Anselm Kiefer

Born on March 8, 1945 in Donaueschingen, Germany, Kiefer grew up in the aftermath of bombed houses, something which made a profound impact on him. The artist went on to study under the influential Conceptual artist Joseph Beuys at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. While in Düsseldorf during the 1970s, he developed an interest in working with diverse materials and was influenced by the Neo-Expressionist painters Georg Baselitz and Jörg Immendorf. In 2016, the artist’s exhibition “Walhalla”—which takes its name from the warrior’s heaven of Norse mythology—opened at White Cube gallery in London to critical acclaim. Kiefer currently lives and works in Paris, France. His works are held in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Gallery in London, and the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art in Amsterdam, among others.


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