Jericho by Anselm Kiefer Hon RA
Until 30 April 2007
In the Annenberg Courtyard
In collaboration with White Cube
Created especially for the Royal Academy’s Annenberg Courtyard, Jericho consists of two towers measuring 14 and 16.5 metres high respectively. Kiefer has determined their height and situation to best work with the classical architecture of the Academy's courtyard.
Anselm Kiefer Hon RA, Jericho Photography by Harry Burden.
Kiefer’s sculpture is the latest in the recent programme of Sculpture in the Courtyard, and follows on from Damien Hirst's Virgin Mother and Rodin's Gates of Hell. Anslem Kiefer is an Honorary Academician and has been a regular exhibitor at the RA’s Summer Exhibition over recent years.
Jericho is constructed from reinforced concrete components arranged in a series of tiers or floors. There are doorways in some of the walls, and the floor pieces have a rough open centre allowing the viewer to look up from the base unit to the sky through a series of levels. Reinforcing bars visibly protrude from each piece accentuating the towers' rough-hewn texture.
Kiefer has explored the theme of towers previously. He has constructed similar towers in Barjac, France and also created a series of towers from 2003-04 for a permanent and dramatic installation in a disused Pirelli factory building in Milan. Lead books, which have also long been an important element within Kiefer's work, are used to prop up corners of some of the wall pieces thereby giving the towers the appearance of being disjointed and precarious.
The sculptures will coincide with Kiefer’s exhibition Aperiatur terra at White Cube Mason’s Yard, London from 26 January to 17 March 2007. The exhibition of new works will include a major sculptural installation, Palmsonntag, comprised of eighteen paintings, hung as a single entity on one wall, with a thirteen metre palm tree laid on the gallery floor. In the lower gallery, four epic canvases are hung to form a second installation.
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