In another use of images from his trip to northern Norway, Kiefer here befouls the charming vista of a fjord with pink boils of paint, scrawling the title "Sick Art" across the top of the postcard view. The phrase brings to mind the infamous 1937 Munich exhibition "Entartete Kunst" (Degenerate Art), for which the Nazis assembled more than 650 modernist works from German public collections in order to demonstrate that such art was unacceptable and "un-German." Ironically, the subject here is set in the very landmass that, through Old Norse literature (the Edda), is known as the chief source of knowledge about German mythology.
Inscription: Inscribed top in ballpoint pen: Kranke Kunst; inscribed lower right in ballpoint pen: für Julia [für Julia]
private collection (1974–83; sold in 1983 to d'Offay); [Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London, 1983–95; sold to MMA]