Merkaba Hechaloth - Die sieben Himmelspaläste, 2002.
Mixed media. Acrylic and lead over photograph o...
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Merkaba Hechaloth - Die sieben Himmelspaläste. 2002. Mixed media. Acrylic and lead over photograph on collaged board, mounted on panel. 123 x 92 cm (48.4 x 36.2 in).
• Characteristic work from the significant Merkaba series • A work with a similar motif from 2003 is part of the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. • The Gagosian Gallery, New York, showed a Merkaba exhibition in 2002 and Fondation Beyeler hosted the exhibition "Die sieben Himmelspaläste". • Inspired by Merkabah- and Hekhalot literature from Jewish mystcisim which describe the ascend to heaven and the liberation from mundane constraints. • Key theme in Kiefer's oeuvre, culminating in the huge permanent installation "Die sieben Himmelspaläste" at Pirelli Hangar Bicocca in Milan. • For the first time offered on the international auction market.
PROVENANCE: Private collection North Rhine-Westphalia.
LITERATURE: Anselm Kiefer - Objekte, Gemälde und Arbeiten auf Papier. Stiftung Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesmuseen Schloß Gottdorf, Schleswig, August 24 2008 - April 13, 2009, p. 140 (with color illu.). "Why are there people in this universe? We do not know why we are here and we also do not know what‘ll come after us. [..] What I do is an attempt to get at something I can no longer control with the mind [..]. I am trying to approach the origins, so I can get the illusion that I am at the origin and know something about the origin and thus about the future, too. " Anselm Kiefer, 2006, quote from: Anselm Kiefer, exhibition cat. Cologne 2008, p. 161.