Anselm Kiefer - Contemporary Art London Friday, October 13, 2006 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Foundation Kunst und Kultur, Bonn

  • Catalogue Essay

    “We see first the process by which [Kiefer] replaces the narratively burned land with lead; then, this material is manipulated; and finally it is superseded by the world of iron… Kiefer explains that for him iron has cosmic origins; having first come to the earth in the form of meteorites, it was subsequently employed by humanity in the Iron Age. Kiefer is no longer depicting stages in alchemy, but, in a very literal sense, is becoming an alchemist, who attempts to work the materials of the earth into new formations. He has created his own system of elements, consisting of sand and straw, which can be used as found, and lead and iron, which require great heat to be forged.” (M. Rosenthal, Anselm Kiefer, Chicago and Philadelphia, p. 143)


Geburt der Sonne (Birth of the Sun)

Copper wire, organic material, and paper collage on lead panel in steel frame.
67 x 94 1/2 in. (170.2 x 240 cm).
Titled and dated “Geburt der Sonne 1988” on label adhered to the reverse.

£120,000 - 180,000 

Contemporary Art

14 Oct 2006, 7pm