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Anselm Kiefer exhibition in Finland


ANSELM KIEFER – Works from the Grothe Collection

At Gösta 3 October 2015–24 April 2016

Works of the German Anselm Kiefer, one of the world’s most renowned contemporary artists, in a major exhibition at Serlachius Museum Gösta.


This is the first time that Anselm Kiefer works will be seen on such an extensive scale in Finland. The Serlachius Museums’ exhibition includes nearly 30 monumental works that fill Gösta’s Pavilion completely.

Anselm Kiefer is a storyteller, whose themes are drawn from history, literature and philosophy. The themes of his works relate, for example, to painful episodes in the history of Germany and of Europe as a whole. Alongside with history, also the mythical past lives in the works.

Kiefer’s works cover paintings, sculptures and installations and uses paint, lead, cement, dried plants, seeds, glass, soil and barbed wire.

The themes of the works and their unusual choice of material lead the spectator to an artistic space that is filled with mysterious symbolism and metaphors. The works form a memorable ensemble in conjunction with the Pavilion’s acclaimed architecture.

The exhibition is based on the art collection of Hans Grothe that includes Kiefers output from 1980s to present day. Serlachius Museums’ partner in producing the exhibition and bringing it to Mänttä is Stiftung für Kunst und Kultur, located in Bonn. The exhibition is curated by the organisation’s director, Professor Walter Smerling.