Gerhard Richter. Birkenau-Paintings, Drawings, Overpainted Photographs

Dec 18, 2021 — Apr 24, 2022

Tickets

  • Grey Mirror (4 pieces), 2019 (WV 955) – 228 x 915 cm, Installation view of the exhibition Gerhard Richter: Painting After All (detail), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, March 2020. Photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

In his work spanning six decades, Gerhard Richter (b. 1932) has, on numerous occasions, engaged with the vexed subject of the Holocaust and how Nazi atrocities can, if at all, be depicted. It wasn’t until his Birkenau-Paintings, made in 2014, that Richter found an angle on and a form for this troublesome subject matter. The work is based on four photographs that were secretly taken by prisoners, at great personal risk, in the Auschwitz/Birkenau concentration camp.

Richter initially transferred the photographs onto canvases, enlarging the scale. When the results did not meet his expectations, he began to paint over them until the figuration ultimately disappeared.

These four abstract paintings are shown together with four grey mirrors hanging opposite the paintings and the prints of the four photos from the concentration camp in an installation characterised by reflections, references and relationships. Richter asks fundamental questions about the possibilities and limits of painting and representation. He thereby creates a space for reflection and memory.

The exhibitions in the Bel Etage are supported by the Sparda Bank West Foundation for Art, Culture and Society.

  • The exhibitions on the Bel Etage are supported by

  • Media partner

  • Supported by

Your Visit

Reaching us
K21
Ständehausstrasse 1
40217 Düsseldorf

Bus stop:
Graf-Adolf-Platz

Opening hours
Tuesday – Friday
10 am – 6 pm
Saturday, Sunday, public holiday
11 am – 6 pm

Visitor’s service
Registration and information
Tel +49 (0) 211 8381-204
service@kunstsammlung.de

Online tickets

Book tickets and free time slot tickets for our exhibitions online

shop.kunstsammlung.de