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Notations: Kiefer, Polke, Richter at Philadelphia Museum

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July 21, 2007 - November 25, 2007


Anselm Kiefer, Sigmar Polke, and Gerhard Richter are undoubtedly three of the most important German painters of the post-war period. Working in Germany after World War II—a historical moment characterized by philosopher Theodor Adorno as marking the death of lyric poetry after the atrocities of Auschwitz—these artists mounted a vigorous reconsideration of the possibilities of pictorial practice.

This exhibition explores the dynamically different approaches through which Kiefer, Polke, and Richter each question the relevance of history painting, examine the relationship between painting and photography, and redefine the technical possibilities of painting through experimentation. The works on display, ranging from the 1960s to the 1990s, represent the ways in which the artists have restored a profound significance to the act of painting as a means to unearth and transform the collective consciousness.
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