In Focus


We are grateful to Dr Christian Weikop for his development of this In Focus publication, and to Dr Lara Day and Dr Hannah Abdullah for their valuable contributions.

Christian Weikop would like to thank the artist Anselm Kiefer for his helpful responses to the questions posed on Heroic Symbols during an interview at his studio in Croissy-Beaubourg in October 2013. He would also like to express his gratitude to the Kiefer studio, especially Waltraud Forelli, Eva König and Eve Séguret-Rivero, for their considerable support of this project. Further thanks go to Heiner Bastian and the Galerie Bastian, Sonja Klee at the Würth Collection, Maryse Brand at the Hall Art Foundation, Anthony d’Offay and the ARTIST ROOMS Foundation, Kathleen Soriano, former Director of Exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts, and Tate Collection Research staff, including Jennifer Mundy, Christopher Griffin and Celia White. Finally, Christian would like to thank the curator and art historian Eckhart Gillen for providing valuable information on Kiefer’s first exhibition.

This In Focus on Anselm Kiefer contributes to the programme of the ARTIST ROOMS Research Partnership, a collaboration between Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland with the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle.

Listen to a panel discussion on Anselm Kiefer’s Heroic Symbols with Christian Weikop, Lara Day and Andrew Renton (published on the RA blog, 3 December 2014)

Dr Christian Weikop, University of Edinburgh
Dr Lara Day, Artsy, Berlin
Dr Hannah Abdullah, Goethe-Institut, New York

Series editor: Jennifer Mundy, Head of Collection Research, Tate
Project editor: Celia White, Collection Research Editor, Tate
Digital editor: Susannah Worth, Digital Editor (Research), Tate

ISBN 978-1-84976-417-9