Daniel Richter
 
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Daniel Richter is without a doubt one of the most important German artists of his generation. In the 1990s, he studied at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts with Werner Büttner and worked as an assistant to Albert Oehlen – both representative of the “Junge Wilde” (“Wild Youth”) movement in the 1980s that propagated a return to painting.

Richter started out painting only abstract images. Since the turn of the millennium, however, he has increasingly devoted his attention to figurative subjects. His aesthetic influences and themes are diverse. His paintings often reflect current events, mixing expressive and informative elements. Narrative yet mysterious, his images are at times reminiscent of Edvard Munch or Francis Bacon, yet belong unmistakeably to the here and now. Richter translates contemporary images from the media into compositions full of allegory and charged with a brooding tension. His paintings can be interpreted as tributes to historical paintings that bring the genre into the present while simultaneously deconstructing it.

Much like his monumental paintings, Richter’s lithographs impress with a seamless blend of representation and abstraction. The schematic depiction of the figures and the scene’s tension create a dream-like atmosphere in which ambiguity leaves plenty of room for association.

The thermal aesthetic so often associated with Daniel Richter’s work is particularly prominent in “Kashmir”, in which shadowy human figures in deep red hues – perhaps soldiers armed with guns – cross a landscape. They are outlined in yellow, creating an effect that is reminiscent of images shot with an infrared camera.

It is these dramatic scenes positioned somewhere between dream, myth, and reality that make Richter’s artistic approach so unmistakeable. Loaded with political meaning in their titles and subjects, his images are so diffuse and enigmatic that they defy linear interpretation and instead stimulate the viewers’ imaginations with their ambiguity. His pieces are able to unsettle us, though we cannot rationally understand why. The artist plays with the images the media puts inside our heads; we think we recognize something familiar, but it is distorted and strange – the very definition of “the uncanny” in the Freudian sense.

Daniela Kummle
1962Born in Lütjenburg, Germany
1991-1995Studied Art under Professor Werner Büttner at the Universtiy of Fine Arts of Hamburg, Germany
Worked as an Assistant to Albert Oehlen
2004-2006Professor of Painting Berlin University of the Arts, Germany
2006-PresentProfessor at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria
Lives and works in Berlin, Hamburg and Vienna


Awards (Selection)

2009Finkenwerder Art Award, Hamburg
2001Förderpreis for Young Art, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
1998Otto Dix Award Winner, Gera, Germany


Collections (Selection)

Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt, Germany
MoMA, New York City, USA
Collection of the German Republic, Munich, Germany
Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel Germany
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
The Olbricht Collection, Berlin, Germany
The Falckenberg Collection, Hamburg, Germany
Friedrich Christian Flick Collection, Berlin, Germany
Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Germany
Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Germany


Solo Exhibitions (Selection)

2014Daniel Richter, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, Austria
2013Daniel Richter – Mamillen, Spandrillen, Ronald, Kunstverein Augsburg, Germany
2013Daniel Richter – 6 Neue Bilder, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany
2010Daniel Richter – Das große Welttheater, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria
2009Daniel Richter, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg, Austria
2008Die Idealisten, David Zwirner, New York City, USA
2007Daniel Richter, GEM – Museum for Contemporary Art, The Hague, Netherlands
2007Daniel Richter, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany
2006Daniel Richter, Museum für Gegenwartskunst – Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation, Basel, Switzerland
2004Daniel Richter – The Morning After, David Zwirner, New York City, USA
2003Daniel Richter – Hirn, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Germany
2001Daniel Richter – Billard um Halbzehn, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Germany


Group Exhibitions (Selection)

2014Unendlicher Spaß, Kunsthalle Schirn, Frankfurt, Germany
2013Landschaft nach 2000, Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche, Osnabrück, Germany
2013Nightfall – New Tendencies in Figurative Painting, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic
2012Galerie Utopia/ The Forgotten Bar Project: The Garden of Eden, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
2012Pink Caviar, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark
2012Artandpress, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany
2011HALLELUHWAH! – Hommage à CAN, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
2011Unter Helden – Vor-Bilder in der Gegenwartskunst, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany
2010Pop Life: Art in a Material World, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
2009Pop Life: Art in a Material World, Tate Modern, London, UK
2009Die Kunst ist super! Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany
2008Wir nennen es Hamburg – Interdisziplinäres Kunstfestival, Hamburger Kunstverein, Germany
2008Vertrautes Terrain – Aktuelle Kunst in und über Deutschland, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
2008Konstellationen III, Städel Museum, Frankfurt, Germany
2007Rockers Island – Olbricht Collection, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
2006Berlin-Tokyo/Tokyo-Berlin, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
2006The Triumph of Painting – Part 4, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
2004Aktuelle Malerei – Heisskalt – Sammlung Scharpff, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Germany
2003Berlin-Moskau/Moskau-Berlin 1950 – 2000, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
2000Tal R und Daniel Richter, Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen, Germany
1999German Open 1999 – Gegenwartskunst in Deutschland, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany


Books/Catalogs (Selection)

Daniel Richter: Die Palette 1995 – 2007. Hamburger Kunsthalle (pub.), Cologne 2007.
Daniel Richter: Huntergrund. Daniel Richter et al., Ostfildern 2006.
Daniel Richter, Hirn. Daniel Richter et al., Ostfildern 2003.
Daniel Richter: Grünspan. Daniel Richter, Julia Heynen, Bielefeld 2003.
Daniel Richter: Billard um halbzehn. Beate Ermacora, Hans G. Baumann, Kiel 2001.


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