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Gerhard Richter Archive

Gerhard  Richter is one of the most significant artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. His oeuvre covers a period of nearly five decades. For several years now, the artist has had a special relationship with his native city of Dresden. Since February 2006 the Gerhard Richter Archive has been in existence as an institution of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. It was established with the generous support of Gerhard Richter and works in close collaboration with the artist’s Cologne studio.

For the Albertinum, the artist is fitting out two exhibition rooms with his works. One room provides an overview of his work so far, including the 1964 painting “Portrait of Dr. Knobloch (41)”, which was purchased by the Gerhard Richter Archive, whilst in the other room new glass works created specifically for Dresden are presented.

The Gerhard Richter Archive is intended as a centre for research and communication concerning the works of this artist and as such it collects and documents all books, catalogues, journals and articles, photographs, videos and CDs that are published about Gerhard Richter or contain relevant information and contributions about him and his artistic context. An important section of the Archive’s holdings contains unpublished writings and documents, correspondence and photographs. In addition, the Gerhard Richter Archive works both independently and in cooperation with other institutions to organise exhibitions and symposia, and it is also producing its own series of publications. The most important research project is the compilation and publication of an academic catalogue raisonné of all of Gerhard Richter’s paintings and sculptures, which will be richly illustrated and will include information about provenance, exhibitions and literature.

  • Holdings

    Books, catalogues, articles: All catalogues relating to solo exhibitions, monographs and doctoral theses concerning Gerhard Richter are held in the Archive. In addition, there are numerous exhibition publications, books and journals containing articles about the artist. In particular, the collection of early catalogues and articles from the 1960s and 1970s is practically exhaustive.

    Documents: The Gerhard Richter Archive currently holds approximately 500 letters, manuscripts and other writings, most of which originate from the artist's studio and document, above all, Gerhard Richter’s relationships with his galleries and his Dresden friends in the 1960s and early 1970s.

    Press materials: The Archive holds approximately 12.000 exhibition reviews and press references dating from between 1962 and the present day. These provide insight into the development of the reception of Gerhard Richter’s oeuvre.

    Photographs: The photographic archive consists of 12.000 photos. Next to photos of his works, there are also portrait photos, photos of works in progress and of paintings which were later destroyed, views of his studio and photos documenting exhibitions, as well as preparatory photos for later paintings of the artist.

    Posters / invitations: The Gerhard Richter Archive holds approximately 600 posters, invitation cards and flyers relating to exhibitions by the artist from the early 1960s onwards.

    Films / videos: Meanwhile, the Archive has collected 250 media carriers that contain exhibition reports and detailed film portraits about Gerhard Richter.

  • Catalogue raisonné

    The Gerhard Richter Archive is preparing an expanded and updated edition of the catalogue raisonné (Werkverzeichnis) of the paintings and sculptures of Gerhard Richter which was published in 1986. It will be published in five volumes starting in 2011. Please find more information about the first volume and the following ones on the publisher's flyer.

    Lavishly illustrated with full-page reproductions of all works, the catalogue includes full technical details, information about the artist’s handwritten notes, provenance, bibliography, and exhibitions for each individual work. The comprehensive descriptions of the works are supplemented by artist statements, commentary, and comparative images.

    In this connection, the Gerhard Richter Archive is looking for further collectors who own or have owned works by Gerhard Richter. If this applies to you we would be very grateful if you could contact us. We can, of course, guarantee that your personal information will be treated in the strictest confidence.

    Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
    Gerhard Richter Archiv
    Dr. Dietmar Elger
    Tzschirnerplatz 2
    01067 Dresden

    Tel: +49 (0)351 – 49 14 7770
    Fax: +49 (0)351 – 49 14 9732

  • Visiting the Archive

    The Gerhard Richter Archive provides students and academics who are studying the artist with access to all its holdings. Two work spaces are available during normal office opening hours. There are no fixed opening times; instead, it is necessary to register in advance by telephone or in writing.

    Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
    Gerhard Richter Archiv
    Dr. Dietmar Elger
    Tzschirnerplatz 2
    01067 Dresden

    Tel: +49 (0)351 – 49 14 7770 
    Fax: +49 (0)351 – 49 14 9732 

  • Biography

    born in Dresden, February 9. Grows up in Reichenau and
    Waltersdorf, Oberlausitz/Saxony.

    leaves school after 10th grade with a certificate of graduation
    from the business school in Zittau.

    apprenticeship as an advertising painter.

    stage-set painter in the Stadttheater in Zittau, applies to the
    Dresden Art Academy, but is rejected, begins a job painting
    at the DEWAG in Zittau.

    accepted at the Dresden Art Academy.

    main study in the mural painting class with Prof. Heinz Lohma.

    recieves diploma with the mural at the Deutsches Hygienemuseum Dresden, becomes a master student and is given
    a studio at the Dresden Art Academy for three years.

    visits the documenta 2 exhibition in Kassel.

    escape from East Germany, study at the Art Academy in
    Düsseldorf with K.O. Götz

    friendship with Konrad Lueg (= Konrad Fischer) and Sigmar Polke

    finishes his study, first solo shows in the galleries Friedrich &
    Dahlem, Munich and Galerie Schmela, Dusseldorf.

    visiting professor at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste,
    Hamburg, is awarded the art price "Junger Westen" by the
    German city of Recklinghausen.

    Gerhard Richter and Blinky Palermo travel to New York.

    professor at Dusseldorf Art Academy.

    visiting professor at the Nova Scotia College of Art in Halifax.

    is awarded the Arnold Bode Prize in Kassel.

    moves to Cologne.

    is awarded the Oskar Kokoschka Prize in Vienna.

    guest professor at the Städelschule, Frankfurt/Main, is awarded
    the Kaiserring of the city of Goslar

    ends of teaching at the Duesseldorf Art Academy

    receives the Wolf Prize in Arts, Jerusalem.

    moves to a new studio in the outskirts of Cologne.

    is awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale, receives the
    Praemium Imperiale Price, Tokyo.

    receives the Wexner Prize, Columbus, OH.

    receives the Staatspreis of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

    honorary doctorate from the University Leuven

    opening of three rooms with art works by Gerhard Richter in the
    Dresden Albertinum.

    granting of the honorary citizenship of the city of Cologne,
    dedication of the south transept window designed by Gerhard
    Richter in the cathedral of Cologne.

    reopening of the Albertinum with two rooms with works by
    Gerhard Richter.

    retrospective "Panorama" at the Tate Modern, London

    exhibition "Atlas" at the Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
    retrospective "Panorama" at the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin and at the Musée National d'art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

    Gerhard Richter lives and works in Cologne.