This poster was produced in 2013 upon the occasion of “Anselm Kiefer: Morgenthau Plan” at Gagosian Gallery in Paris and New York.
Throughout his life, Kiefer has explored the complex events of history, reflecting upon his early life at the end of World War II in post-war Germany. Themes of identity, life, and death pave the endless repertoire of imagery the artist built with a wide range of media.
In 1944, U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau, Jr. proposed a plan to transform post-war Germany into a pre-modern, agricultural land in order to limit the nation’s ability to engage in war. Although the Morgenthau plan was never realized in its original form, it represented a post-war Germany of farmland and nature rather than one of factory and industry. Kiefer’s exploration of the rural landscapes questions the contradiction of blooming flora on a devastated land.
Anselm Kiefer (b.1945, Donaueschingen, Germany) is a mixed-media artist. He began his art education under Joseph Beuys in Düsseldorf. His work has been shown and collected by major museums throughout the world. Recent retrospectives include “Anselm Kiefer: Heaven and Earth,” the Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas and “Anselm Kiefer,” Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (2007). In 2009, Kiefer directed and designed the sets for Ann Anfang (In the Beginning) at the Opéra National de Paris. Kiefer lives and works in France.
36 x 27 inches