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VOGUE Hommes International (English) - - AXEL THEMIN -

The Paris ex­hi­bi­tion– event of the year, Anselm Kiefer at the Pom­pi­dou Cen­tre traces 40 years of the work of one of the most highly re­spected mas­ters of con­tem­po­rary art. The show cov­ers some 80 paint­ings, pro­duced be­tween 1960 and the present day, re­flect­ing the tor­ment of this “ro­man­tic”, born in the cel­lar of a bombed–out hos­pi­tal in 1945. Kiefer has al­ways sought to ex­press, even ex­pi­ate, the en­dur­ing er­rors of the Ger­man na­tion un­der Nazism. His early work caused a scan­dal in 1969, when he took photos of him­self in Ger­man towns in Nazi uni­form, per­form­ing the Nazi salute. He went on to pro­duce a num­ber of gi­ant paint­ings made from mixed ma­te­ri­als, cre­at­ing tor­tured im­pasto works. The sea­son will end with The Alchemy of the Book, an ex­hi­bi­tion of the artist’s books, at the François Mit­ter­rand Li­brary ( BnF ) — a ma­jor body of work that has sel­dom been seen in France. From 16th De­cem­ber 2015 to 18th April 2016, Pom­pi­dou Cen­tre,

www.cen­tre­pom­pi­dou.fr From 20th Oc­to­ber 2015 to 7th Fe­bru­ary 2016, www.bnf.fr

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