Work by a Chancellor's Fellow at Edinburgh College of Art, Dr Christian Weikop, has been published by Tate. Part of a series of "In Focus" projects, Heroic Symbols 1969 by Anselm Kiefer looks at the early work of the German artist.
Dr Christian Weikop is a specialist in modern and contemporary German art and has published and lectured extensively in this field, including on German artists in the Tate/National Galleries of Scotland ARTIST ROOMS collection, namely August Sander, Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter, Georg Baselitz, and Anselm Kiefer. He has worked closely on the ARTIST ROOMS Research Partnership, led by the School of History of Art at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA), since its beginning in 2011.
As an envoy of the Royal Academy, London, Christian interviewed the towering figures of post-1945 German art, Kiefer and Baselitz, in 2013 and 2014 respectively, writing a catalogue essay for the RA Kiefer retrospective. This was considered to be “one of the most important modern art exhibitions of the decade” (Apollo, 2014). His Kiefer project for Tate comprises of eight essays and includes contributions from Dr Lara Day (Artsy, Berlin) and Dr Hannah Abdullah (Goethe-Institut, New York).
“The ARTIST ROOMS In Focus on Anselm Kiefer’s earliest work, provides the most detailed investigation of the important Heroic Symbols/Occupations (1969) series of photographs and related artworks to date, and explores the artist’s continuous reuse of this early work across different media and over time,” said Christian, “It examines the artist’s motivations in performing the taboo ‘Sieg Heil’ gesture in the late 1960s, and considers the difficult reception of this ‘action’ when it first appeared in the public sphere as a carefully sequenced photo-essay in the conceptual art magazine, Interfunktionen, in 1975. The project also places the work in a wider socio-political and cultural context, and considers Kiefer’s performance in relation to what the Germans would come to describe as Vergangenheitsbewältigung (‘a coming to terms with the past’), a critical idea of post-1945 German literature and culture.”
Christian will be giving a presentation on Anselm Kiefer’s Heroic Symbols at the 2016 Association of Art Historians (AAH) Conference, which this year is taking place at University of Edinburgh (7-9 April 2016). He will also be discussing his work for Tate/National Galleries Scotland ARTIST ROOMS and the Royal Academy at ECA on 24th May 2016. The event is part of our series of Chancellor's Fellows talks and takes place at 5.20pm in the boardroom (top floor) of Evolution House, followed by a drinks reception. It is free and everyone is welcome to attend.