Gerhard Richter: Panorama

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

12 February 2012 – 13 May 2012

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Faltbarer Trockner
Folding Dryer

1962 99.3 cm x 78.6 cm Catalogue Raisonné: 4

Oil on canvas

The painting Folding Dryer depicts a clipping of a newspaper advertisement for a drying rack. Gerhard Richter reproduced the advertising photograph, a part of the descriptive text as well as the light-coloured background of the newspaper page. The square photograph shows a dark-haired woman demonstrating the handling of the drying rack by hanging a cloth on the line. Below the photograph, slightly shifted to the left, a black border frames the caption Faltbarer Trockner and some practical information about the measurements and the price of 8,70 DM, which is cropped in the painting. In places the painting appears to be rendered sketchily. The face of the woman resembles a mask; her blouse and skirt on the right side are smudged into the background.

The source image of this painting is included on sheet 10 of Gerhard Richter's Atlas. The format of the newspaper clipping is almost consistent with the detail depicted in the painting. The text of the advertisement however, shows discrepancies between painting and source image: Richter modified the text “5,60 m Trockenlänge bei geringem Platzverbrauch” [5.60 m drying length, less space required] to “5,60 m Trockenlängen!” adding an incorrect plural as well as an exclamation mark. When transferring the advertisement onto canvas, Richter divided the image into squares, which can still be seen in the source image in Atlas.

Gerhard Richter describes why he was interested in the motif as follows: “I didn't find the clothes-dryer ironic; there was something tragic about it, because it represented life in low-cost housing with nowhere to hang the washing. It was my own clothes-dryer, which I rediscovered in a newspaper – objectivized, as it were.”1

Gerhard Richter's preoccupation with everyday objects and advertisements was influenced by the ideas of Pop Art, but goes beyond. As the quote shows, socio-critical aspects also had an effect on Richter's choice of motif. One year before he created this painting, Richter moved from the GDR to West Germany. The examination of the capitalist West as well as Richter's own search for his place in society are mirrored in such paintings as Folding Dryer.
 

1 Interview with Sabine Schütz, 1990 in: Gerhard Richter: Text. Writings, Interviews and Letters 1961–2007, Thames & Hudson, London, 2009, p. 253.

 

Notes prepared by editorial team

Froehlich Collection, Stuttgart, Germany



This artwork is based on an image included in Atlas:

This artwork was shown in the following exhibitions:

This artwork is included in the following publications:

Title Author Date

Publisher

Walther König, Köln (2014)

Details

Hardback, 247 pages

ISBN

9783863356484

Language

German

Category

Group Exhibitions
ArtworkMentioned: pp. 75, 226 
Illustrated: p. 36 (colour) 

Exhibitions

German Pop Hollein, Max / Weinhart, Martina / Niggl, Selima / Rübel, Dietmar / Bayrle, Thomas / Block, René / Schleiffenbaum, Lea / Müller, Helmut  2014

Publisher

Prestel, München (2012)

Details

Hardback, 305 pages

ISBN

9783791351896

Language

German

Category

Solo Exhibitions
ArtworkMentioned: pp. 39, 296 
Illustrated: p. 48 (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. 38, 296 
Illustrated: p. 48 (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

Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern-Ruit (2011)

Details

Hardback, 192 pages

ISBN

9783775726382

Language

German

Category

Monographs
ArtworkMentioned: p. 19 
Gerhard Richter. Landschaften Butin, Hubertus / Bätschmann, Oskar / Elger, Dietmar  2011

Publisher

Tate Publishing (2011)

Details

Softcover, 304 pages

ISBN

9781854379443

ISBN

9781854379450

Language

English

Category

Solo Exhibitions
ArtworkMentioned: pp. 38, 39, 296 
Illustrated: p. 48 (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. 20, 21, 63, 109, 194 
Illustrated: pp. 114, 194 (colour) 

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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. 20, 21, 62, 109, 194 
Illustrated: pp. 114, 194 (colour) 

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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 (2009)

Details

Hardback, 176 pages

ISBN

9783832191542

Language

German

Category

Solo Exhibitions
ArtworkMentioned: p. 169 
Illustrated: p. 21 (colour) 

Exhibitions

The catalogue of the exhibition Gerhard Richter. Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, London in 2009 focuses on Richter's portraiture

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Die Porträts von Gerhard Richter Moorhouse, Paul  2009

Publisher

National Portrait Gallery Publications, London (2009)

Details

Hardback, 176 pages

ISBN

9781855143975

Language

English

Category

Solo Exhibitions
ArtworkMentioned: p. 169 
Illustrated: p. 21 (colour) 

Exhibitions

The catalogue of the exhibition Gerhard Richter. Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, London in 2009 focuses on Richter's portraiture

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Gerhard Richter. Portraits. Painting Appearances Moorhouse, Paul  2009

Publisher

Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern-Ruit (2008)

