Gerhard Richter: Panorama

Neue und Alte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany

12 February 2012 – 13 May 2012

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Stuhl im Profil
Chair in Profile

1965 90 cm x 70 cm Catalogue Raisonné: 98

Oil on canvas

The painting Chair in Profile depicts a simple wooden chair, viewed from one side; the chair back runs almost parallel to the left edge of the painting. The chair is positioned precisely within the image: the seat lies at the horizontal central plane and the distances between chair and the picture's edges are similar on every side. This results in an almost-square blank area in the image, enclosed by the chair back and seat. The light-coloured wall and dark floor in the background are reminiscent of Gerhard Richter's Kitchen Chair, from the same year [CR: 97]; in contrast to that work, the flat lighting of Chair in Profile creates a softer impression.

Richter here takes on an everyday motif, a chair, something which appears in two other paintings [CR: 97–99]. This particular chair in the painting Chair in Profile has another level of meaning, because it had already entered the art world as a work by Joseph Beuys: in conversation with Uwe M. Schneede, Gerhard Richter remarked that the painting was based on a photograph of Beuys' Fat Chair – a source image that is not included in Richter's Atlas.1

Richter here reuses Beuys' motif, but forgoes the addition Beuys had made to the chair: a wedge-shaped block of fat. In Richter's painting there is only the empty square space above the seat.

Joseph Beuys taught at Düsseldorf Academy since 1961, and was thus in Richter's immediate circle. Richter said of Beuys: "he still fascinates me as a person more than anyone else; that special aura of his is something I've never come across either before or since."2 However, Richter remained sceptical of Beuys' art: "When I first saw the work, I wasn't all that interested; it was too eccentric for me. I'm increasingly in favour of the official, the classic, the universal."3

The painting Chair in Profile gives the impression that Richter acted precisely in that sense. By using Beuys' chair, without the addition of the fat, as the subject of his painting, Richter restores its original state as an everyday object and its classical form – a form more consistent with Richter's own idea of art.

1 Uwe M. Schneede, Gerhard Richter's Images of an Era in: Gerhard Richter: Images of an Era, Hirmer Publishers, Munich, 2011, p.13/14.
2 Interview with Hans Ulrich Obrist, 1993 in: Gerhard Richter: Text. Writings, Interviews and Letters 1961–2007, Thames & Hudson, London, 2009, p.299.
3 Ibid.

Notes prepared by editorial team

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands



This artwork was shown in the following exhibitions:

This artwork is included in the following publications:

Title Author Date

Publisher

Distanz, Berlin (2014)

Details

Hardback, 207 pages

ISBN

9783954760619

Language

German

Category

Monographs

Notes

 

 

ArtworkMentioned: p. 29 

This monograph was published on the occasion of the following exhibition: Erika Kiffl - Von Ai Weiwei bis Gerhard Richter.

 

 

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Erika Kiffl. Fotografie 1964-2014 Bachér, Ingrid / Buschmann, Renate / Elger, Dietmar / Fleck, Robert / Jansen, Gregor / Lohe, Hans-Georg / Mattern, Jutta / Merten, Ulrike / Sondermann, Vanessa / Stecker, Raimund / Von Wiese, Stephan / Wismer, beat  2014

Publisher

Prestel, München (2012)

Details

Hardback, 305 pages

ISBN

9783791351896

Language

German

Category

Solo Exhibitions
ArtworkMentioned: p. 246 
Illustrated: p. 63 (colour) 

Exhibitions

Gerhard Richter. Panorama. Retrospektive Godfrey, Mark / Serota, Nicholas / Brill, Dorothée / Morineau, Camille / Borchardt-Hume, Achim / Dickson, Amy / Haidu, Rachel / Mehring, Christine  2012

Publisher

Édition du Centre Pompidou, Paris (2012)

Details

Hardback, 304 pages

ISBN

978284426574X

Language

French

Category

Solo Exhibitions
ArtworkMentioned: pp. 248, 296 
Illustrated: p. 63 (colour) 

Exhibitions

Gerhard Richter. Panorama. Rétrospective Godfrey, Mark / Serota, Nicholas / Brill, Dorothée / Morineau, Camille / Borchardt-Hume, Achim / Dickson, Amy / Haidu, Rachel / Mehring, Christine  2012

Publisher

Tate Publishing (2011)

Details

Softcover, 304 pages

ISBN

9781854379443

ISBN

9781854379450

Language

English

Category

Solo Exhibitions
ArtworkMentioned: pp. 248, 296 
Illustrated: p. 63 (colour) 

