An extensive exhibition of works by Gerhard Richter, one of the worlds most highly regarded and influential artists, opened exclusively at Brisbanes Gallery of Modern Art
Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Gerhard Richter: The Life of Images exhibition further cements GOMAs excellent international reputation.
Im thrilled an exhibition of this calibre has been developed and presented here in Queensland its a first in Australia and further reinforces GOMAs place as a leading contemporary art museum showcasing the best of global art on our doorstep, the Premier said.
Deputy Premier and Member for South Brisbane Jackie Trad, who today attended a special preview of the exhibition, said visitors to GOMA will treasure this once-in-a lifetime opportunity.
Excitingly, this exhibition was curated locally by Dr Rosemary Hawker, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, Griffith University and Geraldine Kirrihi Barlow, Curatorial Manager, International Art, QAGOMA with input from Gerhard Richter himself, Ms Trad said.
GOMA has already had a blockbuster year with the record-breaking Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe exhibition. Im sure this world-exclusive exhibition will be just as warmly embraced by locals and visitors alike.
This is an incredible opportunity to see the first major exhibition of Gerhard Richters work in Australia, right here in my community of South Brisbane.
Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Director, Chris Saines said Gerhard Richter: The Life of Images featured intimate family portraits, large-scale abstracts and tapestries, exquisite landscapes, a new and extensive overview of the artists life-long archival project Atlas, and the major four-part abstract series, Birkenau 2014.
In addition to key works from the artists personal collection, and pre-eminent public collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; TATE, London; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; SFMOMA, San Francisco; and Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden, it features loans from numerous private collections in Europe and the USA, Mr Saines said.
The exhibition reveals the scope of Gerhard Richters extraordinary output across six decades and captures the breadth and technical virtuosity of a creative practice operating between the twin poles of realism and abstraction.
Audiences will see Richters responses to some of modern historys pivotal events such as World War Two, the horror of the Holocaust and the creation of a divided post-war Germany, all of which coincided with the rapid ascendancy of the mechanically reproduced image.
Through the artworks we encounter Richters endless variation of technique and inventiveness as a painter.