Dresden, Germany, 1932
Born on February 9.
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.
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).
Creates his first photograph-based paintings.
Holds a solo exhibition at Möbelhaus Berges in Düsseldorf.
Holds his a solo exhibition, at Schmela Gallery in Düsseldorf.
Creates his first etching, Hund, in an edition of eight.
Exhibits with Sigmar Polke at Galerie h in Hannover, Germany. Begins to paint his color charts series.
Works as a guest teacher at the Hochschule für bildende Künste in Hamburg. Receives the Kunstpreis Junger Westen from the city of Recklinghausen, Germany. Creates his first monochrome Graue Malereien.
Exhibits for the first time in New York, in Nine Young Artists, Theodoron Awards at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Begins to gather all the materials he has used in his paintings, such as photographs, postcards, newspaper clippings, and so on, assembling them into a work he calls Atlas . He will continue to add to Atlas over the years.
Richter’s graphic work is shown at the Museum Folkwang in Essen.
Begins to teach at the Staatliche Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, a position he will hold until 1994.
Exhibits his Forty-Eight Portraits , a series of paintings of intellectuals based on photographs from an encyclopedia, made last year at the Biennale di Venezia. Participates in Documenta 5 in Kassel, Germany. Exhibits Atlas at the Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst in Utrecht, The Netherlands, and at the Suermondt Museum, Aachen. Represents Germany at the XXXVI Biennale di Venezia.
Holds his first solo exhibition in New York, at Reinhard Onnasch Gallery.
The Städtisches Museum Abteiberg in Mönchen- gladbach, Germany, organizes an exhibition of Richter’s work.
Exhibits at the Kunstverein Braunschweig in Braun- schweig, Germany, and the Kunsthalle Bremen in Bremen, Germany.
Atlas is shown at the Museum Haus Lange in Krefeld, Germany.
The Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris presents an exhibition of Richter’s work. Takes up watercolors again and includes them in Atlas . Takes part in Documenta 6 in Kassel, Germany.
Invited to teach at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Canada. Exhibits recent work at the Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. The show will travel to the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London the following year.
Exhibits again at the Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven.
Receives the Arnold-Bode-Preis in Kassel. Richter’s work is featured in A New Spirit in Painting at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.
Takes part in Documenta 7 in Kassel, Germany. The Kunsthalle Bielefeld in Bielefeld, Germany, organizes a show of Richter’s work that will later travel to the Mannheimer Kunstverein in Mannheim, Germany.
Moves to Cologne.
Exhibits at the Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Industrie in Saint-Étienne, France.
Receives the Oskar-Kokoschka-Preis in Vienna.
The first retrospective of Richter’s work opens at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf and later travels to Berlin, Bern, and Vienna.
A selection of Richter’s notes are published for the first time on the occasion of the exhibition Gerhard Richter: Werken op papier 1983-1986, notities 1982-1986, at the Museum Overholland in Amsterdam.
A retrospective exhibition of Richter’s paintings is presented at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto and later travels to museums in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. Paints the 18. Oktober 1977 series, which portrays members of the Baader-Meinhof terrorist group. Receives the Kaiserring prize from the city of Goslar, Germany.
18. Oktober 1977 is exhibited at the Museum Haus Esters in Krefeld, Germany, and then travels to London, Frankfurt, New York, Los Angeles, and Boston.
Atlas is displayed at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne.
The Tate Gallery in London holds a retrospective exhibition of Richter’s work.
Participates in Documenta 9 in Kassel, Germany.
The Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris mounts an extensive retrospective exhibition of Richter’s work that later travels to the Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in Bonn, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid.
Exhibits at the Dia Center for the Arts in New York. Paints the S. mit Kind series. Receives the Wolf Prize from the Wolf Foundation.
Takes part in the XLVII Biennale di Venezia , where he wins the Leone d’Oro. Exhibits abstract paintings at Documenta 10 in Kassel, Germany. Receives the Praemium Imperiale from the Japan Art Association. Richter’s work is included in the inaugural exhibition of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, The Guggenheim Museums and the Art of This Century.
Receives the Wexner Prize from the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, which presents an exhibition of his work.
Exhibits at the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona.
Receives the Staatspreis from the state of Nordrhein- Westfalen.
Awarded an honorary doctorate of fine arts by the Université Catholique de Louvainla- Neuve in Belgium.
The Museum of Modern Art in New York holds a large- scale retrospective of Richter’s work that spans forty years of his career. The exhibition later travels to the Art Institute of Chicago, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Creates Acht Grau, commissioned by Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, where the work is shown.
The Galerie Neue Meister, Albertinum in Dresden opens three rooms dedicated to the artist’s work. Acht Grau is shown in the exhibition Gerhard Richter, Lawrence Weiner, Rachel Whiteread at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.
The exhibition Gerhard Richter: Image after Image is presented at the Louisiana Museum for Moderne Kunst in Humlebaek, Denmark. The Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf mounts an exhibition of Richter’s work that will later travel to several museums in Japan.
