Best Museum Exhibition - 2004
German Art Now
Any time the Saint Louis Art Museum wants to bring in more German art, that's fine with us. We trust their judgment to pick the great from the good, and whether it's Gerhard Richter's devastatingly beautiful paintings (Kerze all the way rocks) or Max Ernst's stark, scratchy work, we think it's all pretty great. But the fact that the staff of the SLAM went to the trouble of transporting Anselm Kiefer's massive, multi-ton broken-glass-and-metal sculpture The Breaking of the Vessels from the third to the second floor for the German Art Now exhibit -- well, we tip our hüt to youse guys. Not only did you painstakingly replace every shard of broken glass exactly to Kiefer's precise, Teutonic specifications, but you surrounded it with a glorious array of modern German art. Ausgezeichnet, Lieblings.