giovedì 13 settembre 2012

ANSELM KIEFER

Der fruchtbare Halbmond / La Mezzaluna fertile



“What is history? History does not exist in an objective manner. It is purely subjective. It is in the hands of artists, as it was in the hands of God in Genesis. It is that thing which must, in the frst instance, be given form. What does the artist do? He draws connections. He ties the invisible threads between things. He dives into history, be it the history of mankind, the geological history of the Earth or the beginning and end of the manifest cosmos. For science and politics, art has no tangible use, and yet without art there is nothing. Whether we are blind to the artist’s works and the poet’s words remain unread, we know that when all is cast to the wind, art will go on." 
Anselm Kiefer,2011


Once again, with his boundless creative tension, Kiefer “dives into history” and plunges his eye – his, as well as ours – into civilization’s birthplace, the strip of land that stretched from Ancient Egypt all the way to Mesopotamia. His research is not inspired by nostalgia but rather by the need to question that world, with its kingdoms and cities, and the fragile material of its architectures. In the clayey, muddy landscapes that open the exhibition, dotted with ruins and the remains of
ancient buildings, Kiefer brings back fragments of the past for our thoughts’ use. What falls is neither forgotten nor set aside, but becomes that still-open place where future knowledge is built,and where East and West can come together.
The three works named after the Fertile Crescent clearly reveal the artist’s extraordinary ability to capture and give new life to the energy that bursts forth from that Babelic world together with the value acquired by dispersion and chaos.

September - November 2012
Lia Rumma Gallery
Milan
Italy

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