The “Book Among Books” exhibition is taking visitors’ breath away in Pistoia. On until November 25 in the modern Biblioteca San Giorgio library space, German artist Anselm Kiefer has exhibited 15 of his bookish works made between 1999 and 2013. This is not the first time Kiefer has featured in the Tuscan city; the library’s reading room has hosted his Die Grosse Fracht (The Heavy Cargo) site-specific wall-hanging artwork since 2007.
The book sculptures on show in this temporary exhibition display varied techniques, from watercolour to photography and lead. The intensity that emerges from these works stems from the importance that Kiefer places on books, as explained by the art historian Gabi Scardi in the introduction of the exhibition catalogue: “the medium of his relationship with the different spheres of knowledge is the written word. It is not accidental therefore that the active relationship with culture, with the word and with its correspondent, the book, is one of the constants that interweave and innervate his work”.
Biblioteca San Giorgio
via Pertini, Pistoia
Until November 25
Open Monday 2–7pm, Tuesday–Saturday 9am–7pm.