Anselm Kiefer is one of Germany’s best-known post-war artists. His quite literally heavyweight work deals with German history, Judaism, and forms of memory culture. Kiefer’s works are overwhelming not only in their sheer scale but also because of their haptic materiality: Ash and lead are the favorite materials of this exceptional and internationally renowned artist.
In its autumn exhibition, Kunsthalle Mannheim shows Kiefer’s works from the collection of Hans Grothe, who died in May 2019. The exhibition focuses on three key phases in the artist’s life. The large-scale multidimensional paintings and sculptures shown include early works such as "Large Load" (1981/1996), which incorporates lead objects; the installation “Palm Sunday” (2007), in the middle of which is an actual palm tree; and the immersive sculpture "The Lost Letter" (2011–17). The extensive special exhibition on the ground floor is complemented by a new arrangement in Cube 6 on the second floor. Here, Kunsthalle Mannheim will present a permanent display of works from Grothe’s Kiefer collection: From October 2020, the extensive sculpture “The Lost Letter” (2011–17) will occupy pride of place in the center of the room.
Curator: Dr Sebastian Baden