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April 07, 2024

This event occurred as part of the 23/24 Hop Film season. This is an archived view.

Wim Wenders' latest documentary offers a mesmerizing, cinematic portrait of Anselm Kiefer, one of the most innovative painters and sculptors of our time.

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Anselm - Official US Trailer


Anselm Kiefer was born into a country buried beneath post-World War II rubble, fostering a lifelong awareness of destruction. Dismayed by his country's willful amnesia, his work is all about remembering—and re-examining—a German tradition filled with pro-Nazi geniuses like Martin Heidegger and heroic Holocaust witnesses like Paul Celan. In fascinating scenes, Wenders shows how the cocky, black-clad, elegantly grizzled 78-year-old artist creates his trademark effects—be it charring straw with flame throwers or fastidiously pouring molten metal onto canvases or crafting sculptures out of fighter planes and U-boats. Raw, uncomfortable but undeniably powerful, Kiefer's "protest against forgetting," reminds us that art is an act of remembrance.

Wenders offers both a thrilling portrait of Anselm Kiefer at work and, with the aid of terrific archival footage, lets us see what infuses his work with such intensity. Focusing on the artist, not the man, the film makes us feel Kiefer's art in all its beauty, bleakness and moral weight.

D: Wim Wenders, Germany, 2023, subtitled, 1h33m

Come early and swing by the Jaffe-Friede Gallery, just outside the Loew Auditorium, where you can enjoy work by Athena LaTocha, the Studio Art Department artist-in-residence this Spring. LaTocha will also be giving an Artist Talk on Tue, Apr 2 at 5pm. More info here >

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