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The Seven Heavenly Palaces

Artist: Anselm Kiefer

The Seven Heavenly Palaces


Permanent installation in Hangar Bicocca.


Created especially for the space, choosing to occupy the entire length of the largest aisle inside the central volume of the Hangar Bicocca.

Alluding to the Hebrew mysticism of the Kabbalah, the Book of Life, the artist created seven monumental towers out of reinforced concrete and lead symbolising the mystical experience of ascension through the seven levels of spirituality.

Emblems of the human condition, therefore, Kiefer's towers are real, inhabitable architectures, even if dangerously unfit for use, destroyed by time and the neglect of mankind, forgotten by history. The artist constructed the work by adopting the "universal section" of the container used for freight, symbol of the globalisation of the modern urban landscape, as a modular unit.

"The Seven Heavenly Palaces", a unique work of its kind for the materials used and for its monumental size, was purchased in 2005 becoming a permanent installation.

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Taken on April 23, 2009