• Gerhard Richter, Piz Surlej, Piz Corvatsch, 1992, Öl auf Fotografie, 8,9 x 12,6 cm, Privatbesitz © Gerhard Richter, Köln
  • Gerhard Richter, Piz Surlej, Piz Corvatsch, 1992, Öl auf Fotografie, 8,9 x 12,6 cm, Privatbesitz © Gerhard Richter, Köln

Gerhard Richter

1.10.2020 – 24.01.2021

The Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien is devoting its major autumn exhibition in 2020 to an artist who until now has been an all too infrequent guest in the Austrian capital: Gerhard Richter (born in 1932 in Dresden). The German artist, renowned as the most important living painter in the world, will be showing a comprehensive retrospective of his landscapes in the Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien. “Yearning” and “the dream of classical order and a ‘heile Welt’ (a perfect or ‘sound’ world’) – in general the classic motivations for an artistic approach to the landscape in the tradition of German Romanticism – have since 1963 also provided impetus for Gerhard Richter to devote himself consistently to this genre.

Nevertheless, Richter’s landscapes are also critical reflections on the lost potentials of painting and on the interfaces between it and photography. In addition, the landscape led Gerhard Richter in the 1960s and 1970s to develop his abstract painting in the form of mountain and park pictures, and, since the 1980s, towards the overpainting of his paintings and photographs. The exhibition in the Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien will include around a hundred exhibits, spanning an arc that starts out from the paintings and covers printed graphics, drawings, photographs and artists’ books, also three-dimensional superimpositions.

Curators: Hubertus Butin (freelance curator, Berlin) & Lisa Ortner-Kreil (Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien)     

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