Anselm Kiefer at the Pompidou Centre in Paris

From December 16, 2015 to April 18, 2016
  • Anselm Kiefer

    © Anselm Kiefer / photographe Charles Duprat

    Anselm Kiefer

    © Anselm Kiefer / photographe Charles Duprat

Anselm Kiefer at the Pompidou Centre in Paris Place Georges-Pompidou 75004 Paris fr

The Pompidou Centre in Paris presents a never-before-seen journey through the works of Anselm Kiefer.

This retrospective, the first to be presented in France for 30 years, invites you to explore 10 or so themed rooms retracing this German artist’s career, from the late 60s to the present day.

Held in a space of 2000m2, the exhibition consists of nearly 150 works, with a selection of around 60 of his most masterly paintings, an installation, a collection of display cases and works on paper, and his first books.

The exhibition, which highlights historic and symbolic paintings such as Quaternität (1973), Varus (1976), Margarete (1981) and even Sulamith (1983), will unveil a series of some forty “display cases” for this project on the themes of alchemy and the Kabbala.

Presented under glass, these environments bring into play the fragmented, saturnine world of a past industrial age, with old machines, bits of rusty metal, plants, photographs, filmstrips and lead objects. These are a far cry from cabinets of curiosities: the artist highlights the mystery of their presence and the emission of a mysterious light, typical of alchemy.

Starting with the Pompidou Centre forum, visitors will find monumental installations produced by the artist in Barjac (in the Gard region), where he lived and worked between 1993 and 2007. Inside this “tower house”, set up in the Centre Pompidou’s huge reception area, a saturnine world awaits.

Discover Kiefer's materials of preference (lead, water, metal), as well as thousands of photographs taken by him throughout his career and which make up an almost biographical database.

Like a gradually unfolding memory, these filmstrips have nourished the artist’s thinking on time and memory: two central themes to his work.


Centre Pompidou
Place Georges-Pompidou
75004 Paris

Admission fees and rates

  • Ticket price: 14€
  • Concessions: 11€

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