Exhibition « Anselm Kiefer | Books and woodcuts »

Exhibition from 8 February to 12 May 2019

Tuesday to Friday, 2 pm – 6 pm
Saturday and Sunday, 9 am – 6 pm

Easter Holiday
Open on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 April 
Closed on Friday 19 and Monday 22 April

The German artist Anselm Kiefer (*1945, Donaueschingen) long hesitated between two practices, writing and painting. Although it was the latter he eventually chose, literature continues to play a preponderant role in his body of work. Through their materiality and esthetic, books were the first support for his artmaking, and writing every day in a journal has enabled the artist to reflect on his work and to engage in research that is closely connected with his thinking

The books that Anselm Kiefer began turning out in the years 1968 and 1969 were at first a place where the artist expressed ideas, associations and thoughts, the subsequent tomes quickly became a place for exploration in which the succession of pages made it possible to construct a narrative and situate it in time. The subjects elaborated there were then rescaled within the body of work as a whole, notably in his output of woodcuts. This art of the printmaking has allowed him to envision narrative forms in a completely different space from that of the painted canvas.

The present exhibition Anselm Kiefer Books and woodcuts is the result of a collaboration between the Jan Michalski Foundation for Writing and Literature in Montricher and the Astrup Fearnley Museet in Oslo. It aims to point up the artist’s many connections with poetry, myths, Sumerian and Biblical stories, fairytales, history, philosophy, Kabbalah, alchemy, and more, through a series of books dating from the years 1969 to 2017, and an accompanying selection of woodcuts, the most recent of which are being shown for the first time.

Natalia Granero, the Jan Michalski Foundation, Montricher, Switzerland
Gunnar B. Kvaran, the Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, Norway

General show opening

The Jan Michalski Foundation for Writing and Literature is pleased to invite you to the opening of the exhibition Anselm Kiefer | Books and woodcuts, on Thursday, 7 February 2019 at 6:30 pm, with the artist in attendance.

Free admission

Opening hours Tuesday to Friday, from 2 pm – 6 pm ǀ Saturday and Sunday, from 9 am to 6 pm

Admission CHF 5.- (full price) ǀ CHF 3.- (students, groups, retirees, unemployed, persons with disabilities) ǀ Free to visitors under 18 and residents of Montricher
Free admission the first Sunday of each month.

All areas of the Jan Michalski Foundation that are open to the public are completely accessible to people with disabilities and reduced mobility.

The exhibition will subsequently run from 30 May to 25 August 2019 at the Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo.


Exhibition Catalogue

Anselm Kiefer | Livres et xylographies | Books and woodcuts

Texts by Götz Adriani, Jean-Max Colard, Anselm Kiefer and Rainer Michael Mason
Bilingual French and English
Co-publication by the Jan Michalski Foundaton and the Astrup Fearnley Museet, 2019
532 pages, 23.5 x 32.5 cm
CHF 75.- | EUR 75.-
ISBN 978-2-9701038-5-1






Guided tours of the show (in French)

Sunday 10 March at 3pm
Saturday 6 April at 3pm
Saturday 4 May at 3 pm

Free with admission ticket | No reservations required

For the family (in French)

Wednesday 20 February from 2pm to 4 pm
Wednesday 13 March from 2pm to 4pm

Children from 7 years, with an accompanying adult
Free | On reservation at mediation@fondation-janmichalski.ch