Anselm Kiefer – Merkaba


the celestial buildings embody the phases of a story that can never take place in the present, but which moves towards the past and future,the buildings/ sculptures overlap past and present, experience and memory. they are like cement skeletons, tall and desolate like certain industrial architecture : structures to grind gravel, water towers or other uninhabitable buildings that we catch a glimpse of in the distant outskirts of metropolises in the east and west.

Not only is Kiefer’s Merkaba relevant aesthetically but conceptually as well. Kiefer’s Merkaba plays with the stability of the house the home and further experience, the overlapping structures imitate that of the leaning tower of Pisa, a solid structure that with time has sunk due to the foundations of the earth. Kiefer uses materials such as concrete and plaster to create his containers materials that are heavily relevant in his work due to what i would coin as his’ primal experiences’.

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