Friday, July 30, 2010

Anselm Kiefer at SFMOMA (part 2 of 3)

Death Fugue, a poem written in a German concentration camp by Paul Celan:

death is a master from Germany
his eyes are blue
he strikes you with leaden bullets
his aim is true . . .
he plays with the serpents and daydreams
death is a master
from Germany
your golden hair Margarete
your ashen hair Shulamite

Margarete, the golden-haired ideal of Aryan womanhood, and Shulamite, the cremated Jewess who is also the archetypal Beloved of the Song of Solomon, interweave in Kiefer's work in a haunting and oblique way.

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