Go See: Anselm Kiefer at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, through August 27, 2008

August 11th, 2008

San Loretto, Anselm Kiefer (2007) via Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

Anselm Kiefer’s solo show at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Salzburg, Austria called “Maria Walks Amid the Thorn”, will be open through August 27.  The exhibition is made up of over 30 new works, and although some of them were started in the 1970s, almost all of them were completed during the past two years. The work all deal with the biblical figure of the Virgin Mary, and the title of his show, “Maria walks amid the Thorn,” references a popular German Christmas carol.  Kiefer, who is known for his prolific usage of organic material, such as dirt, lead, wood, and straw, continues to develop his trademark process of sedimentation.

Anselm Kiefer [Art News]
Anselm Kiefer: Maria Walks Amid the Thorn [Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac]
View video of Anselm Kiefer’s solo show here [Vernissage]

Ave Maria, Anselm Kiefer (2007) via Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

Born in Germany in 1945, Anselm Kiefer, is one of the most successful German artists of his time, and currently lives and works in France. He studied with fellow German artist, Joseph Beuys, in the 1970’s.

Wurzel Jesse, Anselm Kiefer (2007) via Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

In the press release for the show, Anselm Kiefer is quoted as saying, “What greatly interests me about the Virgin Mary today, apart from the biographical formation, are the dogmas. There are five Virgin Mary dogmas. The last one was proclaimed in 1950, the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven with her body and soul. The dogma of the virgin birth of Jesus and the Immaculate Conception originates from the nineteenth century, when people already knew how children are conceived. I always thought it audacious of the Catholic Church to proclaim such a dogma. It is such a challenge to common sense. Making an assertion that is completely untenable is somewhat artistic. The absolute power that can be experienced by an artist at work must be seen parallel to the Church that claims Mary was a virgin three times, prior to the visitation, while, and after giving birth. That has always fascinated me. I would almost call it a kind of Dadaism. It’s crazy, it’s really crazy.”

Schechina, Anselm Kiefer (2000) via Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

Jakobs Traum, Anselm Kiefer (2008) via Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac