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


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

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About the Work

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.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Wege der Weltweisheit: die Hermanns-Schlacht (Original Title)
Title Translation
Ways of World Wisdom: The Battle of the Teutoburg Forest
Draughtsman
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Acrylic and shellac over woodcuts, printed from 18 printing blocks on wove paper, prints glued together in overlapping fashion, mounted on screen cloth
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Bezeichnet unten (mit dem Pinsel in Schwarz): Wege der Weltweisheit: die Hermanns-Schlacht.
Captions Added Later
verso Etikett: 850801 / Kiefer, Anselm / Wege der Weltweisheit: Die Hermanns- / schlacht / links 1978, mittig Acryl-Schellack
Watermark
  • Nicht geprüft

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Sammlung Deutsche Bank im Städel Museum, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© Anselm Kiefer
Acquisition
Deutsche Bank Collection at the Städel Museum

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Object History
Sammlung Deutsche Bank im Städel Museum

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Last update

14.10.2020