Anselm Kiefer

Notebooks - Volume 1: 1998-99

(German title: Notizbücher)
ca. 483 pages
Anselm Kiefer

Anselm Kiefer

Anselm Kiefer, born in 1945, studied Law, Romance studies and Art. He was a student of Horst Antes and Joseph Beuys.

Awards (selection):
1999 Praemium Imperiale of the Japan Art Association

2005 Federal Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany

2008 Peace Prize of the German Book Trade


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This great artist is also a great writer. Anselm Kiefer’s Notebooks reveal his strong affinity to language and let the reader witness the process of how thoughts, experiences and adventures are slowly being transformed into visual art.

His pictures and sculptures have made Anselm Kiefer one of the most significant and influential artists of our time. Since he was awarded the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade (Friedenspreis des Deutschen Buchhandels), his essays, speeches and lectures have gradually received more attention. His diary accounts, however, have been completely unknown so far, although Kiefer writes down ideas, fantasies and insights on an almost daily basis either in small notebooks or on his computer.

The first volume of the Notebooks spans the years 1998 and 1999 and traces the origins and creative process of his visual works during this time. The power of his imagesfind their counterpart in these unique notationsin Kiefer’s discourse on nature and history, literature and antiquity, mysticism and mythology.

Other publications

Die Kunst geht knapp nicht unter/Die Kunst geht knapp nicht unter (2010)

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