Details

Hardback, 184 pages

ISBN

9783775721363

Language

German

Category

Solo Exhibitions
ArtworkMentioned: p. 19 

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The catalogue Gerhard Richter: Bilder aus privaten Sammlungen was published to coincide with exhibitions in Baden-Baden, Beijing, Edinburgh, Vienna and Duisburg in 2008 and 2009

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Gerhard Richter. Bilder aus privaten Sammlungen Adriani, Götz / Schwarz, Dieter  2008

Publisher

Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern-Ruit / Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf (2005)

Details

Hardback, 96 pages

ISBN

9783775715836

Languages

German, English

Category

Solo Exhibitions
ArtworkMentioned: pp. 12, 13 

Exhibitions

Gerhard Richter. Ohne Farbe = Without Color Spieler, Reinhard / Gelshorn, Julian / Kania, Elke / Krystof, Doris  2005

Publisher

DuMont, Köln (2002)

Details

Hardback, 420 pages

ISBN

9783832158484

Language

German

Category

Monographs
ArtworkMentioned: pp. 108, 208 
Discussed: p. 168 
Illustrated: p. 169 (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

Richter Verlag, Düsseldorf (2000)

Details

Hardback, 340 pages

ISBN

9783933807045

Language

English

Category

Monographs
ArtworkIllustrated: p. 12 (b/w) 

This catalogue raisonné of Gerhard Richter's drawings encompasses works in pencil, India ink, ballpoint pen, and other drawing media, on both paper and canvas since 1964

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Gerhard Richter. Drawings 1964-1999. Catalogue Raisonné Schwarz, Dieter / Pelzer, Birgit  2000

Publisher

Insel Verlag, Frankfurt a. M. (1993)

Details

Softcover, 277 pages

ISBN

3458165606

Language

German

Category

Monographs
ArtworkMentioned: pp. 199, 200 
Text. Schriften und Interviews Richter, Gerhard / Obrist, Hans Ulrich  1993

Publisher

Galerie-Verein, München (1990)

Details

Hardback

Language

German

Category

Group Exhibitions

Notes

Vol. 1: Bilder und Objekte in der Staatsgalerie Moderner Kunst München
Vol. 2: Zeichnungen und Druckgraphik in der Staatlichen Graphischen Sammlung München

ArtworkMentioned: p. 20 

Exhibitions

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Publisher

DuMont, Köln (1989)

Details

Hardback, 544 pages

ISBN

3770123727

Language

German

Category

Group Exhibitions
ArtworkMentioned: p. 529 
Illustrated: p. 336 (colour) 

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Bilderstreit. Widerspruch, Einheit und Fragment in der Kunst seit 1960 Gohr, Siegfried / Gachnang, Johannes  1989

Publisher

Prestel, München (1988)

Details

Softcover, 247 pages

ISBN

3791309722

Language

German

Category

Group Exhibitions
ArtworkMentioned: p. 174 

Exhibitions

Zeichenkunst der Gegenwart. Sammlung Prinz Franz von Bayern Holler, Wolfgang  1988
Gerhard Richter. Bilder = Paintings 1962 - 1985 Harten, Jürgen / Hering, Karl-Heinz / Honisch, Dieter / Loock, Ulrich / Ronte, Dieter / Elger, Dietmar  1986

Publisher

Nicolai, Berlin (1985)

Details

Softcover, 732 pages

ISBN

3875841581

Language

German

Category

Group Exhibitions
ArtworkMentioned: p. 248 

Exhibitions

1945-1985. Kunst in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Bartmann, Dominik / Grisebach, Lucius / Honisch, Dieter / Schmitz, Britta / Schneider, Angela / Schweinebraden Freiherr von Wichmann-Eichhorn, Jürgen / Svestka, Jiri / Bishoff, Ulrich / Calvocoressi, Richard / Baron Döry, Ludwig / Grochowiak, Thomas / Honnef, Klaus / Wedewer, Rolf  1985

Publisher

Nationalgalerie Berlin, Staatliche Museen Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin (1978)

Details

Softcover, 144 pages

ISBN

3496010037

Language

German

Category

Group Exhibitions
ArtworkIllustrated: p. 134 (b/w) 

Exhibitions

Aspekte der 60er Jahre. Aus der Sammlung Reinhard Onnasch Honisch, Dieter / Onnasch, Reinhard / Lindenberg, Ilona  1978

Publisher

Verlag Aurel Bongers, Recklinghausen (1976)

Details

Hardback, 72 pages

ISBN

3764702877

Language

German

Category

Monographs

Notes

Monographien zur rheinisch-westfälischen Kunst der Gegenwart, Volume 50.

ArtworkIllustrated: p. 20 (b/w) 
Gerhard Richter Honnef, Klaus  1976

Publisher

Museum Folkwang, Essen (1972)

Details

Hardback, 154 pages

Languages

Italian, German, English

Category

Solo Exhibitions
ArtworkMentioned: pp. 7, 37 
Illustrated: p. 46 (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 für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf (1971)

Details

Softcover, 136 pages

Language

German

Category

Solo Exhibitions
ArtworkMentioned: pp. 8, 12 
Illustrated: p. 49 (b/w) 

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