Anselm Kiefer: Artist Rooms: Lilith 1987-9

Anselm Kiefer: Artist Rooms: Lilith  1987-9
Archive Shelf Location Disc 743
Publication Date 26 Oct 2010
Description Level 3 Oil, ash and copper wire on canvas support: 3800 x 5600 mm painting This horrific vision of urban sprawl was inspired by Kiefer’s visit to Sao Paulo in Brazil. Tangled copper wiring signals the breakdown of communication. The city is engulfed in an apocalyptic haze, which Kiefer created by spreading dust and earth across the painting, then burning parts of its surface. According to Hebrew mythology, Lilith was Adam’s first wife, a seductive and demonic airborne spirit. In Kiefer’s painting, Lilith seems to bring destruction from the air upon Oscar Niemeyer’s modernist buildings.
Credit Photo: Colin Davison Image courtesy of BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
Copyright © Tate, London 2010
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