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Kiefer, an old student of Beuys, initially made conceptual photographic works in which he mythologised artistic practice. But painting quickly gained the upper hand and he began to deal with grand myths from various cultures. This eventually led him to Richard Wagner, who adapted the medieval epic poem ‘Das Nibelungenlied’ (The Song of the Nibelungs) into a cycle of operas. This work is entitled ‘Notung’, the sword of the hero, Siegfried. Kiefer has given it a central place in a spartan attic space, the wooden beams of which are painted grain by grain.

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Title Notung
Material and technique Chalk, oil and paper on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 435.5 cm
Height 300.5 cm
Depth 4 cm
Artists Kunstenaar: Anselm Kiefer
Accession number 2975 (MK)
Credits Aankoop / Purchase: 1978
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1978
Age artist About 28 years old
Internal exhibitions Kunst van formaat. De collectie XL vanaf de jaren vijftig (2018)
External exhibitions Anselm Kiefer - Art and Myth (2010)
Geographical origin Germany > Western Europe > Europe

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Anselm Kiefer

Donaueschingen 1945

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