Anselm Kiefer – Books and Xylographs

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Curators: Natalia Granero and Gunnar B. Kvaran
Publisher: ART FICTION, 2019
Language: English and French
Dimensions: 23,5 x 32.5 x 5 cm
Pages: 531
ISBN: 978-2-940570-65-2


Anselm Kiefer – Books and Xylographs is a comprehensive catalogue that was published in connection with the eponymous exhibition, held from May 30th to August 18th, 2019. The exhibition was a collaboration between the Jan Michalski Foundation for Writing and Literature in Montricher, Switzerland, and the Astrup Fearnley Museet, and aimed to showcase the artist’s connections with poetry, myths, Sumerian and Biblical stories, tales, history, philosophy, Kabbalah, alchemy, and more.

The catalogue features a richly illustrated collection of Kiefer’s works, including a series of books dating from 1969 to 2017, woodcuts, paintings, and sculptures. The most recent of these books and woodcuts were exhibited for the first time, providing a unique opportunity to explore Kiefer’s artistic evolution. The catalogue also includes texts that focus on his work with artist’s books and the literary references that are so crucial to his oeuvre.

The introduction by curators Natalia Granero and Gunnar B. Kvaran sets the stage for the exhibition and the catalogue, providing a brief overview of Kiefer’s career and highlighting the importance of his collaborations with writers and poets. The catalogue also includes texts by Rainer Michael Mason, Jean-Max Colard, Götz Adriani, and Anselm Kiefer himself. Mason’s essay explores Kiefer’s relationship with literature and the ways in which his art blurs the boundaries between the visual and the textual. Colard’s text focuses on the book as a medium and the ways in which Kiefer transforms it into an object of art. Adriani’s essay looks at Kiefer’s use of woodcuts and the significance of this traditional technique in his work. Finally, Kiefer’s own text provides insight into his creative process and the ideas that motivate his art.

Anselm Kiefer is considered one of the most important artists of his generation, and this catalogue provides a fascinating glimpse into his artistic world. Kiefer works with a variety of media, including paintings, collages, photographs, books, and sculptures, and often uses unconventional materials such as sand, ash, clay, and lead. While he ultimately chose painting over writing, literature continues to play a preponderant role in his work. Anselm Kiefer – Books and Xylographs is an essential resource for anyone interested in this influential artist and his artistic practice.