Anselm Kiefer: Morgenthau Plan (2012)

Artist(s): Anselm Kiefer
Author(s): Richard Calvocoressi
Format: hardback
Edition: First Edition
Year published: 2012
Publisher: Gagosian Gallery
Total Pages: 128
Illustrations: Lavishly illustrated


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Essay by Richard Calvocoressi. Anselm Kiefer: Morgenthau Plan” explores the intersection of art and history through Kiefer’s evocative use of materials and themes. The series draws its title and inspiration from the Morgenthau Plan, proposed in 1944 by U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau Jr., which aimed to transform postwar Germany into a predominantly agricultural country to prevent it from waging war again. Although the plan was never fully implemented, it serves as a potent symbol in Kiefer’s work. Kiefer’s pieces in this series feature a variety of media, including acrylic, emulsion, oil, shellac, and photographs mounted on canvas, often depicting rural landscapes where flowers emerge from devastation, symbolizing rebirth and the persistence of nature amid destruction. His work critically engages with the historical context and the complexities of postwar recovery, using the Morgenthau Plan as a metaphor for broader artistic and political ideas that neglect the intricacies of reality. Condition: fine.


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