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Anselm Kiefer

Für Paul Celan: Rutengänger (For Paul Celan: Diviner)

wood, glue and pencil on photograph
2005-2007
63 x 84 cm / 24 3/4 x 33 1/8 in.
inscribed 'Für Paul Celan: Rutengänger' in the image upper left

Anselm Kiefer is extremely literate. Many of his works were inspired by the poems of Paul Celan. The diviner is a figure in Celan's poem "Abend der Worte" (Evening of words): Evening of words - diviner in silence! one step and another a third, the trace of which your shadow does not obliterate: the scar of time opens up and floods the land with blood the hounds of the word-night, the hounds are now giving tongue right inside you: they celebrate the wilder thirst the wilder hunger... A last moon besteads you a long silver bone - naked as the path you came along throws he to the pack, but it saves you not: the ray that you awakened, froths ever nearer and atop swims a fruit into which you bit years ago.

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