Artist Rooms: Gerhard Richter, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery

Artist Rooms:

Gerhard Richter, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery

26 September to 16 January 2016

Gerhard Richter, born in Dresden, Germany in 1932, is considered to be one of the pioneers of the new European painting movement, which emerged during the second half of the 20th century. Richter has produced a variety of work, including photographs and glass work, although he is better known for producing abstract paintings and photorealistic paintings. He follows the ethos of both Picasso and Jean Arp in refusing to have a single cohesive style, making him a more accessible artist.

This exhibition examines the breadth and depth of the work of Gerhard Richter demonstrating that he is one the world’s most significant living artists. It includes one of four existing photographic sets which are based on a series of original paintings by Richter. The exhibition demonstrates his diverse practice, from abstract to portrait painting, photography and prints.

The exhibition was developed with a learning programme to support students from both Plymouth College of Art and Plymouth University. The students were involved in both the curation and development of audio guides to accompany the exhibition. #richterplymouth

Many special events were organised in relation to the exhibition, including a screening of Corinna Belz’s 2011 interview with Gerhard Richter and lunchtime talks, Though the stand out event was the mesmerising dance performance by Jane Castree. Her dance, which was choreographed by Charlotte Eatock, is a response Richter’s artwork and was a perfect complement to the exhibition: the soundtrack was produced specially for the occasion.

The work on display has been taken from ARTIST ROOMS, an inspirational collection acquired by Tate and The National Gallery Scotland.

Donna Gundry, Plymouth College of Art