Anselm Kiefer: Varus

Contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer (born 1945: Germany Year Zero) was a student of Beuys. His family name means “pine tree.” Addressing the dark, guilty side of forest adulation has made him controversial. One of his large-format installations is entitled Varus.

It references the founding battle of the German nation, augmenting the mock holiness by inscribing against the trees the names of such cultural heroes as Klopstock, Hölderlin and Fichte, plus a general or two. At the same time, Kiefer places a pattern of blood stains on the Teutoburg Forest floor, some of which are literally mixed with his own blood. He painted this in 1976.


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I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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3 Responses to Anselm Kiefer: Varus

  1. Loulou says:

    what is he trying to say from the piece?

  2. I guess I said above what it is said that he was trying to say. What it says to me is that forests which I love, have their darker side: what has happened there be they European forests or forests where native populations were driven away in the Americas.

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