TEHRAN, June 19 (MNA) -- Works by the German artist Gerhard Richter will be reviewed by German critics Dietmar Elger and Gerhard Arens during sessions running June 21 to 22 at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art.

A total of 26 works from different periods of Richter’s life including his figurative and abstract paintings have been on display at the museum since May 11. The exhibition continues until July 2.


Elger, the curator of the Hanover Museum of Modern Art, will discuss Richter’s photo-painting style works on June 21.


Elger authored the book “Gerhard Richter: Florence”, presenting the artist’s work done between November 1999 and March 2000 when Richter produced over 100 printed photographs predominantly using shots taken in Florence.


Born in 1932, Richter studied art at the Dresden Kunstakademie. Richter’s first solo show was held at the M?belhaus Berges in Düsseldorf in 1963. Here the artist introduced his photo-painting style, in which he employs his own photographs of landscapes, portraits, and still-life as a basis for his paintings.


One of the most highly influential art figures over the last three decades, Richter’s works are displayed in museums and galleries all across the world.


Richter says, “I was surprised by the photography which we all use so massively everyday. Suddenly I saw it in a new way as a picture that offered me a new view, free of all the conventional criteria I had always associated with art… for the first time there was nothing to it. It was pure picture. That’s why I wanted to have it, to show it -- not to use it as a means to painting but use painting as a means to photography.”


Gerhard Arens will deliver his lecture on June 22. 






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