GERMANY / Berlin / Neue Nationalgalerie : Gerard Ritcher
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until Sunday May 29 2022

Neue Nationalgalerie
Neue Nationalgalerie
T : +49 (0)30
Potsdamer Str. 50, Berlin
10785 Berlin

On the occasion of Gerhard Richter’s 90th birthday, the Kunstbibliothek (Art Library) at the Neue Nationalgalerie is mounting a major survey exhibition of his artist’s books for the first time. The books, for which Richter consistently drew on his own imagery and experimented with abstract processes, are indispensible for understanding his oeuvre and self-image as an artist.

With works from the Kunstbibliothek, the Nationalgalerie and the Kupferstichkabinett, as well as loans from the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (State Art Collections) and the Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz König, Cologne, the exhibition provides unique insight into the artist’s inner world.

Gerhard Richter (b. 9 February 1932 in Dresden) is one of world’s best-known and most successful contemporary artists. For decades his art has fascinated many through its painterly methods, intelligent subject matter and consistent changes in working methods, from the first blurred grey pictures based on photographs to the colourful abstract paintings. Richter’s first artist’s book was produced in 1966 in collaboration with Sigmar Polke. Since then, books have become essential to understanding his works and self-image as an artist.

The Artists' Books in the Context of the Complete Oeuvre

The exhibition in the Neue Nationalgalerie’s Graphic Gallery, Richter’s artist’s books are presented together with prints from the Kupferstichkabinett and complemented by the large abstract painting Atelier from the Nationalgalerie collection – a work paradigmatic of his oeuvre.

The Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz König, which has published almost all of Gerhard Richter’s artist’s books, has provided numerous publications that can be leafed through, discovered and read. Valuable special and limited editions, preliminary designs and letters from the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden’sGerhard Richter Archive round off the special exhibition.

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