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Anselm Kiefer, for Velimir Khlebnikov

Exhibition in the State Hermitage Museum, May, 31 - September, 3, 2017

In May 2017, for the very first time in Russia, the State Hermitage Museum inaugurates a solo exhibition of Anselm Kiefer. The exhibition is a contemporary artist's dedication to the great Russian poet Velimir Khlebnikov.

Anselm Kiefer is a contemporary German artist who tends to have a deep and diverse intellectual reflection in his work. In his oeuvre he faces the themes of history, religion, literature, philosophy, images of memory and heritage. The source of inspiration for Kiefer is world culture in its most wide perspective: German history, religious mysticism, antique verification, and Mesopotamian mythology.

According to the German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk, "Anselm Kiefer's art lodges in a strange spaciousness, as far from horrible as it is from the decorative", - two constants of contemporary art. His pictorial works - extensive, multilayered, three-dimensional - mark the revival of the genre of historic painting with its key questions: memory and cultural myth. In a challenging Van Gogh-manner colors on Kiefer's canvases get mixed with dust, soil, clay, rusted metal, straw, dry flowers. In 1985 the artist acquired an obsolete roof of Cologne cathedral: lead sheets became pages of multiple Kiefer's books, which identify the whole artist's iconography. Introduction to the works by Anselm Kiefer demands a viewer prepared for a mystic compassion and a dramatic immersion into the whirling of rarified intellectual ideas.

In 2016, Anselm Kiefer, inspired by his visit to St. Petersburg, created a new exhibition project specially for the Hermitage Museum. In the triadic space of the colossal Nikolaevsky hall of the Winter Palace Kiefer plans to set his works dedicated to the Russian futurist-poet and word-creation experimentalist Velimir Khlebnikov (1885-1922). More than 20 new works were created for this show.


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