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.

Anselm Kiefer

Bermondsey – White Cube
Walhalla Exhibition

http://whitecube.com/exhibitions

Read More: http://www.artzip.org/anselm-kiefer-walhalla
http://arrestedmotion.com/
http://www.tate.org.uk/research/publications/in-focus/heroic-symbols-anselm-kiefer/kiefer-and-beuys

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7th February 2017