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Albright-Knox’s big, bold Anselm Kiefer show opens Sunday

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery (1285 Elmwood Ave.) wants to introduce you to Anselm Kiefer.

To facilitate the meeting between Western New York’s museum-going populace and one of Germany’s most ambitious and successful artists, the gallery is opening “Anselm Kiefer: Beyond Landscape” on Sunday to celebrate its exhibition of a monumental new Kiefer painting.

In August, the gallery announced its purchase of Kiefer’s “Der Morgenthau Plan,” an 18-foot-long painting that references U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau’s scuttled plan to reduce Germany to an agrarian state in the wake of World War II. The exhibition will give several Kiefer paintings – including the gallery’s own similarly overwhelming piece “Die Milchstrasse” – plenty of room to breathe in the galleries of its 1905 building. It also will feature many landscapes by other artists from the gallery’s collection, as well as an entire room dedicated to visitor feedback.

The show is the first major initiative from its Finnish-born director Janne Sirén, who began his tenure at the gallery in April. The exhibition will remain open for a full year. Gallery admission is $5 to $12. Call 882-8700 or visit

Colin Dabkowski

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