ANSELM KIEFER: Structures are no longer valid (quotes) (1985)


Anselm Kiefer, Zweistromland [‘Land of Two Rivers’] (1986–89)

Structures are no longer valid. The class that established structures is gone. This makes our profession so difficult: we must do both; we have to establish rules and simultaneously fight against them.

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Anselm Kiefer, Book with wings, 1992-1994

I am of the opinion that there are artists and non-artists. I think that this is the way it always was and always will be. I do not believe that we are in the center of the world. It is possible that there are gods who do not relate to humans. As an artist, I believe that it is possible to depict these forces. I know it sounds absurd when I say that man can perceive some things and adumbrate powers, which do not relate to him. But perhaps the artist, unlike the non-artist, is able to do just that.

Art and life are not two separate realms, but they have shifted out of phase with each other.


Anselm Kiefer, Nuremberg, 1982

Painting is a fact which is comprehended by the glance. Literature is more like a river. To put it differently, painting is quiescence.

Until the artist is dead, we are not able to determine his work in all his dimensions.

Anselm Kiefer, 1985


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