An interview with Anselm Kiefer


Surrounded by his paintings in SFMOMA’s galleries, German artist Anselm Kiefer describes the challenges and significance of exploring the past in his work. He highlights the subjective, emotional nature of both history and art.


German painter and sculptor Anselm Kiefer discusses the meanings behind some of his favorite materials, including straw, cow manure, and lead. He describes how he strives for fluidity and malleability in his work, though conservation can be a challenge.

Cite this page as: SFMOMA, "An interview with Anselm Kiefer," in Smarthistory, December 21, 2020, accessed July 12, 2024,