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Anselm Kiefer

Fallen Angels



Anselm Kiefer Engelssturz, 2022–23. Courtesy of Palazzo Strozzi.

Anselm Kiefer is a prominent German painter and sculptor, born on March 8, 1945, in Donaueschingen, Germany. He is renowned for his complex and monumental works that often delve into themes of history, mythology, and memory. Kiefer’s art frequently incorporates materials such as lead, ash, straw, and clay, giving his pieces a distinctive texture and weight.

His work is deeply influenced by Germany’s past, particularly the trauma of World War II and the Holocaust. Kiefer’s exploration of these subjects is both personal and universal, seeking to confront and understand the dark chapters of history.

Kiefer’s installations and canvases are known for their grand scale and evocative power, often featuring recurring motifs such as books, landscapes, and celestial bodies.

The presentation of the exhibition “Anselm Kiefer: Fallen Angels” at Palazzo Strozzi commences with the piece “Engelssturz” (Fall of the Angel), which the artist crafted explicitly to engage in a dialogue with the Renaissance courtyard, underscoring the convergence of tradition and modernity.

“Engelssturz” was conceived as a component of the Palazzo Strozzi Future Art initiative, supported by the Fondazione Hillary Merkus Recordati.





“I believe art has to take responsibility but it should not give up being art.”


Anselm Kiefer

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