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Gerhard Richter | Artistas | Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa

For the past four decades, Gerhard Richter (Dresden, Germany, 1932) has been considered as one of the most influential artists of our time. Moreover, he earned this recognition without adhering to a single particular style. His vast and variegated work includes sculptures and paintings, and his work in the latter covers a wide scope―from landscapes to abstractions in multiple colors or just shades of grey. The way in which the artist plays with painting conventions reflects his interest in observation itself and the models of perception we rely on to conceptualize the world around us.

1932

Born on February 9.

1951-56

Studies at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Dresden. Paints a mural in the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum in Dresden as his final project before graduation.

1961

After a trip to Moscow, leaves East Germany to settle in Düsseldorf. Enrolls at the Staatliche Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, where he will study under Karl Otto Götz until 1963 and meet Sigmar Polke, Blinky Palermo, and Konrad Fischer (also known as Konrad Lueg).

1962

Creates his first photograph-based paintings.

1963

Holds a solo exhibition at Möbelhaus Berges in Düsseldorf.

1964

Holds his a solo exhibition, at Schmela Gallery in Düsseldorf.

1965

Creates his first etching, Hund, in an edition of eight.

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