“… in the material, there is already the spirit”

Artist does not create ex nihilo . Artist, I feel, is in a stream he sits there but things go through him. He is pierced by thoughts and by movements.

Anselm Kiefer

I am interested in fluidity. And for me, the interesting thing is that it changes. It has always to change.

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I was always interested not to use color as illusion, but as material
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I learned something about the meaning of the material because I think that in the material there is already the spirit […] If I see a material what shocks me, what makes me thinking, then I know that there is something in. And then I have to find it out. By practicing, by thinking, by building something.

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It is aways important to have some edge between order and chaos. If you do to much order than its finished, you know, its not good. If its too much chaos, you cannot work anymore. You have to always find a nice way between order and disorder 

Anselm Kiefer

History doesn’t exist. You cannot do it really objectively. So for me, history is then a clay. An argile to build with, to do something. 

Anselm Kiefer

What I like is to transform things. I don’t know from the beginning what it will say. It has to be in a conversation with me. 

Anselm Kiefer

We don’t know why we are here, we don’t know where we go… it’s quite desperate. We have an intellect to find out and we cannot.

Anselm Kiefer, in Remembering the Future

“I work because I want to be surprised about myself,” he said. “Every day I do something that I didn’t expect.” – Anselm Kiefer [via artsy.net]

Anselm Kiefer, installation view of “For Louis-Ferdinand Céline: Voyage au bout de la nuit,” Copenhagen Contemporary 2016. Photo by Anders Sune Berg, courtesy of Copenhagen Contemporary [via artsy.net]
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