Gerhard Richter. New Paintings

Gerhard Richter (*1932 in Dresden) is one of the most significant contemporary artists. His work covers a period of more than five decades. On the occasion of his 85th birthday, the Gerhard Richter Archive of the Dresden State Art Collections is holding an exhibition from 20 May to 27 August 2017 with new paintings by the artist. Initially, most of his works were already exhibited in Museum Ludwig, Cologne. Now the paintings, supplemented with seven recently created works, will almost all be exhibited in the Albertinum.

  • DATES 20/05/2017—03/09/2017

Gerhard Richter. New Paintings

The new “Abstrakten Bilder” [Abstract Paintings] since 2015 are strikingly different from the work created five years before, with its reserved and delicately modulated surfaces. The 32 paintings in total tie in with the works from the late 1980s and impress with their vibrant and fragmented multitude of colouration. In addition to his brush and squeegee, Richter also uses a knife to scratch animated traces into the surface of the image and reveals the multiple layers of oil paint by stripping it all the way back to the layers underneath. This process reminds us of the “Abstrakten Bilder” [Abstract Paintings] created around 1990. However, Richter no longer uses the knife in parallel, vertical tracks, instead, he uses free, gestural movements across the canvas.
These works differ from all the other “Abstrakten Bilder” [Abstract Paintings] in their pictorial gesture and signify a new dynamic pictorial beginning.

Gerhard Richter is connected to the Dresden State Art Collections and his birthplace of Dresden in a unique way through the archive, which was founded here and named after him. The artist repeatedly expresses this connection with special exhibitions. An extensive group of new STRIP paintings and works behind glass already had their premiere here in Dresden in 2013. Two years later, Gerhard Richter was presenting his Birkenau cycle in the Albertinum to the public for the first time.

As the most important research project of the Gerhard Richter Archive, the work is held in the catalogue of works (Catalogue Raisonné) of all paintings and sculptures by Gerhard Richter. After the publication of volumes 1, 3 and 4 (2011 to 2015), the second of a total of six volumes will be published for the exhibition by the Hatje Cantz Verlag.
Gerhard Richter Catalogue Raisonné. Volume 2 No. 199-388 1968-1976, edited by Dietmar Elger, text(s) by Dietmar Elger, German, English, 2017. 656 pages, 715 Abb., Hatje Cantz Verlag, ISBN 978-3-7757-1979-7, 248.00 EUR.

On Friday 19 May 2017 at 7pm, the ceremonial opening of the exhibition will take place in the atrium of the Albertinum: The “Ensemble Musikfabrik”, an international soloist ensemble for contemporary music, will play “Richters Patterns”, the piece first performed in Cologne in 2016. The composition commissioned by KölnMusik creates a link between visual art and new music. “Richters Patterns” is a musical installation for 18 musicians and electronics by Marcus Schmickler with a film of the same name by Corinna Belz based on an idea by Gerhard Richter. The title refers to Gerhard Richter’s art book “Patterns: Divided, Mirrored, Repeated” (2011).

Accreditation is essential for any reporting of the opening in the Albertinum but also for the press briefing. This can be obtained by contacting us at or by telephone at 0351-4914-2643 by Thursday 18 May at 12 noon.

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