Exhibitions

Gerhard Richter. Panorama. A Retrospective Godfrey, Mark / Serota, Nicholas / Brill, Dorothée / Morineau, Camille / Borchardt-Hume, Achim / Dickson, Amy / Haidu, Rachel / Mehring, Christine  2011

Publisher

Hirmer Verlag, München (2011)

Details

Hardback, 214 pages

ISBN

9783777434513

Language

German

Category

Solo Exhibitions
ArtworkMentioned: pp. 13, 194 
Illustrated: p. 13 (colour) 

Exhibitions

Gerhard Richter. Bilder einer Epoche was published on the occasion of the exhibition at Bucerius Kunstforum in Hamburg in 2011. Both the exhibition and the catalogue focus on Richter’s paintings of the 1960s

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Gerhard Richter. Bilder einer Epoche Schneede, Uwe M. / Butin, Hubertus / Elger, Dietmar / Rübel, Dietmar / Westheider, Ortrud  2011

Publisher

Hirmer Publishers, Munich copublished by Heni Publishing, London and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, NY and Paris (2011)

Details

Hardback, 214 pages

ISBN

9783777450018

Language

English

Category

Solo Exhibitions
ArtworkMentioned: pp. 13, 194 
Illustrated: pp. 13, 194 (colour) 

Exhibitions

Gerhard Richter. Images of an Era was published on the occasion of the exhibition at Bucerius Kunstforum in Hamburg in 2011. Both the exhibition and the catalogue focus on Richter’s paintings of the 1960s

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Gerhard Richter. Images of an Era Schneede, Uwe M. / Butin, Hubertus / Elger, Dietmar / Rübel, Dietmar / Westheider, Ortrud  2011

Publisher

DuMont, Köln (2008)

Details

Hardback, 88 pages

ISBN

3832190511

Language

German

Category

Monographs
ArtworkMentioned: p. 12 

Inside the Studio. Erika Kiffl fotografiert Gerhard Richter presents two photographical series that show Richter in his studio. In 1967 a first series was taken in his studio Fürstenwall in Düsseldorf

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Inside the Studio. Erika Kiffl fotografiert Gerhard Richter Kiffl, Erika / Buschmann, Renate / Marzona, Daniel / Elger, Dietmar / Mai, Ekkehard  2008

Publisher

DuMont, Köln (2002)

Details

Hardback, 420 pages

ISBN

9783832158484

Language

German

Category

Monographs
ArtworkMentioned: pp. 66, 129, 163 
Illustrated: p. 178 (b/w) 

Gerhard Richter has been widely regarded as a publicity shy artist. However, the biography Gerhard Richter. Maler gives an insight into Richter’s personal history as well as into the development of his artistic œuvre

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Gerhard Richter. Maler Elger, Dietmar  2002

Publisher

Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam (1989)

Details

Softcover, 166 pages

ISBN

9069180464

Languages

Dutch, English

Category

Solo Exhibitions
ArtworkMentioned: pp. 4, 5 

Exhibitions

Gerhard Richter 1988/89 Schampers, Karel / Tilroe, Anna / Buchloh, Benjamin H. D.  1989
Gerhard Richter. Bilder = Paintings 1962 - 1985 Harten, Jürgen / Hering, Karl-Heinz / Honisch, Dieter / Loock, Ulrich / Ronte, Dieter / Elger, Dietmar  1986

Publisher

CNAC, Paris (1974)

Details

Softcover, 168 pages

Language

French

Category

Group Exhibitions
ArtworkIllustrated: p. 149 (b/w) 

Exhibitions

Hyperréalistes Américains. Réalistes Européens Adadie, Daniel  1974

Publisher

Museum Folkwang, Essen (1972)

Details

Hardback, 154 pages

Languages

Italian, German, English

Category

Solo Exhibitions
ArtworkMentioned: pp. 14, 38 
Illustrated: p. 48 (b/w) 
Gerhard Richter. 36. Biennale di Venezia, Padiglione tedesco = 36. Biennale in Venedig, Deutscher Pavilion = 36. Biennale in Venice, German Pavilion Honisch, Dieter / Helms, Dietrich / Honnef, Klaus / Ohff, Heinz / Dienst, Rolf Gunther / Schön, Rolf / Polke, Sigmar  1972

Publisher

Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover (1967)

Details

Softcover, 78 pages

Language

German

Category

Group Exhibitions
ArtworkMentioned: p. 52 

Exhibitions

128. Frühjahrsausstellung im Kunstverein Hannover Jüdes, Rudolf  1967

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