Installation view of “The Red Bean Grows in the South”, Faurschou Foundation, New York, 2019,Für Velimir Chlebnikow, Anselm Kiefer, 2015-16, Oil acrylic, emulsion, and shellac on canvas, 149 5/8 x 224 7/16 in Photo by Anders Sune Berg © Faurschou Foundation
The painting "Für Velimir Chlebnikow" is part of a series of works that Kiefer dedicated to the renowned Russian poet Velimir Chlebnikow (1855-1922). One of Chlebnikow’s central ideas was a cyclical recurrence of sea battles by combining poetry and mathematic calculations to describe history. The result of his calculations was that battles would endlessly repeat themselves every 317 years. Fascinated by submarines, Kiefer has created an ode to the sorrowful beauty of vessels by reflecting the themes of war, peace, the volatility of human aspirations, and the relentless nature of fate. Kiefer draws on Chlebnikow’s idea in an ironic way, by emphasizing that there is no fixed formula that can be applied to explain history.
Installation view of “The Red Bean Grows in the South”, Faurschou Foundation, New York, 2019,Für Velimir Chlebnikow, Anselm Kiefer, 2015-16, Oil acrylic, emulsion, and shellac on canvas, 149 5/8 x 224 7/16 in Photo by Tom Powel © Faurschou Foundation
This painting incorporates two model ships into thick layers of paint, creating an intensely dynamic canvas surface. The work articulates the artist’s deliberate strategy in dealing with fascist and nationalistic imagery of the past through layers of multiple versions of history and media. In reference to his national legacy of World War II, Kiefer has said: “After the‘misfortune’, as we all name it so euphemistically now, people thought that in 1945 we were starting all over again… It’s nonsense. The past was put under taboo, and to dig it up again generates resistance and disgust.”Anselm Kiefer(b. 1945) is a German post-war painter and sculptor, who studied with Joseph Beuys and Peter Dreher during the 1970s. Through the use of heavy materials such as lead, clay, shellac, straw, dried flowers, ash and broken glass, his works refer to subjects drawn from Germany and its culture: German history, myths, literature, music, philosophy and religion, as well as questions of postwar heritage.
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