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Decomposition process

ANSELM KIEFER / Salla dello Scrutinio in Venice's Doge's Palace – here about how the past and the present historical moments converge.

This article was translated by Google and R.E.

But when all the above has been said about contemporary art, there was silence in me in another way, when I entered the Salla dello Scrutinio in the Doge's Palace surrounded by German Anselm Kiefer his new picture gallery. The paintings are a comment on the city's history and the fire in 1577 and on the city's former painters (Tintoretto and others) but also a comment on how the past and the present historical moments converge. For Kiefer, art is not just play, but the deepest seriousness. It is about clarifying the most important questions in history, philosophy and mythology, what it means to be up to date with one's own time, about why there is something and not just nothing.

"When they are finally burned, these writings will shed a little light."

The exhibition is framed with the Italian philosopher Andrea Emo#'s words "When they are finally burned, these writings will shed a little light." Emo is a form of Christian nihilist, whose philosophy, according to Kiefer himself, describes the core of his own view of art and perception of reality. Only in a transformative contact with nothing does creation gain its power. The moment I put something into the world, it is . . .

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Alexander Carnera
Carnera is a freelance writer living in Copenhagen.

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