Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Art Blart and Anselm Kiefer and The Norns


Urd Werdande Skuld (The Norns)  1983

Oil, shellac, emulsion and fibre on canvas
support: 4205 x 2805 x 60 mm

ARTIST ROOMS Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008

Between 1980 and 1983, Kiefer made paintings that revisited images of Hitler’s monumental architecture. Using old photographs and architectural plans, Kiefer transformed symbols of Nazi authority into derelict building-sites. In this work, the vaulted structure contains the unseen presence of the Norns, the three figures of fate in Germanic mythology, named Past, Present and Future. Their names are scratched into the ceiling, while below a glowing fire points to salvation and regeneration. Drawing on the artist’s fascination with Norse folklore and Wagnerian motifs, the work reflects his attempts to reconcile his country’s recent history through the myths of Germanic legend.
 (From the online caption April 2009)

I subscribe to a blog entitled Art Blart. That is where this image of The Norns has come from - and there are other images there, too, by the same painted. The artist is Anselm Kiefer.  I find his work striking and meditative.  More images of his work can be found here, and here.
 Anselm Kiefer: Heaven And Earth 

Anselm Kiefer 

Anselm Kiefer/Paul Celan: Myth, Mourning and Memory 

Anselm Kiefer: Maria Walks amid the Thorn 

Anselm Kiefer: Sculpture & Painting