Gerhard Richter – Artists’ books
Neue Nationalgalerie – February 10 to May 29, 2022 Berlin (Germany)
On the occasion of Gerhard Richter’s 90th birthday. The Kunstbibliothek (art library) of the Neue Nationalgalerie is organizing for the first time a major retrospective exhibition of the books of its artist. The books, for which Richter constantly drew on his own imagery. Then experimented with abstract processes. Indispensable to understand his work and the image he has of himself as an artist. With works from the Kunstbibliothek, the Nationalgalerie and the Kupferstichkabinett. As well as loans from the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (State Art Collections). From the Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz König, Cologne, the exhibition offers a unique insight into the inner world of the artist.
First artist’s book.
Gerhard Richter (born February 9, 1932 in Dresden) is one of the world’s best known and most successful contemporary artists. For decades his art has fascinated many people with his pictorial methods. Its intelligent subject matter and its constant changes in working methods. From the first blurred gray images based on photographs to colorful abstract paintings. Richter’s first artist’s book was produced in 1966 in collaboration with Sigmar Polke. Since then, books have become essential to understanding his works and self-image as an artist.
Prints and drawings.
The exhibition in the Graphic Gallery of the Neue Nationalgalerie, Richter’s artist books are presented together with prints from the Kupferstichkabinett and complemented by the large abstract painting studio from the collection of the Nationalgalerie. A paradigmatic work of his work. The Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz König, which published almost all of Gerhard Richter’s artist books, has provided many publications that can be leafed through, discovered and read. Valuable special and limited editions. Preliminary drawings and letters from the Gerhard Richter archive of Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden complete the special exhibition.
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