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June 24, 2017

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Gerhard Richter: "About painting - early works"


Kunstmuseum Bonn, 15 June to 1 October 2017

Gerhard Richter´s work transcends the historic separation of abstract and figurative painting. His works neither cultivate a complacent game of Colors and forms nor do they create an unbroken Image of reality. The painting skeptic even questions the figurative when reality and its facts are the subjects of his works. This is especially the case with his door, curtain and window paintings of the 1960s that form the exhibition´s core. Although they quote the revealing characteristics of figurative art that shows us reality, at the same time they deny us access to this reality with a pictorial space lacking any illusionistic depth. His curtain paintings may serve as an example here, as they ostentatiously withdraw themselves from showcasing the world of the figurative: The curtain has fallen.

The exhibition, which takes place in the year of Gerhard Richter´s 85th birthday, will include about 25 works with a limited range of motives that in their entirety define the discourse on the Picture that is the base of Richter´s work. After its presentation in Bonn, the exhibition will be on Display at S.M.A.K. in Ghent (21 October 2017 - 18 February 2018)

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