press release

Anselm Kiefer – Books and Xylographs
30.05.2019 – 15.09.2019

Anselm Kiefer originally intended to be a poet, but as we know, he became a visual artist instead. Still, his works bear witness to the significant role words and literature have always played in his life. This is evident in, among others, the three works of his that are on permanent exhibition at Astrup Fearnley Museet: Barren Landscape, Ladder to the Sky and, not least, The High Priestess/Zweistromland.

The exhibition Anselm Kiefer – Books and Woodcuts focuses on the connection between Kiefer’s art and literature in general, a dialogue that is present in a number of works from various periods in the form of paintings, sculptures, woodcuts and artist’s books.

The exhibition has been organised and produced by Astrup Fearnley Museet in collaboration with the Jan Michalski Foundation for Writing and Literature in Switzerland.

Curators: Natalia Granero and Gunnar B. Kvaran

The exhibition will be shown at the Fondation Jan Michalski 7 February–7 April 2019.