Anselm Kiefer’s paintings and sculptures are filled with references to the past. His installation at Copenhagen Contemporary includes four lead sculptures of airplanes. The battered, war-weary aura of these objects dominates a 1500-square-metre space while also conversing with a series of paintings that measure up to 6.6m in height and 11.4 metres in width. These pieces contain references to photographs the artist took during his travels in the Gobi Desert in 1993 and also to a scene in the Austrian writer Ingeborg Bachmann’s Book of Franza (1955), in which the title character unsuccessfully seeks solace in the barrenness of the desert.
Until 6 August. Find out more: www.cphco.org.
1. Anselm Kiefer. Copenhagen Contemporary.