Anselm Kiefer

Walhalla

 


A selection of vast new paintings will be shown and large-scale sculptures will transform the gallery's corridors and 9x9x9 space.

In the corridors of the gallery, the walls will be darkened, lighting dimmed, door widths reduced and a series of life-size beds constructed; each draped with a metallic sheet. Lined with oxidised lead, each bed will be named after a person significant to the artist; including figures from history, literature and other sources. The new bed sculpture, displayed for the first time, makes reference to an earlier work by the artist, The Women of the Revolution (Les Femmes de la RОvolution) (1992/2013).

The exhibition is named after the Walhalla Monument, an iconic acropolis in Bavaria built by Crown Prince Ludwig in 1862 that houses busts and plaques of important figures in history. The name Walhalla comes from the mythical place 'Valhalla' in Norse mythology, a paradise for those slain in battle. This paradise is directly tied to the figure of Valkyries in the same mythology women who would choose who would live or die in battle and subsequently accompany the dead to Valhalla.
A towering sculpture will greet the visitor in 9x9x9. Nine metres in height, the work explores the moment when the Valkyries and Valhalla meet. From it, robes and film reels hang, the robes signifying the slain Valkyries.

Where

White Cube Bermondsey
144-152 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3TQ
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Wed-Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 12 noon-6pm

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