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Saturday, 13 September 2014

Anselm Keifer and Barjac

There is considerable anticipation of the Anselm Keifer retrospective to be held at the Royal Academy of Arts shortly. The Guardian has an interesting article today about Barjac, the home and studio complex near Nîmes in the south of France, to which Keifer moved in 1992. Michael Prodger writes of Keifer's, 'vast pictures, thick with paint and embedded with objects from sunflowers and diamonds to lumps of lead, nod to the Nazis and Norse myth, to Kabbalah and the Egyptian gods, to philosophy and poetry, and to alchemy and the spirit of materials' and suggests that 'the Kiefer worldview is best seen at La Ribaute, his 200 acre compound near Barjac.'

The first work by Kiefer that I saw was his Palmsonntag or Palm Sunday Artist Room at Tate Modern. I was so moved by this piece that I wrote a meditation based on notes and impressions that I jotted down while in the room itself.


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