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Anselm Kiefer. Field of the Cloth of Gold

45 min visit

Le Bourget
Galerie Gagosian - Le Bourget
7 Feb → 28 Mar 2021
From Tuesday to Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. Closed Sunday & Monday.

« Great paintings to see while it's still possible! Take a tour of the galleries which, unlike museums, are open. »

German artist Anselm Kiefer returns with four new monumental paintings, created just before the epidemic. Since the 1970s, the places, the ruins and their history have fascinated the artist. His work revolves around myths that he manages to materialize on enormous canvases, where he mixes paint, objects and organic matter. Straw, sand and charcoal become one with the paint. Once realized, his works are degraded by the artist who cuts them, burns them, sometimes buries them! They are directly confronted with the elements of nature, just as the ruins of monuments can be. The title of the exhibition refers to the peace summit between Henry VIII and Francis I that took place in a field in the current Pas-de-Calais in 1520: the camp of the Cloth of Gold. The strategic alliance between England and France was a major event in the construction of geopolitical relations in Europe. Anselm Kiefer did not have this event in mind at all when he conceived these paintings. But once they were completed, it became obvious that "the title often does not explain the work" but rather "is an allusion". The golden straw affixed directly on the canvas is a direct reference to the name given to the diplomatic meeting of the 16th century. The superimposition of materials gives us a feeling of something uncertain, which can change over time. Just like history, which never ceases to turn our lives upside down.


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