Gallery Met: Anselm Kiefer

From the Met to the Met: Anselm Kiefer and Wagner’s Ring
On the occasion of the final run of Otto Schenk’s production of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen
Anselm Kiefer
February 17, 2009 – May 9, 2009

In the first collaboration between the Metropolitan Opera and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Wagner-inspired works by contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer were shown in Gallery Met coinciding with the final run of Otto Schenk’s acclaimed production of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen. Nine of the dozen works displayed were on loan from the Met Museum, the rest from private collectors. The Metropolitan Museum  of Art also hung several other works by Kiefer during the run of the Gallery Met exhibition. 


  • Yggdrasil, 1980
    gouache and acrylic on photograph
    32 1/2 x 23 1/4 inches
    Courtesy the artist and The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1995 

  • Grane, 1980
    woodcuts and acrylic on cut and pasted papers, mounted on canvas
    106 x 96 3/8 inches
    Courtesy the artist and The Metropolitan Museum of Art 

  • My Father Pledged Me a Sword, 1974-75
    watercolor, gouache, and ballpoint pen on paper
    11 1/4 x 8 1/8 inches
    Courtesy the artist and The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1995 

  • My Father Pledged Me a Sword, 1975
    watercolor, gouache, colored pencil, and ballpoint pen on paper
    12 5/8 x 9 1/2 inches
    Courtesy the artist and The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1995 

  • German Lineages of Salvation, 1975
    watercolor, gouache, and ballpoint pen on paper
    9 1/2 x 13 3/8 inches
    Courtesy the artist and The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Denise and Andrew Saul Fund, 1995

  • Untitled (The Rhine), 1993
    woodcuts on cut and pasted papers, mounted on canvas
    67 x 96 inches
    Courtesy the artist and The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1995

  • Siegfried's Difficult Way to Brünnhilde, 1980
    acrylic and gouache on photograph
    23 1/8 x 32 7/8 inches
    Courtesy the artist and The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Denise and Andrew Saul Fund, 1995

  • Brünnhilde Sleeps, 1980
    acrylic and gouache on photograph
    23 x 32 7/8 inches
    Courtesy the artist and The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Denise and Andrew Saul Fund, 1995

  • Brünnhilde's Tod, 1978
    pencil and gouache on paper
    17 x 12 inches
    Courtesy the artist and The Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • Brünnhilde/Grane, 1982-93
    woodcuts and acrylic on cut and pasted papers, mounted on canvas
    106 x 96 3/8 inches
    Courtesy the artist and The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1995

  • Brünnhilde's Death, 1976
    india ink, watercolor, and acrylic on joined paper
    34 3/4 x 17 3/8 inches
    Courtesy the artist and The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1995

  • Installation view of From the Met to the Met: Anselm Kiefer and Wagner’s Ring.

  • Installation view of From the Met to the Met: Anselm Kiefer and Wagner’s Ring.

  • Installation view of From the Met to the Met: Anselm Kiefer and Wagner’s Ring.

  • Installation view of From the Met to the Met: Anselm Kiefer and Wagner’s Ring.

  • Installation view of From the Met to the Met: Anselm Kiefer and Wagner’s Ring.

  • Installation view of From the Met to the Met: Anselm Kiefer and Wagner’s Ring.

  • Installation view of From the Met to the Met: Anselm Kiefer and Wagner’s Ring.