Anselm Kiefer

Anselm Kiefer

Neo-Expressionist artist Anselm Kiefer’s paintings and sculptures take on such grand themes as national identity, societal trauma, and humanity’s place in the cosmos. Born in 1945, in Donaueschingen, Germany, two months before the end of the Second World War, Kiefer has continuously grappled with the devastation wrought by the Nazis, exploring questions of power and politics in his work. The artist studied at art academies in Freiburg, Karlsruhe, and Düsseldorf, and established an art practice in Germany before moving to France in 1992. He now lives between Paris and Alcácer do Sal, Portugal, and exhibits his work internationally. He has had major solo exhibitions at venues such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, and the Royal Academy of Arts, London. His work may be found in the permanent collections of several prominent international institutions including the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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