29.8.2020 – 29.11.2020
The Gerhard Richter Archive and Albertinum in Dresden have partnered to present an exhibition of Gerhard Richter’s early works, called ‘Gerd Richter 1961/62’. The show is a unique opportunity to explore the few surviving works of art from Richter’s early career in the West. The exhibition was curated by the Gerhard Richter Archive’s director Dr Dietmar Elgar.
Richter, one of the most prominent contemporary living artists, was born in Dresden in 1932. In 1961, just two months prior to the building of the Berlin Wall, Richter defected with his wife to West Germany. Following his arrival, he enrolled at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. It was there that he was able to turn away from the constraints of the cultural climate in the GDR and begin his exploration of abstraction and experimental art.
The Early Years
Little is known of Richter’s early work as he purged by fire the art predating his official numbered catalog. Only five works are known to have survived the pyre. The exhibition of these five works gives an important insight into Richter’s early development as an artist and permits us an insight into the heretofore little-known period in Richter’s artistic journey. ‘Gerd 1961/62’ presents works by the artist, then known as Gerd Richter, that oscillate from abstract to figurative and foreshadow his future development along side archival material of the period.
On Loan From Igal Ahouvi Art Collection
Igal Ahouvi Art Collection is always appreciative of the opportunity to share works with the wider public. The collection is proud to lend one of the five known surviving pieces for the exhibition. The artwork on loan is a representational piece, Untitled (Ema’s blouse), 1962. This evocative work, a dyed shirt cast in plaster in a wood frame, can be viewed within the context of his other early works, which show the artist’s liberation from the figurative pictorial language of Dresden.
The exhibition will run from 29.08.2020 – 29.11.2020.
For further details: https://gerhard-richter-archiv.skd.museum/en/exhibitions/gerd-richter-196162/