1945, Donaueschingenlives & works in Paris



Born on March 8, 1945 in Donaueschingen

1966 - 1970

After discontinuing his studies in law and Romance languages, he first studied painting with Peter Dreher in Freiburg and Horst Antes in Karlsruhe


First solo exhibition at Galerie am Kaiserplatz, Karlsruhe

from 1970

Close exchange with Joseph Beuys and attendance at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, lives and works as a freelance artist in the Odenwald, where he finds an early patron in the respected gallery owner Michael Werner


Participates in the 39th Venice Biennale, Kiefer designs the West German pavilion under the title "Burn, lignify, sink, silting up" and causes a scandal


Exhibitions in London, Paris, Cologne, New York and Munich pave his way to becoming one of the most requested artists of the post-war period

1991 - 1993

After the failure of the art project "Zweistromland", he decrees a three-year break from painting and leaves Germany.

2010 - 2011

He gives a series of lectures on his understanding of art at the Collège de France in Paris under the title "Art barely does not perish" (L'art survivra à ses ruines)


Moves into his studio in the Parisian suburb of Croissy-Beaubourg, which is located in the warehouses of a former Parisian department stores'

since 2018

Austrian citizenship