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ARTIST ROOMS: Anselm Kiefer

One of Germany’s most significant post-war artists, Kiefer’s work explores themes of national identity and collective memory.

Drawing from ARTIST ROOMS, a collection of over 1,600 works of modern and contemporary art jointly owned by the National Galleries of Scotland and Tate, this exhibition features key works spanning the past 40 years of Anselm Kiefer’s career. 

Anselm Kiefer’s work is characterised by an unflinching willingness to confront taboo and controversial issues from recent history, often addressing the legacy of Germany after the Second World War. This is a fantastic opportunity to see this collection of works shown for the first time in Coventry.

Anselm Kiefer Heroic, Symbols 1969, ARTIST ROOMS Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. © Anselm Kiefer

Francis Ranford, Cultural and Creative Director of the Herbert, said of the exhibition,

"Kiefer was born two months before the end of the Second World War so the aftermath had a huge impact on his life and, therefore, his art,  is something this city can identify with. It’s a thought-provoking exhibition that we hope will generate lots of conversation and interest in his work."

This exhibition draws from ARTIST ROOMS, a touring collection of over 1,600 works of modern and contemporary art by more than 40 major artists. The collection is displayed across the UK through a touring programme, supported by Arts Council England, Art Fund and Creative Scotland. ARTIST ROOMS was established through The d’Offay Donation in 2008, with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund and the Scottish and British Governments.

Visit the TATE's website for more information on the ARTIST ROOMS Tours