ANSELM KIEFER Die Argonauten



Die Argonauten
mixed media and photographic paper on cardboard laid on board
37¼ by 54⅞ in. 94.6 by 139.4 cm.
Executed in 2004.

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Yvon Lambert, Paris
Private Collection (acquired from the above)
Sotheby’s, London, June 27, 2018, lot 169 (consigned by the above)
Acquired by the present owner from the above sale

Enticing and thought provoking, Die Argonauten is an important example of Anselm Kiefer’s iconic body of works inspired by Velimir Chlebnikov. Famed for his esoteric mathematical calculations, Chlebnikov’s studies sought to explain the course of history, and akin to Kiefer, focused his attention on key historical episodes. In studying the laws of time, Chlebnikov predicted that every 317 years, or a multiple thereof, a climactic naval conflict would occur. The result would significantly alter the path of Humankind. With Kiefer’s inclusion of a German U-Boat, the present work can be read as a reference to Chlebnikov’s prediction of naval warfare. The submarine, as a modern-day metaphor for destruction, ties the present work with the time dimensions of Chlebnikov's theoretical construct, referencing the powerful motif within Kiefer’s oeuvre that explores warfare at sea. Spectacular in its intellectual scope, Die Argonauten is an extraordinary amalgam of symbols and signifiers that epitomizes the work of the German master.

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