Gerhard Richter. 18. Oktober 1977

Author Buchloh, Benjamin H. D. / Germer, Stefan / Storck, Gerhard / Thorn-Prikker, Jan / König, Kasper
Date 1989
Publisher Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln
Details Softcover, 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.