Anselm Kiefer, Voyage au bout de la nuit, 2002. Oil, emulsion, mixed media and lead on canvas, 385x560 cm. © Anselm Kiefer
Anselm Kiefer, Schwarze Flocken, 2006. Oil, emulsion, acrylic, chalk, lead, branches and plaster on canvas, 330x570 cm. Courtesy Grothe collection. © Anselm Kiefer