anselm kiefer exhibition @ the RA

19 October 2014

If you're a Londoner or are visiting London, this is an exhibition you must not miss. Held at the Royal Academy of Art, this Anselm Kiefer exhibition is presents one of the most interesting living artists of today. I didn't know too much about him before I went, but having read about it and heard rave reviews, I knew it was something that would be worth going to.

There is something very special about an exhibition that has been curated and designed by the artist himself. He uses the spaces and walls to be fully integrated with his works, and also has an installation out on the front courtyard.

I obviously could not take any photos of the exhibition itself, but I'd rather not spoil it for you anyway.

He is a German artist born right after WW2, and through his work he challenges the story of the Holocaust and to reclaim music, architecture and literature that were never quite released from the grip of the Nazis. Controversial at the time and even today, the powerful messages and musings through his paintings, sketches and sculptures are emotionally and philosophically engulfing.

Nothing I write will actually do justice to this, so I suggest you just go, and definitely get the audio guide. It's wonderfully done with the artist himself speaking about some of the works, video clips and clear explanations.

As always, I took away a couple of postcards with me.

On our way to the station, we discovered Minamoto Kitchoan, a little shop full of sweet Japanese delicacies, including my beloved Baumkuchen (I know it's originally German, but they do them perfectly in Japan!). They even had a green tea version that I just could not go home without - E was pretty excited about it too.

It was a very fulfilling, inspiring and delicious day. Can't ask for much more!


  1. That Green Tea cake looks incredible!

  2. I love it when artists are able to curate their own exhibitions too! I feel like I get a better sense of the artwork from their perspective. I absolutely love seeing London through your eyes and mouth (<-- for lack of a better word haha). If only I lived closer! Anyways, what exactly is Baumkuchen? Is it a type of sponge cake? This green tea version looks delectable :)

  3. I think this is worth the trip for the cake alone. Any art is just a bonus!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  4. that green tea cake looks so yummy. I love Baumkuchen, one of their shop is not far from my office and everything always looks goood.

  5. Absolutely beautiful, I love the postcards you picked. This sounds like an exhibit that I would really like to see. And that cake looks scrumptious heheh.

  6. Hi Miho, I went to this too but I much preferred the Dennis Hopper exhibition at the RA at the moment. Shame he stopped taking photos when he turned 30, he was amazing!

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  7. I'm so keen to see the Kiefer exhibition - how cool that he's reclaimed the role of designing the exhibition space from the curator! Such a sweet green tea Baumkuchen - and it looks wonderfully moist too, which is hard to achieve with a Baumkuchen! xx

    Tamsin / A Certain Adventure


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