Gerhard Richter


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Gerhard Richter was born in Dresden on 9 February 1932. He fled to West Germany in 1961 and studied at the State Academy of Art in Düsseldorf through 1964, later teaching there as a professor of painting from 1971 to 1994.

Richter’s diverse oeuvre encompasses a wide spectrum, ranging from photorealism to abstraction, showcasing an exceptional command of painting, photography, and conceptual exploration.

His artistic prowess lies in the fluidity with which he navigates between styles, often challenging traditional perceptions and blurring the lines between representation and abstraction. Richter’s compositions exhibit a mesmerizing interplay of meticulous detail and spontaneous gestures, creating depth and intrigue that invite contemplation.

Recent important exhibitions have been held at the Museum Barberini in Potsdam (2018), The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (2020), and the Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest (2021).
Gerhard Richter has lived and worked in Cologne since 1983. 

Born in Dresden / Germany

Staatliche Kunsthochschule Dresden, Student of Heinz Lohmar

Staatliche Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Student of K.O. Götz

Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg, Visiting professor

Staatliche Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Professorship

Nova Scotia College of Art in Halifax, Visiting professor

Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main, Visiting professor

Cologne, Honorary citizen

Solo exhibitions (Selection)

The Met Breuer, New York: Gerhard Richter. Painting After All.

Museum Barberini: Gerhard Richter. 

Gerhard Richter, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia

Gerhard Richter: Über Malen – Frühe Bilder, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.), Ghent, Belgium

Gerhard Richter: Neue Bilder, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
Gerhard Richter: Die Editionen, Folkwang Museum, Essen, Germany
Gerhard Richter: A Survey, Národní galerie v Praze (National Gallery), Prague, Czech Republic, 26 April 2017 – 03 September 2017
Gerhard Richter: Neue Bilder, Albertinum, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Dresden, Germany
Gerhard Richter: Über Malen – Frühe Bilder, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany

Gerhard Richter: Paintings and Drawings, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
Gerhard Richter: Birkenau, Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden, Germany
Gerhard Richter: 14 Panes of Glass for Toyoshima, Toyoshima, Japan

Gerhard Richter: Painting, Wako Works of Art, Tokyo, Japan
Gerhard Richter: Color Charts, Dominique Levy Gallery, London
Gerhard Richter: Artist Rooms, Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery, Plymouth, UK
Gerhard Richter: Inkjet print, Dresden Gallery, Dresden, Germany
Gerhard Richter: Small Dimensions. Galerie Schwarzer, Düsseldorf, Germany
Gerhard Richter. Overpainted Photographs, Hannah Hoffman Gallery, Los Angeles
Gerhard Richter. Neupräsentation im Albertinum, Galerie Neue Meister Albertinum;Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Germany
Gerhard Richter. Editions, Galerie Son, Berlin, Germany

Gerhard Richter From Elbe to November: Works on Paper from the Collection, Kunstmuseum Winterthur
Gerhard Richter: Streifen + Glas, Kunstmuseum Winterthur
Herbert Foundation and mumok in Dialogue, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien
Gerhard Richter, Fondation Beyeler, Basel
Gerhard Richter, Marian Goodman Gallery

Gerhard Richter: Editions from the Olbricht Collection 1965–2012, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin
Gerhard Richter. Elbe, November, and Other Works, Museum Ludwig, Cologne

Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
Gerhard Richter: ATLAS, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
Gerhard Richter: Panorama, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin in conjunction with the Tate Modern and Centre Pompidou 2011 Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris
Gerhard Richter: Panorama, Tate Modern, London
Gerhard Richter: Sinbad, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York
Gerhard Richter. Bilder einer Epoche, Bucerius Kunst Forum, Hamburg
15 x 2, fiftyfifty Galerie, Düsseldorf

Gerhard Richter: Elbe, Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Winterthur
Gerhard Richter. Sinopse, Casa Andrade Muricy, Curitiba
Gerhard Richter: Epoch (Artist Rooms), New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester
Gerhard Richter: Lines which do not exist, The Drawing Center, New York, USA
Gerhard Richter. Übersicht, Galerie im Ernst-Rietschel-Haus, Pulsnitz
Gerhard Richter. Sinopsis, Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo, Buenos Aires
Gerhard Richter. Sinopsis, Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales, Montevideo
Gerhard Richter: New Overpainted Photographs, Wako Works of Art, Tokyo

Gerhard Richter: Abstrakte Bilder, Haus der Kunst, Munich
Gerhard Richter: Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, London

Gerhard Richter, National Art Museum of China, Beijing
Gerhard Richter, Serpentine Gallery, London

Gerhard Richter: Zufall – The Cologne Cathedral Window, and 4900 Colours, Museum Ludwig, Cologne

Group exhibitions (Selection)

»What’s a Photograph?«, International Center for Photography, New York
»Manifesta 10«, The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg
»Beyond and Between«, Leeum – Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul
»Variations: Conversations in and around Abstract Painting«, Los Angeles County Museum of Modern Art
»Passions Secrètes«, Collections Privées Flamandes, Tri Postal, Lille

»Auf Augenhöhe: Meisterwerke aus Mittelalter und Moderne«, Ulmer Museum, Ulm
»Leben Mit Pop!«, Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig
»Collection: Contemporary Art and Themes«, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
»Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years«, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, USA

