Art+Culture Road Trips

And Then God Gave Us Anselm Kiefer

Anselm Kiefer at the Royal Academy in London
Anselm Kiefer at the Royal Academy in London

A proper blog post on my unexpected sojourn to London is forthcoming, but for now, I am left speechless by the “colossus of contemporary art” that is Anselm Kiefer.

In October 2012, I drove 6,800 kms with my artist husband, Ric Kokotovich (, and my dog Iggy, to spend 6 months in our adopted city of Merida. Leaving the fast paced world of Calgary behind, I packed my books, art and entrepreneurial spirit, and set off to explore what lay beyond the borders that had become my life. In October 2013 we hit the road south again, hoping to find out what ‘living the dream’ really means. This is my adventure.

2 comments on “And Then God Gave Us Anselm Kiefer

  1. Alison, Kiefer is one the artists I am in awe of. When I first saw his work in New York in 1984, I had seen nothing like it, the massive textured landscape paintings, Nuremberg,The Mastersingers,Osiris and Isis, Yes you made me bring out the old catalogues and the one book I have and go through them, remembering how incredible that exhibition and his work is. Did you get to see any of his photos with silver and lead, or clay, lead and silver? They were amazing. His emulsion and crayon on lead, Women of the Revolution was incredible. Thank you for bring that memory back, I wish we could have seen that show when we were there. Did you make to the Saatchi collection? There was some compelling works by young emerging contemporary artists there, really worth seeing. Enjoy your trip!

    Sent from my iPad Danita Noyes


    • We almost bought the art book but it just did not do the work justice so it will live on in our memory. Many of the pieces in this exhibition were commissioned for the show; there was an entire room of actual books he has created over the years which I’ve never seen. There were a few monumental sculptures in lead and other materials. We rented headsets and am so glad we did. Kiefer talks about his opinion that lead is the only material that can hold up the weight of humanity. Such a man, such an artist. I have and will remain humbled by his intellect and talent.

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