Anselm Kiefer, Paintings

exhibition view, São Paulo; photo © Eduardo Ortega; courtesy of White Cube, São Paulo.

Exhibition, White Cube, São Paulo, Brazil, until 20 June
The paintings in this exhibition explore themes of history, politics, landscape, and in particular, the vision of The Morgenthau Plan. Proposed in 1944 by the US, the plan was conceived to transform post-war Germany into a pre industrial, agricultural nation in order to limit its ability to wage war. A polarising political act that in the artist’s words “ignored the complexity of things”, it sought to divide Germany into two independent states, annexing or dismantling all centres of industry. Here, Kiefer depicts rural landscapes, with flowers blooming through destruction and devastation. Echoing both German Romantic painting and the turbulent landscapes of Van Gogh, huge, dark expanses of plant life dominate the composition.