Tuesday, October 30, 2012

ALMIGHTY ANSELM KIEFER

When Paris art galeries invest the suburbs, is it to be closer to suburbans, is it to pay lower rents for wider space or is it to be closer to the jet plane Le Bourget ( 30 000 landings a year, largest private plane hub) so that you get straight from your jet to the gallery to spend your crazy dollars ???

How can I be criticising at such an early hour ?!

Let’s play truth here.

It is a brand new good idea as long as their program of exhibits is worth it.

And it is.

But, by such an incredible coincidence, Larry Gagosian in Le Bourget ( 1650 m2) AND Thaddaeus Ropac in Pantin ( 2000 m2)have both inaugurated their galeries with ANSELM KIEFER ! Lack of imagination, or incredible sensibility ?

Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery in PANTIN

 

 

Anselm Kiefer at Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery

 

Gagosian with a “déjà vu” KIEFER while Ropac has managed to hang huge paintings yet unseen on the market.

 

 

In "Morgenthau Plan," at Gagosian Gallery,  the gallery is filled with a sculpture of a golden wheat field, enclosed within a five-meter high steel cage. Kiefer's wheat field refers to the plan proposed in 1944 by former United States Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau to transform Germany after World War II into a pre-industrial, agricultural state thereby limiting its ability to wage war.

 

 

 

Morgenthau sought to divide Germany into two independent states; annexing or dismantling all German centers of industry in a devastating arrangement that would have led to the death of millions of citizens by pestilence and starvation.  Although the Morgenthau Plan was never realized, it represented a potential alternative German history.

 

 

 

Larry Gagosian Gallery by Jean Nouvel

800 Avenue de l'Europe
93350 Le Bourget (Paris)
T. 33.1.48.16.16.47 F. 33.1.70.24.87.10
paris@gagosian.com
Hours: Tue-Sat 11-7 & by appointment

 

 

THADDAEUS ROPAC GALLERIE PANTIN

69 avenue du Général Leclerc

93500 PANTIN

Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 7pm

 

http://www.ropacpantin.com

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