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JH&WH

Anselm Kiefer2004

Pirelli HangarBicocca

Pirelli HangarBicocca
Milan, Italy

Installation view, Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, 2017 (detail) | These two towers are disseminated at the base of meteorites that have been numbered with molten lead in irregular shapes, symbolizing the creation myth presented in several Cabala texts. The two towers are equally complementary at their crowns, culminating with writing in neon light detailing respectively the letters “JH” and “WH” which, when united according to the rules of Hebrew phonetics, form the world “Yahweh”, an unpronounceable term in the Jewish tradition.

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  • Title: JH&WH
  • Creator: Anselm Kiefer
  • Date Created: 2004
  • Physical Dimensions: JH tower (16.30 x 2.54 x 2.80 meters) | WH tower (16.30 x 2.67 x 2.55 meters)
  • Type: Installation
  • Rights: © Anselm Kiefer; Courtesy Galleria Lia Rumma, Milan/Naples; Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan. Photo Agostino Osio.
  • Medium: Concrete, lead, neon

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