Anselm Kiefer2004

Pirelli HangarBicocca

Pirelli HangarBicocca
Milan, Italy

Installation view, Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, 2017 (detail) | Melancholia is distinguished most of all by the completion of the last covering, a polyhedron taken from the engraving of the same name created in 1514 by Albrecht Dürer, which became one of the artist’s most famous allegorical images. Artists were defined as “those born under Saturn,” since people believed that the planet of melancholy represented the artist’s contemplative, ambivalent character. At the base of the tower there are the so-called “falling stars,” small sheets of glass and strips of paper marked with alpha-numerical series that correspond to NASA’s classification of celestial bodies.


  • Title: Melancholia
  • Creator: Anselm Kiefer
  • Date Created: 2004
  • Physical Dimensions: 16.30 x 2.68 x 3 meters
  • Type: Installation
  • Rights: © Anselm Kiefer; Courtesy Galleria Lia Rumma, Milan/Naples; Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan. Photo Agostino Osio.
  • Medium: Concrete, lead, glass, paper

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