In September 2014, the Royal Academy will present the first major retrospective of work to be held in the UK by Honorary Royal Academician, Anselm Kiefer.Anselm Kiefer, Heroic Symbol V Heroisches Sinnbild V, 1970. Oil on canvas, 150 x 260.5 cm. Collection Würth. Photo Collection Würth © Anselm Kiefer[Anselm Kiefer, Heroic Symbol V (Heroisches Sinnbild V), 1970. Oil on canvas. 150 x 260.5 cm. Collection Würth. Photo Würth Collection / © Anselm Kiefer]

Over the last decade, their single artist shows have captured the imagination of the public. Always large in scale, ambitious in scope and astonishing in execution, they’ve seen artists including Anish Kapoor and David Hockney take on their Main Galleries. Now, this autumn, it’s the turn of a man described as “a colossus of contemporary art” to make his mark: Anselm Kiefer.

Palette 1981 by Anselm Kiefer born 1945[Anselm Kiefer, Palette on a Rope (Palette am Seil), 1977. Oil, acrylic, emulsion and shellac on canvas. 130 x 160 cm. Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich. Photo Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau / © Anselm Kiefer]

This will be the most significant exhibition of the German artist’s work ever held in the UK, spanning his entire 40 year career and unveiling new work created in direct response to their spaces.

Anselm Kiefer The-Orders-of-the-Night[Anselm Kiefer, The Orders of the Night (Die Orden der Nacht), 1996. Emulsion, acrylic and shellac on canvas. 356 x 463 cm. Seattle Art Museum, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. Hedreen. Photo Seattle Art Museum / © Anselm Kiefer]

Anselm Kiefer at the Royal Academy Of Arts

Kiefer’s extraordinary body of work includes painting, sculpture and quite simply monumental installations. Uncompromising in the subject matter he tackles, Kiefer’s work powerfully captures the human experience and draws on history, mythology, literature, philosophy and science.

Full of brave and provocative work, this exhibition will be a testament to the career of a man driven to confront himself and the audience with the big and complex issues of our world’s past, present and future. With the Royal Academy of Arts only minutes from Jermyn Street it is definitely worth a visit.

Anselm Kiefer 27 September — 14 December at Royal Academy of Arts (Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD)