Described as 'a colossus of contemporary art', Anselm Kiefer was born in Germany in 1945. He works in many mediums, such as painting, sculpture, and installations, with an uncompromising focus on Germany history, and the Holocaust. Kiefer also explores mythology, literature, philosophy, and science.
In his most significant UK exhibition to date, The Royal Academy of Arts covers the artist's forty-year career. Running until the 14th December, the highlight of the exhibition is a large scale installation in the Annenberg Courtyard. Fates of Nations: The New Theory of War is part of Kiefer ongoing exploration of Russian Futurist avant-garde writer, theorist, and absurdist Velimir Khlebnikov (1885-1922). Khlebnikov came to the conclusion that a major sea battle takes place every three hundred and seventeen years (or multiples there of). Kiefer commemorates this theory with a giant transparent tank display seafaring vessels.
There will be free weekly guided tours on Wednesdays at 2pm and spotlight talks every Thursday at 3pm.