Anselm Kiefer – Retrospective at Royal Academy

Creation and destruction are one and the same.

Anselm Kiefer‘s art is one of the most complex ever existed. The intricate layers of different meanings and references make each work extremely hard to understand, yet its monumental power and its rough beauty immediately speak to any visitor. The visceral involvement one feels while standing in front of a painting or a sculpture made by the German artist is somewhat inexplicable. Kiefer‘s art embodies the whole history of mankind and it brutally conveys it all at once. The controversial feelings caught within it are simply  overwhelming and the spectator drowns in this sea of spectral beauty which eventually leads him to a new self-awareness. Anselm Kiefer moves men’s hunger for knowledge by teasing the brain with infinite riddles. The colossal visual impact and the tactile textures of the works claim the participation of all the senses. Each art’s piece arouses questions which are left with no answers, delivered to the spectator’s own interpretation. Religion an mitology introduce supernatual and sacred elements, while meomories recall the contoversial nature of the human being, seen as a corrupted creature that rules through fear and destruction as well as a self-refelctive individual gifted with the rational thought. Besides the specific themes of each work, Anselm Kiefer‘s art holds the value of timeless historical evidences. This Fall the Royal Academy of Arts in London hosted the first major retrospective dedicated to the work of the German Artist. The unique nature of the his art, combined with the exhibition’s clever curation, creates an overall feeling of stepping into the artist’s mind and experiencing his obsessions, his culture, and the stories he’s longed to tell. The Kiefer‘s spectacle is staged to astound and mesmerise, presented in the most complete way a British museum has ever achieved.

Art takes responsibility but doesn’t give up being art.

  • Anselm Kiefer – Retrospective at Royal Academy

    Article by
    Cecilia Musmeci



    Cecilia Musmeci


    Royal Academy of Arts


    Sept 27th – Dec 14th
    Burlington House
    London W1J 0BD

    Special Thanks

    Alexandra Bradley