The art of Gerhard Richter has finally returned home.
The ‘Panorama’ exhibition at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin looks back at over five decades of Richter’s work, following a successful exhibition at the Tate Modern in London.
Standing in front of Richter’s ’4900 colours’ — which spans a whole wall of the gallery — the curator of the exhibition, Dorothee Brill, explained why Richter is so loved by both art critics and the public.
“You can enjoy the pictures in many different ways. It is possible to enjoy them in a simply passionate way, without the theoretical framework. But, if you want you can also go ahead and analyse the theory behind the paintings,” she said.
Richter is one of the most important artists in the world. Notoriously media-shy he rarely gives interviews and very seldom makes public appearances.
But at the exhibition opening just two days after his 80th birthday, he agreed to take a few questions from journalists.
“It is a wonderful exhibition. A bit expensive maybe, when you hear how much it cost, to build the walls and so on. It is a little bit embarrassing when you find out how much it cost,” he said.
In his homeland Germany, where he still lives and works, he is nothing less than artistic royalty.
“To be neglected would in any case be far worse,” he chuckled.
Richter has enjoyed a surge in popularity over the last few years with prices for his paintings increasing by more than 300 percent over the last four years. This is far above the average increase in prices according to Art Market Research that follows art prices worldwide.
You will have to hurry to catch ‘Panorama’ as the show runs until March 13.