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
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'