Sale: 495 / Post War / Contemporary Art II, Dec. 07. 2019 in Munich Lot 118001745

Anselm Kiefer
Die Argonauten, 2014.
€ 15,000 - 20,000

$ 16,500 - 22,000

Lot description
Die Argonauten. 2014.
Lead, patinated.
One of 90 hand-made copies that clearly differ in size and make. Ca. 16.3 x 46 x 37 cm (6.4 x 18.1 x 14.5 in).
Released by Royal Academy of Arts, London, on occassion of the retrospective from September 27 - December 14, 2014.

Our airplane sculpture "Die Argonauten" is a characteristic example of Kiefer's occupation with the "Jason" myth - both with regards to content and form. In an interview from 1990 the artist expresses his messages: "What the apples meant to Cézanne, that's the story of the argonauts to me." (SZ magazine, no. 46, November 16, 1990, p. 27). Kiefer analogized the airplane, another leitmotif in his artistic creation, with the "Argo", the mystical ship on which Jason and the Argonauts sailed to retrieve the Golden Fleece, in his early cycle "Himmelspaläste" from between 1988 and 1991. The sculpture offered here is such an "Argo-Plane". The fighter jet coveys the legend's battlesome symbolism while a critical-romantic undertone sounds: The material lead makes the vehicle unable to fly and the Golden Fleece remains object of an unsatisfied desire. [JS]

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