Anselm Kiefer – Lectures at Collège de France


We are pleased to announce the publication of Anselm Kiefer – Lectures at Collège de France, edited by Heiner Bastian.

Anselm Kiefer (b. 1945) is the first visual artist to be appointed to lecture at the Collège de France, Chaire de création artistique. In 2010/11 he gave a total of nine lectures in French. They are published here for the first time in German.

In the course of his lectures, Anselm Kiefer speaks of images and analogies, of the importance of poetic literature, with which he maintains an ongoing dialogue. He describes his work in his studio, the complex paths, the detours and metamorphoses that lead to a work. In bold anticipations, he names the places where metaphysics, the history of myth structures, and modern research become his sources and references. The individual lectures show how Kiefer connects the interdependence of these spheres.

Those who read the lectures discover, as it were, a morphographic echo from the artist’s laboratory and work spaces, in which questions and answers are attempted between the boundaries of art and life and the meaning of art.


Published by Schirmer/Mosel
136 pages, ca. 150 colour plates
Format: 22.5 x 30 cm hardcover
German edition