Anselm Kiefer: Velimir Chlebnikov and the Sea

Panel Discussion Tue 12 Sep 2006 6.30PM-8.30PM The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor
Admission: $8, free for all students, as well as Aldrich and Goethe-Institut members and New School faculty, staff and alumni with valid ID
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Born in Germany in 1945 and currently living in France, Anselm Kiefer is a major European painter whose remarkable body of work explores the deep, mythological currents that guide Western history. The panelists will discuss Kiefers work by focusing on Velimir Chlebnikov, a major body of work featuring a series of thirty paintings housed in a steel pavilion designed by the artist.

The paintings and their pavilion are Kiefer's tribute to the visionary Russian thinker Velimir Chlebnikov (1885-1922), who lived a brief and tumultuous life as a leading figure in the Russian avant-garde through the period of World War I and the Russian revolution. Kiefer was influenced by Chlebnikov's writings, particularly his esoteric theories about the forces that cause human conflict.

Harry Philbrick, exhibition curator and Director, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT

Andreas Huyssen, Villard Professor of German and Comparative Literature, Columbia University
Mark Rosenthal, independent curator

Presented in collaboration with The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, on occasion of the museum's exhibition Anselm Kiefer: Velimir Chlebnikov and the Sea.