The Alan Howard Foundation / JW3 Speaker Series presents Anselm Kiefer in conversation with Tim Marlow.

Poetry, alchemy and flame-throwers — “A colossus of contemporary art” came to talk about his life and work at JW3 in Hampstead on Tuesday 18th November. The German artist, Anselm Kiefer, was in conversation with Tim Marlow, the art historian and commentator on the contemporary cultural scene who became the Royal Academy's Director of Artistic Programmes.

This was a rare talk given by Kiefer while the Royal Academy holds the first ever retrospective of his work. The artist creates giant, densely textured, paintings, sculptures and installations at his 35,000 square meter studio in Paris, using a wide variety of materials, ranging from straw and lead to oil paints and watercolours, and working with implements that include knives, axes and flame throwers.

Watch the entire event here