Der Künstler Gerhard Richter vor einem seiner Werke
© Gerhard Richter 2021 (0165/2021), Foto: David Pinzer, SKD

Gerhard Richter

Portraits. Glass. Abstracts

In honor of Gerhard Richter’s 90th birthday, the Gerhard Richter Archive is presenting the exhibition Gerhard Richter: Portraits. Glass. Abstracts in the Albertinum. The show is the result of close cooperation with the artist, who has selected 40 pieces for this special occasion. Most of the work comes from his own collection and the Gerhard Richter Kunststiftung, complemented by important loans from museums and private collections.

  • DATES 05/02/2022—01/05/2022


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Gerhard Richter. Portraits. Glas. Abstraktionen | Albertinum 05.02.—01.05.2022 | Trailer

Die Ausstellung

The exhibition focuses on the themes named in the title, to each of which Richter has dedicated one of three rooms in the Albertinum. The small-format Self-portrait (836-1) from 1996 serves as the leitmotif, while images of the artists family form the core of the selection.

For the room featuring abstracts, Gerhard Richter chose examples from recent years, among them Abstract Painting (952-4). This piece from 2017 signaled the official completion of his work as a painter.

The glass and mirrors in the third exhibition room, with their transparency and reflections, produce new, unlimited images from moment to moment. As early as 1986, Richter favored the term “image maker” over “painter” to describe his activities, since his interest lies first and foremost in images.

Selbstportrait des Künstlers Gerhard Richter
© Gerhard Richter 2021 (0165/2021); The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder and committee on Painting and Sculpture Funds, 1996
Gerhard Richter, Selbstportrait (836-1), 1996 Öl auf Leinwand, 51 x 46 cm


Gerhard Richter was born on February 9, 1932 in Dresden and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in his home city from1951–1956. In 1961, he began a second program at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. From 1971 to1994, Richter taught there as professor of painting. Since 1983, Gerhard Richter has lived in Cologne. The Gerhard Richter Archive of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden was founded in 2006.



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