LONDON - South of the river at the White Cube’s new exhibition space in Bermondsey is the largest ever presentation of Anselm Kiefer’s work in London.
Using 11,000 sq. ft. of the huge new gallery – in total it measures some 5440 sq. m. or 58,000 sq. ft. – the show is called ‘Il Mistero delle Cattedrali’, after a 1926 book that claimed the Gothic cathedrals of Europe contained the hidden secret of alchemy in code.
Kiefer has long had a fascination with alchemy – as he himself says “In the past the alchemist sped up this process [the lead-silver-gold cycle] with magical means. That was called magic. As an artist I don't do anything differently. I only accelerate the transformation that is already present in things. That is magic, as I understand it.”