What does the artist do? He draws connections. He ties the invisible threads between things. He dives into history, be it the history of mankind, the geological history of the Earth or the beginning and end of the manifest cosmos. For science and politics, art has no tangible use, and yet without art there is nothing. Whether we are blind to the artist’s works and the poet’s words remain unread, we know that when all is cast to the wind, art will go on.
—Anselm Kiefer, 2011