The Gerhard Richter Archive works on, with and for Gerhard Richter. It supports research and exhibition projects of third parties and realizes own projects.

Mann an einer Wand vor einem Fenster lehnend
© Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Foto: Oliver Killig
Dr. Dietmar Elger, Head of the Gerhard Richter Archive

The Gerhard Richter Archive

The Gerhard Richter Archive is intended as a centre for research and communication concerning the works of this artist and as such it collects and documents all books, catalogues, journals and articles, photographs, videos and CDs that are published about Gerhard Richter or contain relevant information and contributions about him and his artistic context. An important section of the Archive’s holdings contains unpublished writings and documents, correspondence and photographs. In addition, the Gerhard Richter Archive works both independently and in cooperation with other institutions to organise exhibitions and symposia, and it is also producing its own series of publications. The most important research project is the compilation and publication of an academic catalogue raisonné of all of Gerhard Richter’s paintings and sculptures, which will be richly illustrated and will include information about provenance, exhibitions and literature.


For the Albertinum, the artist is fitting out two exhibition rooms with his works. One room provides an overview of his work so far, including the 1964 painting “Portrait of Dr. Knobloch (41)”, which was purchased by the Gerhard Richter Archive, whilst in the other room new glass works created specifically for Dresden are presented.


All catalogues relating to solo exhibitions, monographs and doctoral theses concerning Gerhard Richter are held in the Archive. In addition, there are numerous exhibition publications, books and journals containing articles about the artist. In particular, the collection of early catalogues and articles from the 1960s and 1970s is practically exhaustive.

The Gerhard Richter Archive currently holds approximately 500 letters, manuscripts and other writings, most of which originate from the artist's studio and document, above all, Gerhard Richter’s relationships with his galleries and his Dresden friends in the 1960s and early 1970s.

The Archive holds approximately 12.000 exhibition reviews and press references dating from between 1962 and the present day. These provide insight into the development of the reception of Gerhard Richter’s oeuvre.

The photographic archive consists of 12.000 photos. Next to photos of his works, there are also portrait photos, photos of works in progress and of paintings which were later destroyed, views of his studio and photos documenting exhibitions, as well as preparatory photos for later paintings of the artist.

The Gerhard Richter Archive holds approximately 600 posters, invitation cards and flyers relating to exhibitions by the artist from the early 1960s onwards.

Meanwhile, the Archive has collected 250 media carriers that contain exhibition reports and detailed film portraits about Gerhard Richter.

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