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
Physical Description
Wood cut, acrylic and shellac on paper
Inventory Number
Object Number
DB117 Z
Deutsche Bank Collection at the Städel Museum
Not exhibited


About the Work

The stake is burning. In "Ways of World Wisdom" Anselm Kiefer randomly combines 17 historical personalities with shellac lines. It is a portrait gallery of German intellectual history in the form of a woodcut collage that includes poets and thinkers as well as political and military personalities. The title, painted in children's script, refers to the Battle of Hermann, the battle in the Teutoburg Forest that ended victoriously for the Germanic tribes. Under the name of Arminius of the Cherusci tribe, their leader advanced to become a German national hero. Kiefer is far from merely depicting history; he is interested in the appropriation of the event by National Socialism. The reflection of his own history is an essential aspect of Kiefer's art, which, beginning in the 1970s, traces the spiritual roots of the Third Reich in German cultural history.

Work Data

Basic Information

Wege der Weltweisheit: die Hermanns-Schlacht (Original Title)
Title Translation
Ways of World Wisdom: The Battle of the Teutoburg Forest
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Wood cut, acrylic and shellac on paper
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Bezeichnet unten (mit dem Pinsel in Schwarz): Wege der Weltweisheit: die Hermanns-Schlacht.

Property and Acquisition

Picture Copyright
© Aselm Kiefer
Deutsche Bank Collection at the Städel Museum

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Object History
Sammlung Deutsche Bank im Städel Museum


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