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Jan
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Exhibition: Anselm Kiefer at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead

Exhibition dates: 8th October 2010 – 16th January 2011

 

Many thankx to the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art for allowing me to publish the photographs in the posting. Please click on the photographs for a larger version of the image. All images © Tate, London 2010.

 

 

Anselm Kiefer 'Margarette' 1981

 

Anselm Kiefer (German, b. 1945)
Margarette
1981
Oil and straw on canvas
280 cm x 380 cm

 

Anselm Kiefer. 'Parsifal III' 1973

 

Anselm Kiefer (German, b. 1945)
Parsifal III
1973
Oil and blood on paper on canvas
3007 x 4345 mm

 

Anselm Kiefer. 'Man under a Pyramid' 1996

 

Anselm Kiefer (German, b. 1945)
Man under a Pyramid
1996
Emulsion, acrylic, shellac and ash on burlap
2810 x 5020 x 50 mm
ARTIST ROOMS: Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. Acquired jointly through The d’Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008

 

Anselm Kiefer. 'Palm Sunday' 2006

 

Anselm Kiefer (German, b. 1945)
Palm Sunday
2006
Mixed media installation
Overall display dimensions variable
ARTIST ROOMS: Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. Acquired jointly through The d’Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008

 

Anselm Kiefer. 'Palette' 1981

 

Anselm Kiefer (German, b. 1945)
Palette
1981
Oil, shellac and emulsion on canvas
2917 x 4000 x 35 mm
ARTIST ROOMS: Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. Acquired jointly through The d’Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008

 

 

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art proudly announces a major exhibition of the work of Anselm Kiefer, one of the foremost figures of European post-war painting. The exhibition includes a diverse body of work, offering a selection that spans four decades and ranges from early paintings to monumental installations. Presented over two floors of BALTIC’s galleries, the exhibition is Kiefer’s largest in the UK for many years and has been made possible by ARTIST ROOMS On Tour with the Art Fund.

Following the success of 2009, 21 museums and galleries across the UK in 2010 will be showing 25 ARTIST ROOMS exhibitions and displays from the collection created by the curator and collector, Anthony d’Offay, and acquired by the nation in February 2008. ARTIST ROOMS On Tour with the Art Fund has been devised to enable this collection held by Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland, to reach and inspire new audiences across the country, particularly young people.

Anselm Kiefer at BALTIC includes painting, sculpture and installation, some of which has been rarely seen before. The starting point for Kiefer’s work is his fascination with myth, history, theology, philosophy and literature. For many years his painting was a vehicle to come to terms with his country’s past, and subsequently became ever concerned with religious traditions and the symbolism of different cultures. Kiefer’s weighty subject matters are reflected in the monumental scale of many of his works, while his keen exploration and visceral layering of materials such as lead, ash, rope and human hair bring an emotional potency.

Among the paintings to be included in the exhibition are three works from the artist’s early Parsifal series (1973), drawn from Richard Wagner’s last opera and its 13th century source, a romance by Wolfram von Eschenbach based upon the legend of the Holy Grail. With Palette 1981, Kiefer revealed the problematic legacy inherited by artists in post-war Germany: the artist’s palette hangs from a single burning thread evoking shame, loss and the apparent impossibility of artistic creation. The expansive Man under a Pyramid 1996, which measures more than five meters long, continues the artist’s interest in meditation and the linking of body and mind.

Also included is Palmsonntag 2006 which comprises a vast sequence of 36 paintings arranged around a full-size palm tree. While avoiding explicit religious statement, the work draws upon the Christian narrative of Palm Sunday to explore death and resurrection, decay, re-creation and rejuvenation; human themes that are central to Kiefer’s practice and that will be identified throughout this presentation.

 

Anselm Kiefer biography

Anselm Kiefer was born 1945 in Donauschingen, Germany, at the close of World War II. He studied art formally under Joseph Beuys at the Düsseldorf Academy in the early 1970s where history and myth became central themes in his work.

In 1971 Kiefer produced his first large-scale landscape paintings and from 1973 he began to experiment with wooden interiors on a monumental scale. His preoccupation with recent German history is seen throughout his work and his use of recurring motifs, such as an artist’s palette symbolises his emotional journey relating to this period. Kiefer has made increasing use of materials such as sand, straw, wood, dirt and photographs, as well as sewn materials and lead model soldiers. By adding found materials to the painted surface Kiefer invented a compelling third space between painting and sculpture. Recent work has broadened his range yet further: in 2006 he showed a series of paintings based around the little-known work of the modernist Russian poet Velimir Chlebnikov (1885-1922).

Kiefer has had extensive exhibitions internationally including the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1987), Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (1991), The Metropolitan Museum, New York (1998), Royal Academy, London (2001), Fort Worth Museum of Art, Fort Worth (2005) and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2006).

Press release from the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art website

 

Anselm Kiefer. 'Urd Werdande Skuld (The Norns)' 1983

 

Anselm Kiefer (German, b. 1945)
Urd Werdande Skuld (The Norns)
1983
Oil, shellac, emulsion and fibre on canvas
4205 x 2805 x 60 mm
ARTIST ROOMS: Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. Acquired jointly through The d’Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008

 

Anselm Kiefer. 'Parsifal I' 1973

 

Anselm Kiefer (German, b. 1945)
Parsifal I
1973
Oil on paper laid on canvas
3247 x 2198 mm

 

Anselm Kiefer. 'Parsifal II' 1973

 

Anselm Kiefer (German, b. 1945)
Parsifal II
1973
Oil and blood on paper laid on canvas
3247 x 2188 mm

 

 

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead
NE8 3BA, UK
Phone: +44 (0) 191 478 1810

Opening hours:
Daily 10.00 – 18.00

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art website

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Dr Marcus Bunyan is an Australian artist and writer. His art work explores the boundaries of identity and place. He writes Art Blart, a photographic archive and form of cultural memory, which posts mainly photography exhibitions from around the world. He holds a Dr of Philosophy from RMIT University, Melbourne, a Master of Arts (Fine Art Photography) from RMIT University, and a Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne.

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