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A Ship Will Come

Artist:
Anselm Kiefer (German, born Donaueschingen, 1945)
Date:
1974
Medium:
Watercolor, gouache, and ballpoint pen on paper
Dimensions:
H. 9-1/2, W. 7-7/8 inches (24.1 x 20 cm.)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Gift of Cynthia Hazen Polsky, in memory of her father, Joseph H. Hazen, 2000
Accession Number:
2000.96.2
Not on view
In summer 1974 Kiefer traveled to the northernmost region of Norway, the North Cape, on the Arctic Ocean, taking Polaroids and collecting postcards of the stunning landscape for later use in the studio. Here, an image of a cruise ship against the backdrop of a magnificent fjord and the glowing midnight sun becomes the personification of, in Kiefer's words, the "perfect kitsch song of the student revolution" of the 1960s-A Ship Will Come-which was popular in the Germany of Kiefer's youth and, for the artist, full of unrealized, even vulgar, utopian yearning.
Inscription: Inscribed upper center in ballpoint pen: ein Schiff wird kommen
Städtische Kunsthalle Düsseldorf. "Anselm Kiefer," March 24–May 5, 1984, no. 87.

ARC/Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. "Anselm Kiefer," May 11–June 21, 1984, no. 87.

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. "Anselm Kiefer," July 31–September 30, 1984, no. 87.

Sezon Museum of Modern Art. "Anselm Kiefer–Melancholia," June 3–July 19, 1993, no. W–6 (as "Ein Schiff wird kommen").

National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto. "Anselm Kiefer–Melancholia," August 3–September 5, 1993, no. W–6.

Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art. "Anselm Kiefer–Melancholia," September 18–October 24, 1993, no. W–6.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Anselm Kiefer: Works on Paper in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," December 15, 1998–March 21, 1999, no. 12.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Landscapes by Klee and Kiefer," January 19–September 30, 2001, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Broken Flowers and Grass: Nature and Landscape in the Drawings of Anselm Kiefer," March 24–August 2, 2009, no catalogue.

Nan Rosenthal in "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection 1994–1995." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 53 (Autumn 1995), p. 68.

Nan Rosenthal. Anselm Kiefer: Works on Paper in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1998, p. 39, 40, no. 12, ill. p. 38 (color).



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