Sale: 489 / Evening Sale, June 07. 2019 in Munich Lot 184

Anselm Kiefer
Frauen der Antike, 2000.
Post auction sale: € 200,000 / $ 226,000
Lot description
Frauen der Antike. 2000.
Sculpture . Cloth, synthetic resin, plaster and twigs, whitened.
250 x 120 x 115 cm (98.4 x 47.2 x 45.2 in).

Further figures from this series are currently on display at the Kunstmuseum Walter in Augsbug in context of the exhibition "Anselm Kiefer - Aus der Sammlung Walter".

PROVENANCE: Private collection Italy (until 2017).
Collection Heisig, Königswinter.
Private collection North Rhine-Westphalia.

In his works Anselm Kiefer explores his themes in an all-encompassing manner: Form, content and material reference each other, history and mythology, human and political hubris are at the center of his works. In line therewith Anselm Kiefer also examines historical female figures in his works, among them we find "Femmes de la Revolution" (1992/2013), today in possession of the Hall Foundation/MASS MoCA North Adams, MA or the painting "Les Reines de France" (1995) at Guggenheim Museum, New York. In the late 1990s he began to work on the series "Frauen der Antike" (Women in Antiquity) in which he was occupied with ancient female figures that, according to mythical or historical tradition, played an important role as individual personalities, but have fallen – unlike it is the case with their male contemporaries– into oblivion. These larger-than-life figures are exemplary of Anselm Kiefer’s operation method: the female body is determined by a ghost-like cover in form of a white crinoline garment and the twigs are added as attributes entangled in myth and history. Their outer cover and spirit is present while the body, not least for the absence of the face, remains absent. These associatively suggested figures show the lyrical conjunction of material, history and myth as the artist’s signature stylistic means. With "Frauen der Antike" Anselm Kiefer erected a striking monument for female personalities marginalized by patriarchal historiography. Owing to its strong vibrancy it may well be compared with the installation "The Dinner Party" (Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum, NY) by Judy Chicago. Time and again Anselm Kiefer works speak out against forgetting. Apart from a few exceptions, historiography has pushed women aside and let them sink into collection oblivion. Other figures from the series are in the Collection Grothe / Kunsthalle Mannheim, the Collection Walter and the Glaspalast Augsburg. [EH]

Buyer's premium, taxation and resale right apportionment for Anselm Kiefer "Frauen der Antike"
This lot can only be purchased subject to regular taxation.

Regular taxation:
Hammer prices up to € 500,000: 25 % buyer's premium plus statutory sales tax Hammer prices above € 500,000: for the share up to € 500,000: 25%, for the share above € 500.000: 20% buyer's premium, each plus statutory sales tax

Resale right apportionment:
Objects made by artists who have not died at least 70 years ago are subject to a resale right apportionment of 1.5% plus statutory sales tax.