Explore the captivating world of Anselm Kiefer as Galleria Lorcan O’Neill in Rome presents a remarkable exhibition until February 24th. This showcase features seven monumental paintings of islands, masterfully crafted by the renowned German artist.
Anselm Kiefer’s exploration of themes such as isolation and the human yearning for connection takes center stage in this exhibition. Drawing inspiration from mythologies, literature, philosophy, and his personal experiences, Kiefer’s art delves into profound aspects of the human condition.
Born on March 8, 1945, in Donaueschingen, Germany, Anselm Kiefer has become a globally acclaimed artist, celebrated for his profound and complex works that often delve into history, mythology, and existential questions. His artistic signature is marked by monumental scale, diverse materials, and a deep engagement with historical and cultural references.
The exhibition, titled “The Consciousness of Stones” (“Das Bewusstsein der Steine” in German), derives its name from the works of Hans Henry Jahnn, a 20th-century German author whose writings have significantly influenced Kiefer’s artistic journey. The exhibition’s centerpiece, “Die Vierzehn Nothelfer,” a vast painting in the gallery’s atrium, pays homage to “The Fourteen Holy Helpers,” a group of saints revered by Catholics for their powerful intercession.
As you explore the exhibition, the bronze sculpture “Melancolia” in the courtyard, part of the Women of Antiquity series, subtly nods to the iconic engraving by Albrecht Dürer, adding layers of cultural and historical depth to the narrative.
Anselm Kiefer’s ability to weave together historical narratives with personal reflections is evident in the rich tapestry of references found throughout the exhibition. References to Homer, Alexander the Great, Goethe, and Ludwig van Beethoven create a multidimensional exploration of myth, history, collective memory, and human knowledge – enduring concerns that have shaped Kiefer’s illustrious artistic career spanning over six decades.
Having lived and worked in France since 1993, Anselm Kiefer’s impact on the contemporary art scene is undeniable. His extensive exhibition history includes solo shows at prestigious venues such as Palazzo Ducale, Venice (2022); Grand Palais Éphémère, Paris (2021); and Centre Pompidou, Paris (2015). Immerse yourself in the profound and thought-provoking world of Anselm Kiefer’s art, where each piece tells a story of history, mythology, and the intricate tapestry of the human experience.