When I was a young student I wrote my dissertation on Anselm Kiefer and John Heartfield. It was about art and media pre-World War II and post World War II. Kiefer's work was the aftermath, the devastation both on Germany and the mental and physical impact on the people of Germany. 'As Kiefer has said in reference to this national legacy of World War II, “[A]fter the ‘misfortune,’ as we all name it so euphemistically now, people thought that in 1945 we were starting all over again. . . . . It’s nonsense. The past was put under taboo, and to dig it up again generates resistance and disgust.”' (Aklteveer, 2008). I poured over books of his work, looked at obscure journals and watched many documentaries and films of the man and his work. I had not actually seen any of this is real life. After I had completed, years later there was an exhibition as the The Royal Academy where they were showing a large collection. Kiefer's work is massive, huge the sheer size is overwhelming and also beautiful, awe-inspiring.
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SFMOMA. 2006. Major Survey Of Anselm Kiefer's Works At SFMOMA. [online] Available at: https://www.sfmoma.org/press/release/major-survey-of-anselm-kiefers-works-at-sfmoma/ [Accessed 10 May 2022].
Borges' Library. 2019. Anselm Kiefer: Fire in the Attic. [online] Available at: https://www.borges-library.com/2019/04/anselm-kiefer-fire-in-the-attic-.html [Accessed 10 May 2022].