Anselm Kiefer - Archimedes

Graphite, charcoal and watercolour on black and white photograph, 2011. Copyright Anselm Kiefer. Courtesy White Cube. Photo Stefan Handy.

Anselm Kiefer - Archimedes

Graphite, charcoal and watercolour on black and white photograph, 2011. Copyright Anselm Kiefer. Courtesy White Cube. Photo Stefan Handy.

Anselm Kiefer's work in never Judge a Book...

Graphite, charcoal and watercolour on black and white photograph, 2011. Copyright Anselm Kiefer. Courtesy White Cube. Photo Stefan Handy.

Anselm Kiefer

Anselm Kiefer has produced a diverse body of work comprising painting, sculpture and installation that has made him one of the most important European artists of the past four decades. He attended the School of Fine Arts at Fribourg-in-Brisgau, then the Art Academy in Karlsruhe, while maintaining contact with Joseph Beuys, but soon began to develop his own deliberately indigenous set of subjects and symbols that he used to explore the fraught territory of German history and identity. In his muscular artistic language, physical materiality and visual complexity enliven his themes and content with a rich, vibrant tactility.

He has exhibited widely, including solo shows at The Royal Academy, London (2014) and Centre Georges Pompidou and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris in 2015.

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