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Gerhard Richter. ATLAS

Invitation to the Press Conference on Friday, 3 February 2012, at 11:30 a.m. in the Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau


Gerhard Richter

Prof. Dr. Dirk Syndram, acting Director General of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

Dr. Dietmar Elger, Director of the Gerhard Richter Archive

Prof. Dr. Helmut Friedel, Director of the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München

Dr. Heike Kramer, Director, Head of the Department of Civic Engagement and Events Management, Deutscher Sparkassen- und Giroverband

Gerhard Richter. Atlas

An Exhibition of the Gerhard Richter Archive Dresden in collaboration with the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München

4 February to 22 March 2012
place: Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau
opening hours: daily 10.00 am till 6 pm, closed Mondays

In celebration of Gerhard Richter’s 80th birthday, the Gerhard Richter Archive of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden presents the ATLAS of the artist in the Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau. The ATLAS takes a prominent role in the oeuvre of Gerhard Richter. It is the basis of many of his paintings just as it is an artwork in its own right. The ATLAS consists of approximately 800 framed panels with more than 15.000 photographs, newspaper clippings, sketches and designs, which Richter had accumulated for work in his studio from the early 1960s onwards. In 1972, he ordered and arranged the collection on boards and presented it under the title ATLAS for the first time. Ever since then, he has continuously added new material. The conceptual character of the ATLAS offers unique insights into the mindset of the artist, into the development of some ideas for works as well as into the creational process of several of his paintings.

The exhibition was curated in close cooperation with the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München that preserves the ATLAS in its collection. We have to thank the Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe for supporting the exhibition.

We would kindly invite you to attend the press conference in the presence of the artist on Friday, February 3 2012.

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