The Centre Pompidou Has A Must-See Anselm Kiefer Retrospective


In the largest contemporary art gallery in Paris – the one that looks like bright coloured scaffolding, its internal components exposed on the outsisde – there’s an epic retrospective of German painter and sculptor Anselm Kiefer. 

The show highlights just how prolific the guy is (he’s still working, at 71) with close to 150 works, including roughly 60 paintings and some of his most iconic pieces from the 70s and 80s. It also features installations, graphic works, artist’s books, and 40 display cases made especially for the show. He’s known for his large-scale paintings that use thick impasto paint, which you need to view closely to see the texture that you can never experience in photos. But then again, you could spend an entire day there if you do that for every piece in the show. 150 works!

The Centre Pompidou also has a cinema, permanent collection, excellent book-shop and puts on talks and events. It takes 15 minutes to get there from our hostel in Paris: take the Metro 2 to Belleville from Colonel Fabien, then get Metro 11 four stops to Rambuteau. 

Image: Ressurexit (detail), 1973, Sanders Collection, Amsterdam © Atelier Anselm Kiefer