Anselm Kiefer was born in Donaueschingen in 1945, and now lives and works in Paris. Before Anselm Kiefer began his artistic career, he studied law, literature and linguistics. He then studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe, and later in Düsseldorf, where he became a student of Joseph Beuys. Since the beginning of his practice, Anselm Kiefer has explored German post-war identity. He has just opened a major exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London in September 2014.