Monday, 22 August 2011

Gerhard Richter: Panorama, Tate Modern, London

Gerhard Richter, 'Abstrakt bild 894-7', 2005 (this painting may be in the show)
An exhibition of Gerhard Richter's paintings is taking place next month at Tate Modern, London from 6th October-8th January 2012. Spanning nearly five decades and coinciding with the artist’s 80th birthday. ''Gerhard Richter: Panorama' is major chronological retrospective that groups together significant moments of this painter’s career. It includes portraits based on photographs such as the famous 'Betty' 1988, abstractions, subtle landscapes, colour charts, works on paper, mirrors and three important glass constructions.

Richter was one of the first German artists to reflect on the history of National Socialism, creating paintings of family members who had been members, as well as victims of, the Nazis, as well as canvases reminiscent of images of the bombing of Dresden. In 1988 he produced the 15-part work 'October 18' 1977, a sequence of black and white paintings based on images of the Baader Meinhof group. Richter has continued to respond to significant moments in history; the final room of the exhibition includes September 2005, a painting of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York in 2001.
Alongside works responding to historical events, the show presents many of Richter’s most ambitious abstract paintings from his 1974 colour chart containing 4096 different coloured squares, to his 20-metre long 'Stroke' of 1980, presented for the first time outside Germany, to the magisterial and richly coloured 'Forest' squeegee paintings of 1990 and culminating in the hauntingly beautiful six-part series 'Cage' from 2006 on long loan to Tate.' Gerhard Richter: Panorama is curated by God himself, Tate Director Nicholas Serota and Mark Godfrey.


  1. Bonjour David, la toile que vous présentez ici de Gerhard Richter illustre parfaitement le peintre, il va au plus loin, funambule, jusqu'aux extrêmes limites du laid et du beau, à ne plus savoir ce qui est laid et ce qui est beau, il dit ainsi comme Bossuet : qu'un corps parfait est fait d'imperfections. Il y a de la magie dans sa peinture, elle vit.

  2. I agree, Thige and also he makes it look so easy! the photos of him with his squeegee pulling/pushing the paint across the surface, yet there are many layers and nuances beneath..true genius..