Aperiatur Terra et Germinet Salvatorem
Anselm Kiefer
Aperiatur Terra et Germinet Salvatorem
Anselm Kiefer (German, b. 1945): Aperiatur Terra et Germinet Salvatorem, 2005-06. Oil, acrylic, emulsion and shellac on canvas; 110-1/4 x 299-3/16 inches (280 x 760 cm). Jay Jopling/ White Cube, London, UK. © Anselm Kiefer. Image: Todd-White Art Photography (Larger image unavailable due to copyright issues.) © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

'Artforum describes Kiefer's art as "sensuous and mesmerizing images through which we gain entry to his arcane mindscape of ancient and recent history, philosophy, botany, Nordic myth, National Socialism, alchemy, and Wagner."

The Independent said in a review of Kiefer's February 2007 exhibition at London's White Cubes Gallery: "Great art is about transformation.

… The contrasting themes of destruction and recreation, violent upheaval and spiritual renewal, underpin much of the artist's work."' (© Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art)

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"This is as good, I think, as art ever gets: mystery and matter delivered in a rush of poetic illumination. That Kiefer's work happens to engage with almost everything that weighs upon us in our tortured age - the fate of the earth, the closeness of calamity, the desperate possibility of regeneration amid the charred and blasted ruins - and that it does so without the hobnailed tread of pedestrian polemics, is just one of the many marvels for which we have to thank, yet again, this most indefatigable of modern magi." (Simon Schama, © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited)

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