Restoration of a monumental painting by Anselm Kiefer

Sep 5, 2013 1:22PM

The restoration of a monumental Kiefer, which is shown in this video report, is a fine example of public-private collaboration. The collectors Mr and Mrs De Heus-Zomer have given the painting entitled Wohin wir uns wenden im Gewitter der Rosen, ist die Nacht mit Dornen erhellt in perpetual loan to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. The museum will use its expertise for the restoration and conservation of this magnificent canvas.

Anselm Kiefer painted this work, which is made up of three parts, in 1998. In May 2013, it was restored and mainly consolidated in close cooperation with the Redivivus restoration studio of Gwendolyn Boevé-Jones. Kiefer did not, in fact, work only in paint, but mixed this with sand, attached metal wires and barbed wires to the canvas and even included dried flowers. This resulted in a visually rich, heavy and complex whole, which is at the same time very vulnerable because of the variety of materials. 

The restoration took place under the auspices of the museum and in good consultation with the owners Henk and Victoria de Heus-Zomer. The process took place behind closed doors, but now this video reveals all to the public.


Thanks to:Henk en Victioria de Heus-Zomer, Medewerkers restauratieatelier Redivivus, Gwendolyn Perdue Boevé-Jones, Noor Mertens, Medewerkers Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Judith van de Hulsbeek.
Direction: Charlotte van Regenmortel & Anouk Wouters
Camera & editing: Anouk Wouters

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