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The work of one Europe’s most significant post-war artists is being exhibited in Coventry. [News]

Published: Friday, 02 November 2018

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ARTIST ROOMS brings Anselm Kiefer exhibition to Coventry’s Herbert Art Gallery & Museum.

The work of one Europe’s most significant post-war artists is being exhibited in Coventry.

The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum is presenting the work of Anselm Kiefer in an exhibition that spans the past 40 years of his practice and includes prominent paintings and photographs dating from 1969 onwards.

The works are drawn from the ARTIST ROOMS collection owned jointly by the National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. This is the first time the Herbert has collaborated with ARTIST ROOMS as part of the national exhibition programme.   

Born in Germany in 1945, Kiefer has produced a diverse body of work comprising of painting, photography, sculpture and installation that explores themes of national identity, human struggle and how we cope with our history. Kiefer is described as having an ‘unflinching willingness to confront taboo and controversial issues from recent history, often addressing the legacy of Germany after the Second World War’. 

Francis Ranford, Cultural and Creative Director of the Herbert, said the exhibition showed the versatility of the gallery in bringing art and culture from across the spectrum to the city.

She said: “Anselm Kiefer is one of the most renowned post-war European artists who has used his work to explore themes of national identity and collective memory.

“ARTIST ROOMS replaces Play! and Rare, a light hearted exhibition showcasing the history of toys, games and fun, whereas Keifer offers an opportunity for deep reflection of global trauma that still has a current relevance today.’

“The Kiefer exhibition is controversial, challenging and of huge significance so we are thrilled to bring it to Coventry.

“Kiefer was born two months before the end of the Second World War so the aftermath had a huge impact on his life and, therefore, his art, something this city can identify with.

“It’s a thought-provoking exhibition that we hope will generate lots of conversation and interest in his work.”

This exhibition draws from ARTIST ROOMS, a touring collection of over 1,600 works of modern and contemporary art by more than 40 major artists. The collection is displayed across the UK through a touring programme, supported by Arts Council England, Art Fund and Creative Scotland. ARTIST ROOMS was established through The d’Offay Donation in 2008, with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund and the Scottish and British Governments.

For more information on the new exhibition go to the www.theherbert.org

 

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