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17.02.2011

 

A double serving of Gerhard Richter - Hamburg presents early works and the joy of blur in two exhibitions

Gerhard Richter enjoys a two-fold presence in Hamburg. A year before his 80th birthday, the artist’s early work is the subject and inspiration of two exhibitions.

With 'Bilder einer Epoche' (images of an era), the Bucerius Forum presents the formative works of his early years, meanwhile 'Unscharf Nach Gerhard Richter' (out of focus after Gerhard Richter) at the Hamburger Kunsthalle discusses the wide impact his works had on other artists. Both exhibitions, it seems, are concerned with focusing on the concept of blurriness.

Before his escape from the GDR in 1961, he destroyed almost all of his works and this is how he reinvented himself and his art in West Germany. 35 of the world famous paintings have been brought together, loaned by museums and private collections from all over the world, rejuvenating the space of the Bucerius Kunstforum.

The exhibition features the typical Gaussian blur pictures, which were created between 1962 and 1967, as well as the '18th October 1977' cycle. The exhibition closes on the 15th of May.

Gerhard Richter – Bilder einer Epoche
Until the 15th of May 2011

Bucerius Kunst Forum
Rathausmarkt 2
20095 Hamburg

Richter’s blurry visual aesthetic and the precise wipe technique made him the vanguard of a whole generation. The Hamburger Kunsthalle is exhibiting over 80 works by young artists, which have incorporated the concept of blurriness into their fine art, photography, installations and videos.

Artists exhibited include: Pablo Alonso, David Armstrong, Anna und Bernhard Blume, Michael Engler, Adam Jankowski, Tamara K.E., Wolfgang Kessler, Karin Kneffel, Peter Loewy, Marc Lüders, Ralf Peters, Qiu Shihua, Gerhard Richter, Ugo Rondinone, Johanna Smiatek, Thomas Steffl, Franziskus Wendels, Michael Wesely and Paul Winstanley.

A catalogue published by Hatje Cantz Verlag accompanies the exhibition, which will run until the 22nd of May 2011.

Unscharf. Nach Gerhard Richter
Until 22 May 2011-02-15
Hamburger Kunsthalle
Glockengießerwall
20095 Hamburg

Gerhard Richter at Bucerius Kunstforum

Gerhard Richter at Bucerius Kunstforum

Gerhard Richter at Bucerius Kunstforum

Gerhard Richter at Bucerius Kunstforum

Gerhard Richter at Bucerius Kunstforum

Gerhard Richter at Bucerius Kunstforum

Gerhard Richter at Bucerius Kunstforum

Gerhard Richter at Bucerius Kunstforum

Gerhard Richter at Bucerius Kunstforum

Gerhard Richter at Bucerius Kunstforum

Gerhard Richter at Bucerius Kunstforum

Gerhard Richter at Bucerius Kunstforum

Gerhard Richter at Bucerius Kunstforum

Gerhard Richter at Bucerius Kunstforum

Gerhard Richter at Bucerius Kunstforum

Gerhard Richter at Bucerius Kunstforum

Out of focus. After Gerhard Richter at Kunsthalle Hamburg

Out of focus. After Gerhard Richter at Kunsthalle Hamburg

Out of focus. After Gerhard Richter at Kunsthalle Hamburg

Out of focus. After Gerhard Richter at Kunsthalle Hamburg

Out of focus. After Gerhard Richter at Kunsthalle Hamburg

Out of focus. After Gerhard Richter at Kunsthalle Hamburg

Out of focus. After Gerhard Richter at Kunsthalle Hamburg

Out of focus. After Gerhard Richter at Kunsthalle Hamburg

Out of focus. After Gerhard Richter at Kunsthalle Hamburg

Out of focus. After Gerhard Richter at Kunsthalle Hamburg

Out of focus. After Gerhard Richter at Kunsthalle Hamburg

Out of focus. After Gerhard Richter at Kunsthalle Hamburg

Out of focus. After Gerhard Richter at Kunsthalle Hamburg

Out of focus. After Gerhard Richter at Kunsthalle Hamburg

Out of focus. After Gerhard Richter at Kunsthalle Hamburg

Out of focus. After Gerhard Richter at Kunsthalle Hamburg