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theatre of miseries

July 14, 2009

[Guardian] The words hang in the air, along with the dust. There is no plot, only lamentation after lamentation. “Even the carcasses of men shall fall as refuse on the open field, like cuttings after the harvester, and no one shall gather them,” a voice says. There are images of broken vessels, of a world in ruins, of rivers turned foul, and of things that cannot be made whole again. These are desolate, homeless prophecies that might make men stop up their ears and drive them mad. As Kiefer wrote to Widmann when they were preparing this theatre of miseries, a letter that appears in the book accompanying the work, “everything has already occurred at the beginning, because the beginning is the end”. In the Beginning feels like the end of the world.

“I am against the idea of the end, that everything culminates in paradise or judgement,” Kiefer told me when we met in his studio in Le Marais the morning after the premiere. (read)

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