Anselm Kiefer was named after the nineteenth-century classical painter Anselm Feuerbach and planned from childhood to become an artist.

Much of his work explores his home country’s sensibilities and culture, including an unflinching gaze on the rise of Nazism. His works are characterised by an unflinching willingness to confront his culture’s dark past, and unrealized potential, in works that are often done on a large, confrontational scale well suited to the subjects. It is also characteristic of his work to find signatures and/or names of people of historical importance, legendary figures or places particularly pregnant with history. All of these are encoded sigils through which Kiefer seeks to process the past; this has resulted in his work being linked with a style called New Symbolism.

Kiefer has lived and worked in France since 1991. Since 2008, he has lived and worked primarily in Paris] and in Alcácer do Sal, Portugal


Anselm Kiefer
Anselm Kiefer
Donaueschingen, 1945

Upcoming Exhibitions

The Red Bean Grows in the South

Faurschou Foundation New York
03/11/2019 — 11/04/2020

Past Exhibitions

New Exhibitions at the Margulies Collection 2018

The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse
23/10/2018 — 27/04/2019

Provocations: Anselm Kiefer at The Met Breuer

The Met Breuer
13/12/2017 — 08/04/2018

Sculpture, Painting and Video at the Margulies Collection

The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse
25/10/2017 — 28/04/2018

Anselm Kiefer: Walhalla

White Cube Bermondsey
23/11/2016 — 12/02/2017

Solo Shows


Anselm Kiefer: Paintings, Sculpture & Installation, The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Miami
Anselm Kiefer, alchemy of the work, National Library of France, Paris
Anselm Kiefer. Im Gewitter der Rosen, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria
ARTIST ROOMS: Anselm Kiefer, Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle, UK
Anselm Kiefer. Paintings, White Cube, São Paulo
Anselm Kiefer. Works from the Grothe Collection, Serlachius Museum Gösta, Mänttä, Finland
Anselm Kiefer. Books, Bibliothèques Nationale de France, Paris
Anselm Kiefer, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris


Anselm Kiefer, Royal Academy of Arts, London
Anselm Kiefer. Johannis-Nacht, Mönchehaus Museum für Moderne Kunst, Goslar, Germany
Anselm Kiefer. Der Rhein, Chapel of Mary Magdalene, Alba, Italy


Anselm Kiefer: Morganthau Plan, Gagosian Gallery, New York
Anselm Kiefer: Beyond Landscape, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
Anselm Kiefer, MASS MoCA, North Adams, USA
Anselm Kiefer. Un maestro della pintura. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Gas, Natural, A Coruña, Spain
Early Anselm Kiefer: Selections from the Hall Collection and Kiefer Studio, The Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, USA
Anselm Kiefer. Walther von der Vogelweide, für Lia, Galleria Lia Rumma, Naples, Italy


Anselm Kiefer, Gagosian Gallery, Paris
Anselm Kiefer: Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom, White Cube, London
Anselm Kiefer. Die Ungeborenen, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris
Anselm Kiefer. Works from the Essl Collection, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg / Vienna
Anselm Kiefer, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada


Anselm Kiefer: Des Meeres und der Liebe Wellen, White Cube, London
Anselm Kiefer: Il Mistero delle Cattedrali, White Cube, London
Anselm Kiefer: Drawings from the Sonnabend Collection, Craig F. Starr Gallery, New York


Anselm Kiefer: Next Year in Jerusalem, Gagosian Gallery, New York
Anselm Kiefer: Palmsonntag, Art Gallery of Ontario, Ontario, Canada
Anselm Kiefer: Artist Rooms, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK
Anselm Kiefer, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark
Anselm Kiefer, Lorcan O’Neill Gallery, Rome

Group Shows


German Art since 1960, Essel Museum, Vienna


One Way: Peter Marino, Bass Museum of Art, Miami
BAD THOUGHTS, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
From Rauschenberg to Jeff Koons: The Ileana Sonnabend Collection, Ca’Pesaro, Venice
Georg Baselitz, Anselm Kiefer, Harmony Korine, Robert Rauschenberg, Julian Schnabel, Rudolf Stingel, Franz West, Gagosian Gallery, New York

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Donaueschingen Date of birth: 1945