Anselm Kiefer - Sternenfall

‘Sternenfall’ uses various elements and iconology to represent of the traumatizing history of Germany during World War II. Kiefer suffers from the burden of Germany’s past, which he claims is “connected to his actions.” His actions, including the creation of his pieces, produce an illusion that allow people to accept Germany for its past. 

This sculpture resembles a four tiered iron bookcase crammed full of large books. The books are separated by panes of glass which appear to be tumbling from the shelves. Some of the glass has actually fallen and shattered on the floor. According to the Kabbalah, a collection of mystical writings from the Jewish religion, when the world was created, the attributes of God—his mercy, wisdom, and power—were divided among ten vessels that were not strong enough to hold them, and they shattered into pieces. The broken glass may also allude to Kristallnacht, a night in November 1938 when the windows of synagogues and Jewish-owned storefronts in Germany were smashed by mobs of Nazi sympathizers. The lead books are an allusion to the victims of the Holocaust that were burned in crematories.

  1. splendorofart reblogged this from malalibido and added:
    Anselm Kiefer - Sternenfall ‘Sternenfall’ uses various elements and iconology to represent of the traumatizing history...
  2. rcander111 reblogged this from ms-witchywebweaver
  3. ms-witchywebweaver reblogged this from lovemusicnart
  4. lovemusicnart reblogged this from malalibido
  5. faulenzt reblogged this from malalibido
  6. luscious-anal reblogged this from malalibido
  7. fixationsandperversions reblogged this from progerias
  8. weightedcompanionchild reblogged this from rigards
  9. allthat-iam reblogged this from jealous-est
  10. sunjungles reblogged this from the-bluedays
  11. jealous-est reblogged this from the-bluedays
  12. the-bluedays reblogged this from dihydrogenmonosulfide
  13. dihydrogenmonosulfide reblogged this from progerias
  14. boiface reblogged this from honey-andtar
  15. rigards reblogged this from nectars
  16. mediocremind reblogged this from nectars
  17. inconsciently reblogged this from humanenessance
  18. plantemoji reblogged this from nectars
  19. wreak-less-abandon reblogged this from nectars
  20. nectars reblogged this from progerias
  21. humanenessance reblogged this from honey-andtar
  22. honey-andtar reblogged this from progerias
  23. senghorreid reblogged this from lafilleblanc
  24. stacksbreadup reblogged this from malalibido
  25. fuk-wit reblogged this from malalibido
  26. aaannntttooonnniiiaaa reblogged this from barebeau
  27. snowmmag reblogged this from iheartmyart
  28. aphexual reblogged this from rob-art
  29. rezneb-vi reblogged this from photonasty
  30. photonasty reblogged this from iheartmyart
  31. in-cult reblogged this from enigmacontinuum
  32. therealtripmobius reblogged this from freespiritofgrey

Post Info

  • Notes: 254
  • Posted: 12 December 2012

Share