»Rasterfahndung. Das Raster in der Kunst«, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Germany
»Selecciones de la Colección del Museo Guggenheim Bilbao II«, Museo Guggenheim de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo
»The Queen: Art and Image«, National Portrait Gallery, London
»Son et Lumière – Material, Transition«, Time, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
»Kabinettstucke|Cabinet Pieces«, Weserburg Museum of Modern Art, Bremen
»Chefs-d’oeuvre Du Musée Frieder Burda, Musée Granet, Aix-en-Provence

»Nie wieder störungsfrei! Aachen Avant-garde seit 1964«, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen
»Belvedere: Why Is Landscape Beautiful?«, Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Remagen
»Hirst – Baselitz – Richter – Kiefer: The Contemporary Collection«, Albertina, Vienna
»Rendez-vous der Maler – Malerei an der Kunstakademie Düsseldorf von 1946 bis 1986, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany
»Lifelines: Stages of a Collection, Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden, Germany
»Zettels Traum – The Bernd und Verena Klüser Collection of Drawings«, Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal
»Hyper Real – Art and America around 1970«, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen
»Things are Queer: Highlights of the UniCredit Art Collection«, MARTa Herford, Herford
»Compass: Drawings from the Museum of Modern Art New York«, The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
»Graphics of Capitalist Realism: KP Brehmer, KH Hödicke, Konrad Lueg, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Wolf Vostell: Graphical Works until«, Edition Block, Berlin
»New Space, New Works«, Wako Works of Art, Tokyo
»Out of Focus. After Gerhard Richter«, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg
»Painted Over – Blurred – Erased: Portrait in the 20th Century«, Galerie der Gegenwart, Kunsthalle Hamburg
»Vielfalt Abstraktion«, Hubertus Melsheimer Kunsthandel, Cologne
»Arp, Beckmann, Munch, Kirchner, Warhol … Classics in Bonn. The Unknown Collection from Bielefeld«, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn
»Hack Order #2 – Eleven Rooms«, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen

»Psycho Painting, Carlson, London
»With Your Art: Artist’s Editions 1990–2010«, Haubrok Collection, Berlin
»A Touch of Eden – Masterpieces and Positions of Contemporary Art«, Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie, Bielefeld
»Atlas: How to Carry the World on One’s Back?«, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
»PastPresentFuture: Highlights from the UniCredit Group Collection«, Yapı Kredi Cultural Center, Istanbul
»Haunted – Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance«, Museo Guggenheim Bilbao
»The Nature of Art: Encounters with Nature from the 19th Century to the Present«, Kunstmuseum Winterthur
»In Chronological Order: Städel Works of the 14th to 21st Centuries«, Städelsches Kunstinstitut und Städtische Galerie, Frankfurt am Main
»Art Re: Art«, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown
»Hyper Real: The Passion of the Real in Painting and Photography«, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig (MUMOK), Vienna
»Luc Tuymans: A Vision of Central Europe«, Arentshuis and Stadshallen, Bruges, Belgium
»Picasso to Julie Mehretu: Modern Drawings from the British Museum Collection«, British Museum, London
»The Private Museum: The Passion for Contemporary Art in the Collections in Bergamo«, Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (GAMeC), Bergamo
»With Head and Hand – Variations in Drawing«, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
»Thrice Upon A Time«, Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall
»55 Years of Art in Düsseldorf«, Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf
»Invisible Shadows: Images of Uncertainty«, MARTa Herford, Herford
»Perspectives contemporaines – Collection & nouvelles acquisitions«, Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne Métropole
»Lust for Life and Danse Macabre: Olbricht Collection«, Kunsthalle Krems
»International Art from the Reininghaus Collection«, Cologne
»Sammlung Falckenberg«, Hamburg
»Capitalist Realism: Graphics from the Block Collection«, Lyonel-Feininger-Galerie, Quedlinburg
»The Luminous West«, Kunstmuseum Bonn
»Re-Opening of K20 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen«, K20 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf
»Painting: Process and Expansion – From the 1950s till now«, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig (MUMOK), Vienna
»Press Art: The Collection Annette and Peter Nobel«, Museum der Moderne (MdM), Salzburg
»Calder to Warhol: Introducing the Fisher Collection«, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
»Vanité. Mort que me veux-tu?«, Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, Paris
»Re-Opening of the Albertinum in Dresden«, Albertinum, Dresden
»Monet et l’abstraction«, Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris
»Die Neue Galerie – Auftritt im Schloss!«, Museum Schloß Wilhelmshöhe, Kassel
Just what is it…«, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe
»Realismus – das Abenteuer der Wirklichkeit«, Kunsthalle Emden
»Collection / Porto : Museu Serralves, Domaine de Kerguéhennec – Centre d’Art Contemporain, Bignan
»Neue Freiheit – Abstraktion nach 1945«, Emil Schumacher Museum, Hagen
»Täuschend echt. Illusion und Wirklichkeit in der Kunst«, Bucerius Kunstforum, Hamburg
»Monet y la abstracción, Museo Thyssen–Bornemisza«, Madrid

»Art of Two Germanys/Cold War Cultures«, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles
»7 x 14 Jubiläumsausstellung«, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden

»Color Chart: Reinventing Color, 1950 to Today«, Museum of Modern Art, New York

»Hidden in Plain Sight: Contemporary Photographs from the Collection«, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
»52nd International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia«, Venice