anselm kiefer: il mistero delle cattedrali
anselm kiefer: il mistero delle cattedrali anselm kiefer: il mistero delle cattedrali
jan 29, 2012

anselm kiefer: il mistero delle cattedrali

‘merkaba’ by anselm kiefer, 2011 lead, steel, rubber, copper piping, plaster, resin, acrylic, salt, pewter and oil paint 49 3/16 x 122 1/16 x 27 15/16 inches all images by ben westoby, courtesy white cube and © the artist

anselm kiefer: il mistero delle cattedrali white cube, london, UK now on until the 26th of february 2012

german-born and france-based artist anselm kiefer presents ‘il mistero delle cattedrali’, a 11,000 square foot installation at the white cube bermondsey gallery in london. the exhibition includes works from various times within the artist’s four decades as a creative force and explores the idea of alchemy. the show is given the name ‘il mistero delle cattedrali’ due to the closely linked subject matter with that of a book in the 1920’s by a french alchemist and esoteric author under the pseudonym fulcanelli by the same title.

many of the featured pieces investigate themes of religion or mythology, current political functions and the chauvinism existent within the period of nazism in his homeland’s history. his mixed media exhibition is comprised of several sculptural and painted works formed from a variety of materials. the grand-scale works include the use of terracotta, oil, rubber, salt, paint, lead, resin, copper, plants and steel in order to convey his apocalyptic vision.  

a detailed view of one of the pewter bowls joined to the bicycle built for three in ‘merkaba’ ‘merkaba’, 2011 lead, steel, rubber, copper piping, plaster, resin, acrylic, salt, pewter and oil paint 49 3/16 x 122 1/16 x 27 15/16 in

‘sprache der vögel’, 1989 ‘il mistero delle cattedrali’, south galleries and 9x9x9, white cube bermondsey, london 9 december 2011 – 26 february 2012

‘dat rosa miel apibus’, 2010-2011 oil, acrylic, terracotta, salt, lead and resin on canvas 129 15/16 x 673 1/4 inches 

‘dat rosa miel apibus’ has a fragility which is enhanced by the his choice and orientation of material upon each works surface. the massive painted work by keifer, having been mostly formed in a neutral to dark color palate, incorporates materials such as lead, dried flowers and broken glass, in order to assist in the expression of his unique artistic language. this results in a hazy, nihilistic, or temporary quality.

detailed view of ‘dat rosa miel apibus’

‘il mistero delle cattedrali’ installation view

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    art news

    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    492,236 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample