To celebrate Gerhard Richter’s 80th birthday the New National Gallery in Berlin is displaying a comprehensive retrospective of his work. Find out more after the jump.
Gerhard Richter Betty, 1977 30 × 40 cm, Öl auf Holz Museum Ludwig, Köln / Privatsammlung © Gerhard Richter, 2012
Planned in close co-operation with the artist himself, the Berlin exhibition – previously at Tate Modern in London, consists of around 150 paintings from all periods of Richter’s extensive career. It offers insight into the artist’s multifaceted output both thematically and stylistically.
Gerhard Richter Seestück (See-See), 1970 200 × 200 cm, Öl auf Leinwand Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie © Gerhard Richter, 2012
Gerhard Richter Lesende, 1994 72 × 102 cm, Öl auf Leinwand San Francisco Museum of Modern Art © Gerhard Richter, 2012
The show combines rarely or never exhibited works with key examples of each of the artist’s creative phases.
Gerhard Richter Betty, 1988 102 × 72 cm, Öl auf Leinwand Saint Louis Art Museum © Gerhard Richter, 2012
Laid out mostly in a chronological structure, the exhibition explores the dialogue the Richter created between abstraction and figuration as marked very clearly over the decades.
Gerhard Richter Neger (Nuba), 1964 145 × 200 cm, Öl auf Leinwand Courtesy Gagosian Gallery © Gerhard Richter, 2012
Richter has been tremendously consistent in his use of painting as a tool towards transgression and the exhibition certainly surveys his versatile use of his preferred medium very thoroughly. If you’re in Berlin, don’t miss out on it. You have until May 13th 2012 to visit.
Find out more about the exhibition at: Gerhard Richter in Berlin. The source of this article is SMB Museum.
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