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June 22, 2006 – September 10, 2006
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
7th and Independence Ave., SW
Location: Level 2
This is the first American survey of Anselm Kiefer's (German, b. 1945) work in almost 20 years and features 40 large paintings, books, and sculptures created between 1969 and the present. The exhibition reveals the layers of meaning threaded throughout his work, specifically focusing on the relationship between heaven and earth. He often intertwines a complex range of subjects -- including alchemical treatises; Nordic, Greek, Egyptian, and early Christian mythology; and mystical Jewish text -- and relates them to modern, particularly German, history.