collection

Varus

  • 1976
  • Anselm Kiefer
  • oil on canvas
  • 200 x 270,5 cm
  • Location VAM, B2, 01, 00
  • Acquired in 1979
  • Inventory number 835

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Description

Anselm Kiefer looks for a way within existing landscapes. In the case of Varus, that landscape is German Teutoburgerwald, where in 9 CE the Roman army led by Varus was defeated by German commander Hermann (Arminius). The terrain was unfamiliar to the Romans, which aided in their defeat. Commandor Hermann deployed landscape as a weapon. In this work landscape represents national identity.

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