Even though the currents that emerged from the past to our present day often arise in response to the former, they contain traces of the previous current. As a matter of fact, it provides a basis also for its succeeding current. The New Expressionist art movement, too, emerged in Europe in the 1970s as an extension of Modernism subsequent to Expressionism, and eventually became popular also in America. Anselm Kiefer, one of the leading painters of the Contemporary World Art and the New Expressionism movement, came into the world in Germany during the Second World War and by reflecting the effects of this war throughout his art life indirectly made the viewers witness those days. As Kiefer proceeded to question his cultural identity, he chose materials used in the production process within this context.
This work, the universe of which was formed by Anselm Kiefer, aims to analyze Osiris and Isis, one of the artist's mythological and symbolic works, in the context of indicators. The research was shaped by a descriptive survey model. The methodology of Anselm Kiefer’s ‘Osiris and Isis’ was determined and analyzed in accordance with the semiotic analyses of Louis Hjelmslev. The reflections of the artist’s cultural memory on his works alongside the myths and symbols were also addressed within the findings section.
Keywords; New Expressionism, Anselm Kiefer, semiotics, myths and symbols