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Walhalla in London: Gallery shows new works by Anselm Kiefer


Veröffentlicht: 23 November 2016 Wednesday, 06:55  AM

Walhalla in London: Gallery shows new works by Anselm Kiefer

Bonn, Nov 22 (deutschenews24.de/dpa) --  "Walhalla" is the new exhibition of the German artist Anselm Kiefer, which will be on display from Wednesday at London`s White Cube. The Gallery of Modern Art presents seven new works by the famous sculptor and painter, including large-scale paintings and installations. 

The exhibition is named after the memorial of the same name for famous personalities near Regensburg, opened in 1842 by King Ludwig I. In Germanic mythology the name Valhalla stands for a warrior parade. The artist seems to describe the path with "Walhalla".

Through a dark corridor with dim light, the visitors pass by beds with metal ceilings, reminiscent of a hospital in the war zone. An adjoining room shows a bed with wings, which is weighed by a boulder. Another contains a high spiral staircase from which film rolls, children`s clothing and night shirts hang. It is noticeable that the rooms on the right have a dark and oppressive atmosphere, while those on the left side are white and light-flooded. 

To the artist talk on Monday evening, Kiefer appeared in a good mood in the classic suit and with his humorous style provided for some laughter. He did not see himself as a political artist and had not intended to address the war in the Middle East. "I`m informing myself, but I do not mind," he said to Walhalla. "I allow people to see what they want to see." 

Kiefer was born in 1945 in Donaueschingen in Baden-Württemberg. Since 1991 he lives and works in France. His art has been celebrated worldwide and has been widely exhibited. The 71-year-old is one of the most influential painters and sculptors of the present. In Paris and London there have been extensive retrospectives of his works over the past two years.

The exhibition "Walhalla" is open from 23 November to 12 February.

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