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A taste of Gerhard Richter’s 60-year career

Gerhard Richter's work is diverse in theme and style. The exhibition at the Beyeler Fondation is the largest ever in Switzerland to be devoted to the German artist.

The exhibition, on until September 2014, encompasses major periods in his career, including recent works not yet seen in public.

In a career spanning 60 years, Richter’s work has ranged from photo-based paintings to abstract works, the latter of which feature colour to monochrome fields and digitally generated compositions.

Architectural context is important when it comes to his work, he says. “That is such a dream of mine – that the pictures will become an environment or become architecture.”

Born in Dresden in 1932, Richter escaped East Germany when he was 29, after studying at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts, where he learned mural painting. In 1964 he started his photo-based paintings and had his first solo exhibition. Since then, according to Artindex 2014, Gerhard Richter has accumulated the largest number of lifetime exhibitions (1,256).

The Beyeler show was put together by Swiss star curator Hans Ulrich Obrist.

(Images: Fondation Beyeler, Text: Jessica Dacey and Michèle Laird,

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