A new exhibition at the Cologne Ludwig Museum showcases the latest paintings from German artist Gerhard Richter.
Gerhard Richter is one of Germany’s most famous living artists and is well known for his diverse painting styles. To celebrate his eighty-fifth birthday, the Museum Ludwig is showing twenty-six of his latest abstract paintings for the first time. The new works, which were painted on canvases, were all created in 2016. The abstract paintings feature bright colors and detailed, multilayered compositions. The artist used a paintbrush, a palette knife, a squeegee, and a knife to create the new canvases which are made up of several layers of oil paint.
Alongside the exhibition, other Richter works from the Museum Ludwig’s collection will be on display, including pieces such as Ema (Nude on a Staircase) from 1966, 48 Portraits of German intellectual figures from 1971/72, the abstract painting War from 1981, and the glass work 11 Panes from 2003.
Just around the corner from the Ludwig Museum, you can see one of Richters most delightful works of art, free of charge and on permanent display. The Cathedral Window in the south transept of the Kölner Dom, consists of approximately 11,500 squares of glass in 72 colors, and was unveiled in 2007. Based on Richters 4096 Colours from 1974, the pixel-like patterns look amazing when the sun shines through them.
Gerhard Richter: New paintings
Until May 1st 2017
Museum Ludwig, Heinrich-Böll-Platz , 50667 Köln
Tel.: +49 221 221 26165