Gerhard Richter was born shortly before the outbreak of World War II in Dresden, which would become a part of East Germany following the end of the conflict. His interest for the Informalism and Expressionism that were developing on the other side of The Wall quickly led him to abandon his hometown. After establishing himself in Düsseldorf, he made “his first paintings based on photographs,” through which he sought a “new beginning,” and although he had previously created pieces in this style, Richter considered that the photo paintings from before 1962 belonged to the past. Within this category, the Seascapes was a series that Richter worked on from the end of the 1960s up until 1998, the date of Seascape (Seestück), a piece in the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao’s Collection.
This exhibition will be the first to present a broad variety of these works, in which the artist relies both on traditional sources—such as the melancholy and moody landscapes of German Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich—as well as the popular snapshots taken while on vacation, in order to present a reflection on nature and visual perception. Through these paintings and drawings, Richter forces us to face the problem of representation, merging the painted surface and the photographic record into one. To do so, he applied highly diluted paint, achieving the smooth surface of a photograph, and like in many instant photos, he unfocused the image to make it more difficult to distinguish whether it is a photograph or a painting. In some of these works, the sea and the sky from different sources merge, becoming almost interchangeable, leaving it up to our perception to identify which is which.
In Reich Richter Pärt two immersive live performances — one conceived by composer Steve Reich and painter Gerhard Richter, the other by Richter and composer Arvo Pärt—explore the shared sensory language of visual art and music. The Richter Pärt partnership builds on a concept originally developed by Alex Poots and Hans Ulrich Obrist for the Manchester International Festival and will feature Pärt’s captivating choral composition together with Richter’s new work. The Reich Richter pairing, a Shed commission, examines the intersection between Richter’s formula for his “Patterns” series and Reich’s rigorous, repeating musical structures in a genre-crossing film made in collaboration with Corinna Belz and featuring the world premiere of a new Reich composition.
A selection from five decades of work by Gerhard Richter is on view at the Kranhaus in Cologne, by appointment only. The proceeds from the sales will benefit Casa Colonia, a project created to improve the living conditions of poor and homeless in the community.
"Gerhard Richter: Abstraction" at Museum Barberini in Potsdam, Germany, examines the abstract strategies and processes found in the artist’s complete works. The show brings together 90 pieces from international museums and private collections.
A Foucault pendulum created by Gerhard Richter has been installed in the dome of a deconsecrated Catholic church in Münster and is open to the public.
Richter, who attended the inauguration ceremony on Sunday, June 17th, says that he is fascinated by the history of Foucault’s pendulum and has long wanted to create his own. Richter wants his installation to provide a backdrop for concerts, lectures, readings and similar events.
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"In Tune with the World" unveils a new selection of artists from the collection, of several different mediums, bringing together modern and contemporary works, most of which have never before been exhibited in this space. Artists include Giovanni Anselmo, Christian Boltanski, Maurizio Cattelan, Pierre Huyghe, Gerhard Richter and Adrián Villar Rojas.
The Espace Louis Vuitton, Beijing presents its inaugural exhibition dedicated to Gerhard Richter
This exhibition has been presented in the framework Hors-les-murs program that showcases unseen holdings of the collection with the intention of making them more accessible to a broader public.
On the occasion of his 85th birthday, the Gerhard Richter Archive of the Dresden State Art Collections is holding an exhibition of new paintings by the artist.
Initially, most of his works were already exhibited in Museum Ludwig, Cologne, and now the 24 paintings, supplemented with seven, recently in 2017, created works, will be exhibited in the Albertinum.
The National Gallery in Prague presents Gerhard Richter: A Survey in cooperation with the German Embassy Prague, the Goethe Institute Prague, and coinciding with the 2017 Czech-German Cultural Spring.
The Museum Ludwig presents Gerhard Richter: New Paintings, featuring works created in 2016. Alongside the exhibition, pioneering works by Richter from the collection of the Museum Ludwig will be presented in the permanent exhibition.