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Fallen Angel: The Powerful Work of Anselm Kiefer Lands in Florence


March 22 to July 21, 2024

Arguably one of the greatest artists of the last thirty years, Anselm Kiefer has a major new exhibition at the iconic Palazzo Strozzi in the heart of Florence. "Anselm Kiefer. Fallen Angel" immerses viewers in the profound, layered work of the German master through paintings, sculptures, installations, and photographs, spanning his pioneering career.

Curated by Palazzo Strozzi's director Arturo Galansino, the show is a journey reflecting on identity, history, philosophy, and the depths of the human condition. Kiefer's richly textured pieces weave together the past, present, and future, through his distinctive use of materials like lead, straw, plants, and woodcuts.

Since bursting onto the art scene in the late 1960s, Kiefer has created an uncompromising body of work that grapples with heavy themes - Germany's Nazi past, Jewish mysticism, literature, and mythology. His early pieces like parodying the Nazi salute brazenly confronted his nation's identity after the Holocaust.

Over the decades, Kiefer's work has incorporated more influences from ancient history, world cultures, and the landscapes of his homes in Germany and France. Literary references from Wagner to Celan layer his pieces with symbolic meaning. The artist has transformed his studio spaces into elaborate installations merging art and environment.

Now 77 years old, Kiefer's Renaissance-esque exhibition in Florence's majestic Palazzo Strozzi courtyard represents the culmination of his ambitious, relentlessly searching vision. The show's centerpiece is a new site-specific work created to engage directly with the historic palace architecture.

With profound depth and materiality, "Fallen Angel" offers an engrossing look at one of art's most powerful forces still working at the peak of his creativity. The exhibition immerses visitors in Kiefer's searing ruminations on our relationship to history, memory and the human experience.

Don't miss this opportunity to experience the sublime, cathartic work of Anselm Kiefer while in the breathtaking Renaissance surroundings of Florence. The exhibition runs through July 21st, 20243.

Here's the official video of the exhibit:

Here is Palazzo Strozzi on the map:

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