Anselm Kiefer at the Grand Palais
Report dedicated to the preparation of an exhibit of Germany's Anselm Kiefer at the Grand Palais, an exhibit that required that the builiding be completely refitted to be able to display the artist's massive works.
Anselm Kiefer is emblematic of post-war German artists who tried to reconcile their country with its history, not without some painful memories to work through.
Student of the Karlsruhe Fine Art school, his final thesis caused scandal in 1969. It was a re-transcription of a performance that led him to do a Nazi salute in several European towns. Far from simple provocation, this gesture aimed to stir up a period that was still very new that had passed into silence as a dangerous taboo. In this wish to look his country's past in the face, he declared, "my biography is Germany's biography."
His work was thus built around Germanic history and legend, Jewish culture and poetry. Influenced by Joseph Beuys who was his professor, Anselm Kiefer is generally classed as a neo-expressionist. The Plasticien has lived and worked in France since 1993, in Barjac in the Gard region.