Anselm Kiefer

Sefer Hechaloth Merkaba, Die sieben Himmelspaläste, Steigend steigend sinke nieder, 2008

Mixed media on paper, framed, framed
143 x 88 cm; 56 1/3 x 34 2/3 in
163 x 108.8 x 5.3 cm; 64 1/4 x 42 3/4 x 2 in
Unique

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Günther Oberhollenzer (a German Art historian) writes: The opposites in the title of the painting Steigend, steigend, sinke nieder (Rising, rising...

Günther Oberhollenzer (a German Art historian) writes: The opposites in the title of the painting Steigend, steigend, sinke nieder (Rising, rising, descend ) remind one of Icarus, of the hubris of man who wants to fly higher and higher but will ultimately fail and plummet, unable to remain master over his (technical) achievements and the related power. Kiefer used the same title in 2008 for a work relating to the seven heavenly palaces of the Merkabah mystics (Sefer Hechaloth MERKABA Die sieben Himmelspaläste Steigend steigend sinke nieder). An early Christian movement, Merkabah mysticism is based on visions of the Merkabah (chariot). When it started its journey through the seven heavenly palaces to the highest throne, it was called a descent, although it was a journey to the heavens. The stairs are both ascending and descending. 

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac (with label on the reverse)

Private collection Germany

This work is in excellent condition with no discernible condition issues. Detailed condition report available upon request.

In 1990 he was awarded the Wolf Prize in Jerusalem and the Kaiserring of the city of Goslar.
With work in museums throughout the world, Anselm Kiefer is one of the most important but controversial German painters of the present.
In 2002 the Fondation Beyeler in Riehen dedicated the largest retrospective to Kiefer that he has yet had, covering work from three decades. Anselm Kiefer is awarded the Peace Prize in 2008 - for the first time a visual artist is honoured in the awards 58 year history.

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