Anselm Kiefer’s World of Devastation Is Captured in the Documentary "Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow" (ARTINFO)

ARTINFO – If Pompeii hadn’t been excavated, if the towns and villages on the Western Front hadn’t been rebuilt after World War I, and if the site of the World Trade Center had been left as it was after 9/11, they might partially resemble the ruins Anselm Kiefer constructed in the South of France. Moving from Germany in 1993, Kiefer took over the 35 hectares of the industrial wasteland La Ribaute, near Barjac, and turned the atelier into a sprawling Gesamtkunstwerk, or “total work of art,” consisting of 47 buildings, an amphitheater, bridges, caves, an underground labyrinth that invoke the guts of the Pyramids or the gas chambers of the Nazi concentration camps. In the concrete rooms, he installed artworks — twisted strips of metallic film, a dormitory cast in lead, a child’s garment decorated with shards of glass, and other totems of catastrophe.

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