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.
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.
The show combines rarely or never exhibited works with key examples of each of the artist’s creative phases.
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.
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.