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Cette obscure clarté qui tombe des étoiles
2009 - mixed media on canvas and lead/ terracotta, lead/ charcoal on wall

Divided between two rooms, the German artist's overall installation takes its title from a well-known verse from Corneille's Le Cid. 
In the first room two enormous paintings show the celestial sphere portrayed on a thin sheet of lead applied to canvas. The sky is crossed by constellations and marked by the alphanumeric combinations used by NASA to identify stars. Ancient astronomical observatories can be seen below, and the heavens' are projected onto the ground, completely overturning the traditional ties between earth and sky. 
The smaller mezzanine room contains a pile of lead books surrounded by fragments of a terracotta vase.
On the wall, the Hebrew "Shevirah ha-kelim" is a quotation from the Kabbalah meaning "the breakage of the receptacles": it alludes to the disharmony among the original elements which caused light and energy to expand, in a chaotic way, during the Creation of the world. The choice of terracotta as a material holds together the ancient Kabbalah tradition and the disorder necessary for creation, thus the past and the future.

Anselm Kiefer

Anselm Kiefer was born in Donaueschingen in 1945 and now works and lives between Barjac and Paris.
A world-renowned contemporary master in both painting and sculpture, we recall here only his solo major museum shows after 2000: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek (2001); Fondation Beyeler, Basel (2001) ; Royal Academy, London (2001); Teatro San Carlo, Naples (set and costumes for the production of "Elektra"); Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples (2002); Hangar Bicocca, Milan (2002); Villa Medici, Rome (2005); Museum of Modern Art, Fort Worth (2005);  Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao (2007); Grand Palais, Paris (2007); Louvre, Paris (2007); La Triennale di Milano, Milan (2007); White Cube, London (2009); Emilio and Annabianca Vedova Foundation, Venice (2011).


He has received many prestigious rewards of which we recall here only the Carnegie International prize, USA (1988); Praemium Imperiale prize, Japan (1999); Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France (2002); Das Verdienstkreuz 1. Klasse des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (2006).

Publications
Anselm Kiefer. Cette obscure clarté qui tombe des étoiles
2009

texts by Anselm Kiefer, Giuliano Gori, Giuliano Serafini,
Pistoia, Gli Ori

Language: italian and english

Events

Cette obscure clarté qui tombe des étoiles.
2009

Anselm Kiefer. Cette obscure clarté qui tombe des étoiles. Inauguration of the new permanent art work.

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