Bermondsey – White Cube is pleased to present an exhibition by Anselm Kiefer featuring new, large-scale installation, sculpture and painting. Titled ‘Walhalla’, the exhibition refers to the mythical place in Norse mythology, a paradise for those slain in battle, as well as to the Walhalla neo-classical monument, built by Ludwig I King of Bavaria in 1842 to honour heroic figures in German history.
This exhibition, at first has the feeling of a post apocalypse world as you walk through lead sheets on hospital beds and dark rooms with winged egg shaped sculptures – but my mood changed as I walked in to the lighter rooms, you can see the beautiful colours in the metal materials of old bronze oxide and blue – Plaster covered clothing is hung along a spiral staircase going nowhere, like a scrap metal tower of Babel – Huge red tower paintings dwarf the viewer like a stage set – and in a small side room there is a sort of library with spools of film, shanks of hair, sketchbooks, references and stored boxes of materials like a modern day post industrial hermit. It was an exhibition that stayed with me in my mind long after the viewing, suggesting so many things both dark and light.
Bermondsey – White Cube