Anselm Kiefer
The Rhine 1981

Artwork details

Anselm Kiefer born 1945
The Rhine
Der Rhein
Date 1981
Medium Metal lectern, Perspex and book with woodcuts on paper
Dimensions Object: 1180 x 420 x 95 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Patrons of New Art with assistance from Deutsche Bank through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1985
Not on display

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This book comprises a sequence of 25 woodcuts, that suggest a journey downstream along the banks of the Rhine. The river is central to Germany''s geographical and historical development, acquiring an almost mythic significance in works such as Wagner''s Ring of the Nibelungs. Scenes of the unspoiled river are interrupted by dark, swirling pages that represent the sinking of the battleship Bismark in 1945, during an Atlantic sortie codenamed Rhine Exercise.

August 2004