Anselm Kiefer- Il Mistero delle Cattedrali
Opens: 09/12/2011 Closes: 26/02/2012 White Cube Bermondsey, LondonUsing a site steeped in Germanic history, Berlin's Templehof airport, as a catalyst, and taking his title from an arcane text on cathedrals and alchemy, Kiefer conjures up large-scale artistic gold. Using oxidation and natural weathering, Joseph Beuys' former pupil fills the new White Cube with works of immense physicality. For more information visit: http://whitecube.com/exhibitions/anselm_kiefer_il_mistero_delle_cattedrali/ Buy: http://whitecube.com/about/
The Arts Desk“Elements of overcooked theatricality intrude...” This is a mind-bending show that must be seen. It leaves you with the sense of an artist who, for all his faults, is a giant among the pygmies of contemporary art...
Evening Standard“Suggests that the weight of Nazi history resists transformation...” Foreboding paintings capture the airport's desolate interior space and the exterior theatrical arc and neo-classical columns in a darkened landscape, with the forms etched into cracking paint accompanied by symbolic sculptural elements...
The Telegraph“Perhaps it’s time to stop the lugubrious chest-beating...” There is no question that Kiefer’s vision is grand, impressive and unique – even if it sometimes tips over into pomposity...
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