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Anselm Kiefer's appetite for destruction at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale

Anselm Kiefer's appetite for destruction at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale

The gloomiest apocalyptic painting in Anselm Kiefer's new exhibit beckons from behind a glass box near the atrium at the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale. "Winterwald," a massive oil landscape that invokes Greek mythology and the Holocaust, shows a smoky forest crusted in snow, with synthetic teeth dangling from burnttrees. The base of the box is filled with snapped branches, ash and more teeth. A snakeskin is draped over the branches.

The setting, which nods to the Book of Genesis and the dragon's teeth in the Jason and the Argonauts myth, also suggests Kiefer's childhood, says Bonnie Clearwater, the NSU Art Museum's executive director, on a tour of the exhibit...

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