Behind the scenes: Anselm Kiefer

00:16:33 134 Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
The restoration of a monumental Kiefer, which is shown in this video report, is a fine example of public-private collaboration.
Anselm Kiefer

Anselm Kiefer (1945) is a German painter and sculptor. He studied with Joseph Beuys and Peter Dreher during the 1970s. His works incorporate materials such as straw, ash, clay, lead, and shellac. (German) history and myth were the central themes in his work.

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The collectors Mr and Mrs De Heus-Zomer have given the painting entitled 'Wohin wir uns wenden im Gewitter der Rosen, ist die Nacht mit Dornen erhellt' in perpetual loan to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. The museum will use its expertise for the restoration and conservation of this magnificent canvas.

Anselm Kiefer painted this work, which is made up of three parts, in 1998. In May 2013, it was restored and mainly consolidated in close cooperation with the Redivivus restoration studio of Gwendolyn Boevé-Jones. Kiefer did not, in fact, work only in paint, but mixed this with sand, attached metal wires and barbed wires to the canvas and even included dried flowers. This resulted in a visually rich, heavy and complex whole, which is at the same time very vulnerable because of the variety of materials. 

The restoration took place under the auspices of the museum and in good consultation with the owners Henk and Victoria de Heus-Zomer. The process took place behind closed doors, but now this video reveals all to the public.

Video credits

Thanks to:

Henk en Victioria de Heus-Zomer,

Medewerkers restauratieatelier Redivivus,

Gwendolyn Perdue Boevé-Jones,

Noor Mertens,

Medewerkers Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen,

Judith van de Hulsbeek.

Direction: Charlotte van Regenmortel & Anouk Wouters

Camera & editing: Anouk Wouters


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