Gerhard Richter: Abstraction

30. June – 21. Oct 2018

In this exhibition the Museum Barberini explored the abstract strategies and techniques in the work of Gerhard Richter—from the early 1960s to new works that were presented here for the first time. 

The work of Gerhard Richter has been celebrated in a string of major retrospectives, including a solo show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2002. In 2011, theTate Modern in London, the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris mounted an exhibition that took a broad look at Richter’s entire oeuvre, entitled Panorama. Similar to these exhibitions, Gerhard Richter: Abstraction also traced a broad arc from the 1960s to the artist’s recent works. The exhibition at the Museum Barberini concentrated for the first time upon a central theme in Richter’s painting: the abstract strategies and techniques employed in the artist’s oeuvre.


“Abstraction runs like a golden thread through Richter’s painting. By integrating chance in a calculated way, Richter revokes the conscious control of the painting process. He avoids creative pathos and meanings that lie outside of art, and the pictures come across on their own.”

Ortrud Westheider, Director, Museum Barberini
 Gerhard Richter

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