Born at the close of World War II, Kiefer reflects upon and critiques the dangerous myths that propelled the Third Reich to power. Fusing art and literature, painting and sculpture, the artist engages German history and the ancestral epics of life, death, and the cosmos to reinforce lessons of the past.
Anselm Kiefer was born in 1945 in Donaueschingen, Germany. After studying law, he began his art education in Karlsruhe and then Düsseldorf, where he studied informally under Joseph Beuys. Kiefer’s work has been shown and collected by major museums worldwide. Recent solo exhibitions include “The Seven Heavenly Palaces 1973–2001,” Fondation Beyeler, Basel (2001); “Heaven and Earth,” Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas (2005, traveled to the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Canada; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California); Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Connecticut (2006); Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Austria (2007); Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain (2007); Louvre Museum, Paris (2007–08); Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark (2010); Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams (2013); Royal Academy of Arts, London (2014); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2015); and the Nova Southeastern University Art Museum, Florida (2016).
In 2007, Kiefer inaugurated the “Monumenta” program at the Grand Palais, Paris, with a vast site–specific installation of sculptures and paintings. In 2009, he directed and designed the sets for “Am Anfang (In the Beginning)” at the Opéra National de Paris, France.
Kiefer currently lives and works in France.