Gerhard Richter: New paintings unveiled at the Ludwig Museum


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


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