The work, is one of several inspired by Kiefer's fascination with Russian Futurist, Velimir Khlebnikov (1885- 1922). After years of painstaking study, Khlebnikov concluded that major sea-battles only occurred once every 317 years, and multiples thereof. Anslem Kiefer celebrates this obscure, absurd, intellectual's, magnificent achievement, with a work comprised of two enormous glass vitrines measuring almost 17 meters in length.
This extraordinary work, is both reflective and transparent. Viewers see their own, 'selfies', and others' reflections, and in this way are submerged in the seascape.
This work also has an additional resonance for me; Anslem Kiefer's exhibition opening one month, less one day, after the death of my father Commander J.D.Graham R.N., submariner,(1924-2014).