Gerhard Richter (b. 1932 Dresden, lives in Cologne) is the best-known artist of the present day and one who has not only probed the potential of painting in every aspect, but also revisited a medium that is often dismissed as outdated. An exploration of Richter’s work through the prism of the landscape genre, to which he has remained faithful for over sixty years, offers a vivid insight into the underlying developments in his painting styles and visual forms. To this day, he continues systematically experimenting with photography and with certain techniques of blurring and scraping. While all the world’s leading institutions have devoted exhibitions to Richter’s work over the years, there has, astonishingly, been only one museum presentation that has dealt with his landscapes, and that was more than two decades ago. The Kunsthaus is therefore filling a major gap, with an exhibition that includes works on paper and three-dimensional objects as well as paintings.
The exhibition is an important and visually opulent addition to our understanding of Richter’s art, and opens up highly topical insights, both familiar and novel, into the theme of nature and landscape in the 21st century.
A cooperation with the Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien.
Curated by Hubertus Butin (Berlin) and Cathérine Hug (Kunsthaus Zürich)
Image: Gerhard Richter, Townscape PX, 1968 (Detail), Wittelsbacher Ausgleichsfonds - Prince Franz of Bavaria Collection, since 1984 in the Bavarian State Picture Galleries, Munich, photo: Blauel/Gnamm/ARTOTHEK © Gerhard Richter