New exhibition at Tullie House brings together works spanning 45 years of Anselm Kiefer’s career, with two brand new pieces never seen on public display before.

Born in Germany in 1945, now living and working in France, Anselm Kiefer is one of the most important post-war European artists. His work encompasses themes of environment, identity and memory as well as myth, history and literature on a scale epic in both size and subject matter.  The exhibition features breathtaking works spanning the artist’s whole career, including two new works, completed only weeks before going on display at Tullie House.

The two new works are on loan from the Artist and Artist Rooms Foundation.  Aurora features a lead u-boat resting on a bed of dried roses, encased in a steel and glass vitrine.

Das Spiel is Aus, or ‘The Game is Over, a further vitrine, houses one of Kiefer’s iconic iron sunflowers, displayed alongside asphalt objects.

Dr. Christian Weikop, of The University of Edinburgh, has said “The Anselm Kiefer exhibition in Carlisle is a terrific coup for Tullie House. Kiefer is the most important artist to emerge from Germany in the post-1945 period. And many consider him to be our greatest living artist, a giant of the art scene, a true Picasso of our time.”

Other highlights of the exhibition include two large canvasses, Urd, Verdandi, Skuld (The Norns) and Palette, plus a selection of Kiefer’s Heroic Symbols photographs. This exhibition represents a rare chance to see the works of Anselm Kiefer outside London or Paris.

Dr. Weikop said “This exhibition comes in the wake of a major London retrospective at the Royal Academy last year, but it very much has its own identity. It showcases Kiefer’s imaginative use of photography in his mixed media work, an aspect of his oeuvre that is often overlooked... The exhibition features work from the very outset of his career in 1969 through to the present day and is extremely well installed. Highly recommended!"

In its first week the exhibition has attracted nearly 300 visitors, and response has been positive – some visitors have said of ARTIST ROOMS Anselm Kiefer:

 “Some powerful stuff here – great to see an artist of Kiefer’s stature in Cumbria. Thank you”

“A thought provoking exhibition”

“Wonderful, spiritually uplifting exhibition”

“Really interesting – exciting to see it here. Packs an emotional impact”

“Amazing, important artist and exhibition. We’re lucky to have in Carlisle. Thanks”

To gain a deeper insight into the exhibition and the works on display, time your visit to catch a Gallery Conversation. At 11.30am and 2pm, every Wednesday and Saturday the Museum Assistants will be delivering short, informal tours of the gallery.

The exhibition is FREE to visitors aged 25 years and under.  Running alongside the exhibition is a Creative Development Programme where young people can engage with contemporary art and create their own film, writing, music, or art. If you would like to get involved email Anna on

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Image credits:

ARTIST ROOMS Anselm Kiefer © Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Trust

Notes to editors

Dr. Christian Weikop is the Chancellor’s Fellow in History of Art at the University of Edinburgh.


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