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Anselm Kiefer
Wooden Room
Charcoal and oil on burlap

299.7 x 219.7 cm
Gift of The Jerry and Emily Spiegel Family Foundation, Inc.

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Excerpt from The Museum of Modern Art:

What is Painting? Contemporary Art from the Collection
July 7–September 17, 2007

Wooden Room is part of a series of monumental paintings Kiefer made while studying under the artist Joseph Beuys in Düsseldorf. Rendered in oil paint and charcoal on burlap, the deeply recessed space—Kiefer’s attic studio in a converted schoolhouse—seems as if it could be entered by the viewer, despite its slightly upturned floor. Devoid of objects, the room itself is the subject of the painting, animated by Kiefer’s lifelike rendering of wood grain. The artist, who was born at the fall of the Third Reich, examines Germany’s troubled and often suppressed recent history in his works.


Anselm Kiefer, German, (1945-)
b. March 8, 1945, Donaueschingen, Baden-Württemburg, Germany

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