Anselm Kiefer, Untitled, 2016, oil, acrylic, emulsion, shellac, and lead on canvas, 149 5/8 × 149 5/8 inches (380 × 380 cm) © Anselm Kiefer. Photo by Georges Poncet. Private collection.

"Kiefer Rodin" at the Musée Rodin, Paris, France.

On view March 14 through October 22, 2017.

To mark the centenary of the death of Auguste Rodin, the museum will be asserting its programme more strongly than ever in cooperation with contemporary artists and is giving carte blanche to the artist Anselm Kiefer. Installed in the exhibition hall, the show will demonstrate the unusual convergence of these two giants, shaped with freedom and liberated from all artistic contingencies.

The similar backgrounds, sources of inspiration and creative processes between Kiefer and Rodin reveal an instinctive originality. Drawn by the accidental, open to chance, they exploit all domains, manipulate all materials, heading off the beaten path and allow themselves a myriad of arrangements and daring transformations. Drawn by the debris and offcuts directly resulting from Rodin’s sculpture style, which he combines with relics of his own life and other unusual materials, Anselm Kiefer produces a series of entirely unprecedented displays. The artist takes it all in, absorbs and digests it to create new forms. Behind the glass, Kiefer watches for the spark of his metamorphoses with a keen eye. Similarly, the exhumed, tired and dirtied, sealed, broken and disembowelled molds of Rodin’s works testify to a past life and a life yet to come. The form is imprisoned, preserved, ready to bloom, almost palpable, permeated, compelled and perpetually reinvented by the gaze of the observer. Echoing this presentation, the museum displays will be altered to exhibit entirely unknown plasters by Rodin for the first time that reflect the shared concerns of the two artists and the same aesthetic combat. Although Kiefer and Rodin play with all mediums and use every type of technique to understand and absorb the legacies of the past and quench their love of their trade, they above all glorify their shared cult through a common quest, the quest for truth with no embellishment.


Musée Rodin
79 rue de Varenne | 75007 Paris | France
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