An incredible placement I worked recently which is safely installed on the upper floors of a skyscraper built by legendary French architect Thierry Despont. The painting by internationally renowned German artist, Anselm Kiefer (b. 1945) was of particular significance for the collector and is a crown jewel their collection. It was the utmost honor to place it for them.
Executed during the pandemic, Kiefer created the work titled Wer jetzt kein Haus hat, baut sich keines mehr (2021-2022) as part of a new series of paintings paying homage to the Austrian poet, Rainer Maria Rilke (1875–1926). Depicting the changing seasons it is reflective of both artist and poet’s fascination with transience, transformation and decay.
Kiefer’s work is deeply influenced by his upbringing in Post-World War II Germany and the country’s ongoing reckoning of the horrors of the Holocaust and the Third Reich as well as spiritual concepts of Kabbalah.