Wege der Weltweisheit: die Hermanns-Schlacht, Anselm Kiefer
Anselm Kiefer
Wege der Weltweisheit: die Hermanns-Schlacht
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Anselm Kiefer

Wege der Weltweisheit: die Hermanns-Schlacht, 1978

2150 x 3410 mm
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Acrylic and shellac over woodcuts, printed from 18 printing blocks on wove paper, prints glued together in overlapping fashion, mounted on screen cloth
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DB117 Z
Deutsche Bank Collection at the Städel Museum
Not on display


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Anselm Kiefer binds his prints together in books or assembles them in monumental collages, as in the series "Ways of World Wisdom: The Battle of the Teutoburg Forest" (1976–80 and 1993), to which this work of 1978 belongs. The collage consists of seventeen woodcuts portraying prominent figures of German history and culture. The likeness of the Germanic hero Hermann the Cheruscan (second row, second from right) bears a connection to the battle that gave the series its name. The artist worked over the woodcuts with shellac and dark acrylic paint, thus combining the printmaking and drawing mediums.

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