15 September-31 October 2012. The German artist and sculptor Anselm Kiefer is the protagonist of this exhibition, entitled La Mezzaluna Fertile (The Fertile Half Moon), which inaugurates the new season at the Lia Rumma gallery.
On display are a series of works, inspired by the origins of human civilization; ancient ruins merge with traces of colour and interventions on the canvas. The author mixes sculpture, photography and painting, willing to delineate clay and mud landscapes by weaving experimentations and historical references.
In 1966 Kiefer left his law studies to start studying painting in Freiburg, where he frequented the studio of Peter Dreher. He later moved to Karlsruhe, where he came into close contact with the painter Horst Antes, considered his first teacher. In 1972 he met Joseph Beuys. This sensitive artist has been accused by the German critics and intellectuals of being a nostalgic nationalist as well as a neo-nazi. These prejudices created many problems from an exhibitory and economic point of view. Since the end of the 1970s he started displaying his works abroad, where he was appreciated for his courage and great technical skill. In his large scale canvases, Kiefer started introducing his woodcuts and pasting his drawings. In those years he also started visiting Italy and the main artists of those years. Since 1985 Kiefer dedicated a series of works to Hebrew history and Jewish women, who lost their lives in the extermination camps under Hitler. Kiefer doesn’t like to immortalize human figures, but rather places, landscapes and environments, where the tragedies of history occurred. Since the 1980s he own a studio in Buchen, Germany, in Jerusalem, but lives in France.