Germany Is Celebrating Gerhard Richter’s 90th Birthday With a Bonanza of Exhibitions. Here’s What to See

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The world-famous artist Gerhard Richter will turn 90 today on February 9th. Germany celebrates his heritage with a series of exhibitions that offer a new angle to his decades of career.

The show’s trio will take place in three regions where artists have strong ties.

In his hometown of Dresden, the artist curated a show of personal works. In his current residential area of ​​North Rhine-Westphalia, his current favorite medium, a museum-quality drawing show, is on display at the commercial gallery Sies and Höke. And many benefactors of his work, the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, also leans on the artist by looking at his artist’s books in an unprecedented way.

Here’s what you need to know about each exhibition:

“Gerhard Richter: Drawings, 1963–2020”
Siesand Höke, Dusseldorf
Until February 26

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Gerhard Richter 18.2.2020, (2020). Copyright Gerhard Richter. Courtesy Sies and Höke, Düsseldorf.Photographer: Simon Vogel

The 60 drawings provide incredible insights into the artist’s creative process at Sies and Höke in Düsseldorf. Düsseldorf is a city that artists have taught for many years. Forty drawings are sold for € 20,000 to € 1 million.Highlights include 21 individual studies for his monumental paintings SDI, Is part of the Hess collection. The drawings give “a rare insight into how Richter works,” said Sies and Höke art dealer Hanne Tonger-Erk. “There is nothing comparable to what he has released so far.”

Nina Hawk and Alexander Seeds (formally, Marian Goodman remains his only gallery), who collect Richter’s work, prepare an exhibition for five years in close discussion with artists and scholars. doing. (Drawing has been the only medium since Richter retired from painting in 2020.)

“Through all of his work, Richter has made great efforts not to fall into the modern category,” Richter expert Dieter Schwartz said in a statement. “Instead of explicit, he relies on ambivalence.”

“Gerhard Richter: Portraits, Glass, Abstractions”
Albertinum, Dresden
Until May 1st

Gerhard Richter, Selbstportrait (836-1), (1996).  © Gerhard Richter 2021 (0165/2021); Museum of Modern Art, New York.Commission on the Gift and Painting and Sculpture Fund of Joe Carroll and Ronald S. Lauder, 1996

Gerhard Richter, Selbstportrait (836-1) (1996). © Gerhard Richter 2021.

In his hometown of Dresden, where Richter lived and worked before his exile in West Germany in 1961, the Albertinum Museum was curated by an artist with the help of Gerhard Richter’s director, Dietmar Elgar. Opened an intimate show.

The three-room show focuses on family portraits and landscapes informed by images from the artist’s years of vacation. Given that the thrust of his work focuses on wartime atrocities, it provides a moving and subtle perspective on the artist’s work. Instead, this show reveals his inner self. Poetically Abstraction Built, Contains his last oil painting.

“From an artist’s point of view, this exhibition looks back on his painting technique, his own world of painting, and deliberately excludes politically relevant works,” said Gerhard Richter Archives. Said Kirstin Custer, the representative of the. At the time of the show, the sixth and final volumes of the artist’s catalog raisonné were also published.

“Gerhard Richter: Artist’s Book”
Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin
February 10th-May 29th

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The Neue National Museum in Berlin (100 works on display in 2023 and when opened in 2026, will be permanently rented to the 20th century museum, which is part of a contract with the Berlin State Museum, last year) is an artist. We are holding a special exhibition of publications by.

Numerous books from decades are on display, along with large abstract paintings. Atelier It is in the museum’s collection, and there is also a print of the adjacent Kupfersti Kabinett. The books are broadly grouped on the themes of self-image, photography, and opportunity.

“Gerhard Richter: Birkenau-Paintings, Drawings, Topcoat Photos”
K21 Dusseldorf
Until April 24

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<p class=Gerhard Richter, Birkenau cycle (2014). © SPK / photothek.net / Xander Heinl / © Gerhard Richter 2021.

Probably Gerhard Richter’s most important work, Birkenau Cycle (2014) Consider how to portray the Holocaust and Nazi atrocities of World War II. Richter transferred four photographs secretly taken by prisoners detained in Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland and filled them until they were almost completely abstracted.

This series is currently on display at the K21 in Düsseldorf, along with other works that incorporate the topcoat method developed by Richter. Richter and his wife, the painter Sabine Moritz, approached the museum in the process of planning an exhibition that included some of his reflections, with the idea of ​​also exhibiting a group of small-format drawings by Richter. .. A few months after birth. Those works are also included.

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