Artists Fairs Germany

Kiefer unveils fellow artist’s tunnel vision

Laib adds to friend’s Gesamtkunstwerk

Wolfgang Laib (left) and Thaddaeus Ropac inside the artist’s installation

For the first time, Anselm Kiefer has invited another artist to create a work for Barjac, his former silk factory in France. The fellow German artist Wolfgang Laib has created a yellow, tunnel-like structure within Kiefer’s Gesamtkunstwerk, which occupies 35 hectares of land. In exchange, Laib has invited Kiefer to create a work for his home in southern Germany.

The piece was unveiled to an ­audience of around 100 art-world ­luminaries a fortnight ago. Guests ­included Thaddaeus Ropac (2.0/B11); Laib and Kiefer are represented by the Salzburg- and Paris-based dealer, among other gallerists.

Meanwhile, Kiefer’s retrospective at London’s Royal Academy of Arts is due to open on 27 September (until 14 December).

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