Kiefer was born in Germany in 1945, and the rebuilding years after the war are his first memories. His work deals with history directly, through the use of varied materials like photographs, organic matter, and post-industrial building materials. It has been described as apocalyptic, and that term comes to mind easily when confronted with the size and scale of the works in the MASS MoCA exhibition.
In its own building separate from the rest of the museum, the Anselm Kiefer exhibition, in collaboration with the Hall Art Foundation, is like a memorial, and the quiet within the space attests to the ___ with which the images and forms are imbued.
Shoes: Pour la Victoire
Photos by Kathy Paciello.