In the Beginning Anselm Kiefer & Photography

Jean de Loisy, Sébastien Delot, Heiner Bastian, Christian Weikop

The first book to consider Anselm Kiefer's photography and use of photographs in his wider artistic practice.

Known for his monumental painting and installations, the internationally celebrated artist Anselm Kiefer's works are marked by a constant questioning of history and collective memory. Born in Germany two months before the Nazi capitulation in 1945, Kiefer's reflections on postwar identity, loss, and shared experience, nourished by myths and literature, create an unparalleled breadth of imagery.

The use of photography as both practice and source material is a little-known aspect of Kiefer's art that has played a central role throughout his career. In the Beginning presents over one hundred and thirty works charting the artist's relationship with photography and his investigations into what images reveal.


Jean de Loisy


Jean de Loisy is an art historian and independent exhibition curator.

Sébastien Delot


Sébastien Delot is collections director at Musée Picasso Paris and former curatorial director of LaM, Lille.

Heiner Bastian


Heiner Bastian is a writer and exhibition curator.

Christian Weikop


Christian Weikop is professor of modern and contemporary German art at Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh.