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Anselm Kiefer: Remembering the Future

Alan Yentob joins Anselm Kiefer at his studios in France and Germany as he prepares for a retrospective at the Royal Academy.

There is no-one quite like Anselm Kiefer. Having achieved fame and notoriety in equal measure in the 1980s, he has become one of the world's most singular and successful artists. Working with themes of history, memory and mythology, Kiefer produces work that is consistently controversial, and monumental in its scale and ambition.

In this imagine... Alan Yentob joins the artist at his studios in France and Germany as he prepares for a retrospective at the Royal Academy. In a series of frank interviews set against the backdrop of his awe-inspiring studios, Kiefer discusses the impact of his most significant pieces, installs a selection of new work, and explains why he is as excited and driven by his practice now, at the age of 69, as he was when he began.

1 hour, 5 minutes

Last on

Tue 18 Nov 2014 23:20

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:03

    Cliff Martinez

    We Don't Have To Think Like That Anymore

    • Solaris soundtrack.
  • 00:06

    Richard Wagner

    Prelude to Tristan & Isolde

  • 00:09

    Das Schulte Quartett Mit Begleitorchester

    Ich Weiss Nicht Was Soll Es Bedeuten

    • Singt Mit! 50 Wander- und Fahrtenlieder.
  • 00:11

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Concerto #21 in C, K.467 “Elvira Madigan” – 2. Andante

  • 00:19

    Lucia Micarelli

    String Quartet in F Major, M.35:2.Assez vif Tres Rythme

    • Music from a Farther Room.
  • 00:25

    Robert Schumann

    Waldszenen, Op. 82: VII. Vogel als prophet (Bird As Prophet)

  • 00:34



    • And He Just Pointed To The Sky….
  • 00:42

    Bedrich Smetana

    Vltava Staatkapelle

  • 01:00

    Richard Wagner

    Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1


Role Contributor
Presenter Alan Yentob
Interviewed Guest Anselm Kiefer
Producer Jack Cocker
Director Jack Cocker
Series Editor Alan Yentob
Executive Producer Tanya Hudson


  • Tue 18 Nov 2014 22:40
  • Tue 18 Nov 2014 23:10
  • Tue 18 Nov 2014 23:20