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Anselm Kiefer

Anselm Kiefer

Germany • Born in: 1945

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Anselm Kiefer is a German painter born March 8, 1945, in Donaueschingen, Germany. He studied law, languages, and romantic literature, before turning to art by attending the Schools of Fine Arts in Freiburg im Breisgau and Karlsruhe. He then worked in Buchen in Baden-Württemberg then moved to Paris, France. 

Born at the end of the Second World War and marked by the tragedy of the Holocaust, Anselm Kiefer wishes to express a German renewal in his works where he mixes painting, photography, books, and sculptures. Fascinated by Judaism, throughout his career Anselm Kiefer explores the theme of Kabbalah, his work is thus part of an existential work of memory and a spiritual quest made up of great myths and Kabbalistic mysticism.

An internationally recognized artist, Kiefer's works are visible in the collections of the largest museums in the world. In October 2007, three of his works entered the Louvre collections. In 2009, for the 20th anniversary of the Opéra Bastille, he designed a musical show entitled Am Anfang, of which he created the concept, staging, sets, and costumes based on biblical texts from the Old Testament. He also received the prestigious 1999 Praemium Imperial Prize in Tokyo and the Peace Prize for German Booksellers and Publishers for 2008.

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Anselm Kiefer is a German painter born March 8, 1945, in Donaueschingen, Germany. He studied law, languages, and romantic literature, before turning to art by attending the Schools of Fine Arts in Freiburg im Breisgau and Karlsruhe. He then worked in Buchen in Baden-Württemberg then moved to Paris, France. 

Born at the end of the Second World War and marked by the tragedy of the Holocaust, Anselm Kiefer wishes to express a German renewal in his works where he mixes painting, photography, books, and sculptures. Fascinated by Judaism, throughout his career Anselm Kiefer explores the theme of Kabbalah, his work is thus part of an existential work of memory and a spiritual quest made up of great myths and Kabbalistic mysticism.

An internationally recognized artist, Kiefer's works are visible in the collections of the largest museums in the world. In October 2007, three of his works entered the Louvre collections. In 2009, for the 20th anniversary of the Opéra Bastille, he designed a musical show entitled Am Anfang, of which he created the concept, staging, sets, and costumes based on biblical texts from the Old Testament. He also received the prestigious 1999 Praemium Imperial Prize in Tokyo and the Peace Prize for German Booksellers and Publishers for 2008.

When was Anselm Kiefer born?

The year of birth of the artist is: 1945