Anselm Kiefer: Heaven and Earth

On Saturday I went to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, currently showing a large and beautiful selection of work by Anselm Kiefer, one of the best and most widely known living German artists. The exhibition "Heaven and Earth" explores the complex life of religious symbolism after their shattering through the horrors of early 20 century world wars. Understanding the logic of this symbolism in his work, which the short synopses on the wall help reveal, makes the impact of the art all the deeper and longer lasting. But the main access to his work is of course visual. Like all great art it has a nearly magical, transformative effect on the viewer. I felt like my eyes were being washed clean as I walked slowly down the hall.

If you live or are passing through the Bay area, you should definitively not miss this.

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