work with photography
Working with photography is an essential aspect of his practice, as photographs often serve as the basis for his paintings. It also happens that he photographs or digitizes his own works and processes these images further, as for example in the series of overpainted photographs or the strips, 2011-2015. The decision to show the original sketches together with their unaltered images corresponds to a typical approach of Richter and places them in a mutual relationship.
In addition to other important paintings and objects, the Fondation Beyeler collection includes Richter’s large-format, abstract painting “Lot”, 1988, which is part of a four-part cycle and formed the starting point for the 2014 exhibition.
The Fondation Beyeler regularly furnishes Richter rooms, such as in 2015, when the artist showed the Birkenau series, 2014. In the current presentation of the collection “Passages – Landscape, Figure and Abstraction”, the Fondation Beyeler is presenting works from the late 1960s to current works on the occasion of the artist’s 90th birthday, including important loans from the Daros Collection and from private collections that are on impressive way of showing the artistic interplay of figuration and abstraction.
Gerhard Richter was born in Dresden in 1932. He studied at the Dresden Art Academy and later at the Düsseldorf Art Academy. In 1972 he exhibited in the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale and at the Documenta in Kassel, where he was also represented in 1977, 1982, 1992 and 1997. Numerous solo exhibitions in the most renowned museums in the world followed. The new presentation of Richter’s works was conceived by the artist. It was realized with the support of Sam Keller, Director of the Fondation, and Michiko Kono, Associate Curator of the Fondation Beyeler.
An artist’s book entitled “mood” with short texts by Gerhard Richter was published at the same time by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz König, Cologne.