The National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul and the Museumsberg Flensburg in Flensburg, Germany, present exhibitions of Richter’s work. The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao presents Passages: Beuys, Darboven, Kiefer, Richter . Participates in the II Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo de Sevilla in Seville . The solo exhibition Survey travels to various venues in Russia.
Richter’s work is featured in the exhibition What Is Painting? Contemporary Art from the Collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Documenta 12 in Kassel, Germany, and the 52nd Biennale di Venezia. The Museum Ludwig in Cologne shows his work Stained Glass Window for the Cologne Cathedral and publishes a book based on this project.
The National Art Museum of China in Beijing presents an exhibition of the artist’s paintings from 1963 to 2007. The Städtisches Museum Schloß Morsbroich in Leverkusen, Germany, presents Gerhard Richter: Übermalte Fotografien , which includes more than five hundred works by the artist. The exhibition Gerhard Richter: Abstract Paintings is shown simultaneously at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne. Richter’s work is featured in the exhibition Here Is Every: Four Decades of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
A retrospective of the artist’s work, including sixty- three oil paintings and ninety works on paper, is shown at the Albertina in Vienna. The National Portrait Gallery in London exhibits portraits by the artist from the 1960s to the present. Richter’s work is featured in the exhibition Colour Chart: Reinventing Colour, 1950 to Today at Tate Liverpool.
The traveling exhibition Gerhard Richter. Sinopse was displayed at the Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales, Montevideo, the Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo, Buenos Aires, and Casa Andrade Muricy, Curitiba, Brazil. His work is also shown at the Tokyo gallery Wako Works of Art, The Drawing Center, New York, the New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester, UK, and the Kunstmuseum in Winterthur, Switzerland.
The Tate Modern, London, inaugurates a major exhibition called Gerhard Richter: Panorama. The exhibition Gerhard Richter. Sinopse travels to CAIXA Cultural, Brasilia, Brazil, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, and Museu de Arte do Rio Grande do Sul Ado Malagoli, Porto Alegre. His work is exhibited at Bucerius Kunst Forum, Hamburg, Germany, and The FLAG Art Foundation, New York.
The documentary Gerhard Richter Painting, directed by Corinna Belz, is released.
Richter’s works are shown across Europe. The retrospective Panorama, for instance, is on at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, while Dessins et aquarelles, 1957–2008 is on display at the Louvre in Paris.
His renowned work Atlas is shown at Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau in Dresden, Germany.
The exhibition Sinopsis travels across Latin America: Museo de la Ciudad in Quito, Ecuador; Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango – Banco de la República in Bogotá, Colombia; and MALI – Museo de Arte de Lima, in Peru.
The exhibition Gerhard Richter. Elbe, November und andere. Eine Präsentation im Rahmen der Sammlung is on at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany.
Gerhard Richter. Strips & Glass shows Richter’s glass paintings in a special exhibition at the Albertinum in Dresden, Germany, then travelling to Kunstmuseum Winterthur, in Switzerland.
An expanded Atlas-Mikromega is displayed at Kunstbau in Munich, Germany.
The travelling exhibition Gerhard Richter: Artist Rooms opens at Tate Modern in London and later other cities in the UK.
The major show Gerhard Richter: Pictures/Series, is held at Fondation Beyeler in Basel, Switzerland.
Another solo exhibition takes place at Neues Museum Nuremberg, in Germany.
Kunstmuseum Winterthur, in Switzerland, puts on Gerhard Richter. Streifen und Glas and From Elbe to November.
Recent works by Richter are shown at Marian Goodman Gallery in London.
Gerhard Richter: Painting opens at Wako Works of Art in Tokyo.
The exhibition Richter/Pärt is held at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester, UK, with choral music by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt.
Seascape (Seestück, 1998) is shown as part of the Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Collection exhibition.
His work is shown at Dominique Lévy Gallery in London; Galerie Schwarzer in Düsseldorf, Germany; and Hannah Hoffman Gallery in Los Angeles, USA.
His work 14 Panes of Glass for Toyoshima (dedicated to futility) is installed permanently in the Japanese island of Toyoshima.
Birkenau and other works are shown at the Museum Frieder Burda in Baden-Baden, Germany.
Solo exhibitions are held at Setareh Gallery in Düsseldorf, Germany, Marian Goodman Gallery in New York, and Galerie NOAH in Augsburg, Germany.
Major solo exhibitions are held to celebrate the artist’s 85th birthday at Národní galerie in Prague; the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany; Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany; S.M.A.K. – Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst in Ghent, Belgium; the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow; and the Espace Louis Vuitton Beijing.
His work is shown for the first time in Australia, at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane.
Is Awarded the European Culture Prize Taurus in Dresden, Germany.
The Museum Barberini in Potsdam, Germany, organizes the exhibition Gerhard Richter: Abstraction.
Early Works opens at the Museum Wiesbaden, in Germany.
Richter’s works are shown in art galleries across Germany: Galerie Bernd Lutze in Friedrichshafen and Mike Karstens Galerie in Münster.
An exhibition dedicated to Richter’s Seascapes opens at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.