Gerhard Richter. 18. Oktober 1977

AuthorBuchloh, Benjamin H. D. / Germer, Stefan / Storck, Gerhard / Thorn-Prikker, Jan / König, Kasper
Date1989
PublisherVerlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln
DetailsSoftcover, 59 pages
ISBN 3883751057
Language German

Exhibition catalogue
On October 18, 1977, three young German radicals, members of the militant Baader-Meinhof group, were found dead in a Stuttgart prison; they were pronounced suicides, but many people suspected they had been murdered. Gerhard Richter, a German painter, and one of the most exceptional and highly regarded artists of the second half of the 20th century, created, 11 years after this traumatic event, a series of 15 paintings known as October 18, 1977. It is among the most challenging works of the artist's career, and one of the 20th century's most famous works on a political theme, still highly debated and unsettling to this day.