Anselm Kiefer2009

Pirelli HangarBicocca

Pirelli HangarBicocca
Milan, Italy

The title of this painting is taken from Jaipur, a city Kiefer visited during his numerous travels throughout India. The canvas portrays a nocturnal landscape: on the lower section the artist has painted an architectural structure that reminds the viewer of an inverted pyramid; above, a starry sky. The constellations visible in the sky, connected with lines, are numbered utilizing NASA’s classification system. From a thematic point of view, this artwork appears to be the one most closely connected with The Seven Heavenly Palaces: the pyramid becomes a symbol of man’s vain attempt to move closer to the divine.


  • Title: Jaipur
  • Creator: Anselm Kiefer
  • Date Created: 2009
  • Physical Dimensions: 660 x 760 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: © Anselm Kiefer; Courtesy Galleria Lia Rumma, Milan/Naples; Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan. Photo Agostino Osio.
  • Medium: Oil, emulsion, acrylic, shellac and lead on canvas

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