Gerhard Richter | About Painting





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Gerhard Richter (Dresden, 1932) is considered to be one of today’s most important artists and as one of the postwar renewers of painting. His work, powered by experiment, doubt and chance, proves again and again that a painting is not capable of representing or replacing reality.

The exhibition starts out from Richter’s earliest works, such as the paintings of curtains and windows from the 60s and 70s, which are grouped around his first work in glass, 4 Panes of Glass (1967), which is jammed between the floor and the ceiling. This arrangement is echoed and carried forward in the presentation of the artist’s work from the last 14 years and eight never previously shown works from 2017, which are reflected in the glass piece 7 Panes (House of Cards) from 2013. In this way, fundamental aspects of Richter’s early works are linked to his present artistic practice. The rooms are in chronological order, whereby it becomes clear that each new work is a new visual solution that emerges from an existing work. The exhibition highlights the way the artist reacted to developments in society in the 60s and 70s and the way he responds through his work to the world as it is now.

Gerhard Richter | About Painting is being held on the occasion of the artist’s 85th birthday. Curator: Martin Germann. It is an updated presentation of an exhibition organised in conjunction with the Kunstmuseum in Bonn.

Gerhard Richter, installation S.M.A.K., 2017. Foto Dirk Pauwels.

Image on top: Gerhard Richter, Keukenstoel.


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