Anselm Kiefer: Remembering the Future

Having achieved fame and notoriety in equal measure in the 1980s, Anselm Kiefer has become one of the world’s most singular and successful artists. Working with themes of history, memory and mythology, Kiefer produces work that is consistently controversial and monumental in its scale and ambition.

In this film for the BBC’s ‘Imagine’ series, Alan Yentob joins the artist at his studios in France and Germany as he prepares for a retrospective at the Royal Academy. In a series of frank interviews against the backdrop of his awe-inspiring studios, Kiefer discusses the forces that drive him, installs a selection of new work, and explains why he is as excited and driven by his practice now, at the age of 69, as he was when he began.

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Shebirat Ha Kelim, 1990, plumb, glas, dress, ash and woman’s hair on wood, 380 x 250 x 35 cm, © Anselm Kiefer, 2011

Anselm Kiefer's Velimir Chlebnikov, a series of 30 paintings devoted to the Russian philosopher who posited that war is inevitable, is on display at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.
Anselm Kiefer’s Velimir Chlebnikov, a series of 30 paintings devoted to the Russian philosopher who posited that war is inevitable, is on display at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art

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Tannhäuser, lead books with thorns, 2000

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