Information and Opinions

Exhibitions and events, as well as our perspective on the market

12 Questions about the Gerhard Richter Art Foundation

9. June 2023
Emma Nilsson

On the occasion of the exhibition on Gerhard Richter’s long-term loan to the Neue Nationalgalerie titled “100 Works for Berlin,” we had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Dietmar Elger, the director of the Gerhard Richter Archive. In his insightful explanations regarding our questions about the Gerhard Richter Art Foundation, ranging from its establishment and mission to its future tasks, he conveys the significance of the foundation in the contemporary art landscape and enables a better understanding of its role and impact.

 

1. Where is the foundation based?

Dietmar Elger (DE): The Gerhard Richter Art Foundation is based in Cologne.

 

2. Who was the driving force behind it?

DE: Gerhard Richter had already been thinking about the future of his works for several years. What finally decided the matter was the four-part cycle of “Birkenau” paintings. Richter absolutely did not want to sell these works, and in establishing the foundation he also wanted to stop galleries from repeatedly approaching him with offers. The foundation makes it clear that these paintings, as well as all other works in its collection, are not available to the art market.

 

3. How is the foundation structured? Who manages it, for example?

DE: The foundation does not have a large apparatus. It is managed by Sabine Moritz-Richter as its chairman. However, Mr Richter is involved in all questions and decisions of the foundation.

 

4. Do you work for the foundation?

DE: No.

 

5. What is the foundation’s mission statement?

DE: I do not know the exact wording of the foundation’s mission. However, it is formulated very openly, so that the foundation does not limit itself in its work.

 

6. Are there any plans to merge the Gerhard Richter Archive and the Gerhard Richter Art Foundation?

DE: No, the Gerhard Richter Archive is firmly integrated into the Dresden State Art Collections as one of fifteen institutions. For the Foundation, relinquishing its freedom in this way would make no sense.

 

7. What is the Foundation’s relationship to the Gerhard Richter Archive in Dresden?

DE: The Foundation and the Archive work closely together, just as we work closely with the artist’s studio.

 

8. Are works being acquired deliberately for the Foundation on the art market in order to cover all artistic periods?

DE: No, that has not happened – at least not yet. And there are no plans to make such new additions to the foundation’s holdings.

 

9. Who selected the works for the Foundation?

DE: Gerhard Richter made the selection from the works that belonged to him personally, although the initial selection changed over the years before the foundation was established.

 

10. Is anything known about the future place in the yet-to-be-built museum in Berlin? Will all the works always be on display or is there an exhibition concept?

DE: I don’t know the architectural plans for the new museum, but Richter will occupy one of the four so-called anchor rooms, which are to be reserved for four central figures. Not all of the works will be on permanent display. Some of them will also be loaned frequently for international exhibitions. It is also the intention of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation place Richter’s paintings in a dialogue with works by other artists.

 

11. Is the loan agreement with the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, its museums in Berlin and the other museums for a fixed period?

DE: The loan agreement with Berlin and the other places where works from the Foundation are exhibited, i.e. in Dresden, London or Tilburg, is fixed-term, as usual, but would be extended in consultation with the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

 

12. Will the number of works for the foundation still increase or is the number now set?

DE: Gerhard Richter continues to be very active, even if he no longer produces paintings. He will certainly hand over a collection of drawings, which he has been working on intensively for several years, to the foundation at some point.

 

 

The Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin is currently hosting the exhibition “Gerhard Richter. 100 Works for Berlin”, which shows works from the collection of the Gerhard Richter Art Foundation.

Visiting a relative: Hans Josephsohn in Ticino

20. July 2021
Emma Nilsson Museum buildings that represent a collaboration between artist and architect are very rare. The idea for La Congiunta was born out of the close relationship between sculptor Hans Josephsohn and architect Peter Märkli. According to legend, they had been talking.. View Article

Café Deutschland – more than a coffee-table book

20. February 2019
Alex Buck Café Deutschland is an extraordinary book. The format alone is astonishing: the reader is faced with almost 2,000 pages. That’s the kind of scale that can paralyse rather than intrigue, but once you get past its formidable size, you’ll find.. View Article

Titian/Gerhard Richter at Palazzo Te in Mantua

7. December 2018
Carina Krause “Why are other paintings hanging next to these Titian masterpieces?” wonders a visitor out loud. “Isn’t the work of Titian good enough? Don’t you think that other artist is too confident presenting his work next to this masterpiece?” “That other.. View Article

Gerhard Richter at Museum Barberini, Potsdam

9. July 2018
Carina Krause “Abstraction is Gerhard Richter’s big theme,” says Ortrud Westheider, director of Museum Barberini in Potsdam, which means this retrospective, which deals exclusively with this part of his oeuvre, is long overdue. The result is one of the most exciting exhibitions.. View Article

Georg Baselitz at Fondation Beyeler, Riehen

6. February 2018
Carina Krause The first work encountered by visitors to the Baselitz exhibition at Fondation Beyeler in Riehen is a large-scale Dystopisches Paar (Dystopian Couple, 2015). In an echo of Otto Dix’s Die Eltern des Künstlers (The Parents of the Artist, 1924), Baselitz.. View Article

Frankfurter Allgemeine Forum Art Conference 2017

6. December 2017
Carina Krause, English translation by Emma Sayers Der Kunstmarkt im Superkunstjahr 2017 (The Art Market in the Super Art Year 2017) was the name of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Forum Art Conference, which took place in Berlin a few days ago. Ten years have passed since the last.. View Article