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Exhibitions/ Gerhard Richter: Painting After All

Gerhard Richter: Painting After All

March 4–March 12, 2020 (intended closing date July 5, 2020)

Exhibition Catalogue

This lavishly illustrated monograph spans the entire career of one the world's most celebrated contemporary artists.

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Exhibition Overview

Devoted to one of the greatest artists of our time, Gerhard Richter: Painting After All considers Richter's six-decade-long preoccupation with the dual means of representation and abstraction to explore the material, conceptual and historical implications of painting. Spanning the entirety of Richter's prolific and innovative career, the exhibition presents over one hundred works that focus on his specific commitment to the medium, as well as his related interests in photography, digital reproduction, and sculpture.

Major loans include the series Cage (2006) and Birkenau (2014), twin cores of the exhibition, as well as the recent work House of Cards (5 Panes) (2020), all of which are exhibited in the United States for the first time.

Accompanied by a catalogue.


This exhibition was scheduled to run from March 4 to July 5, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 closure of The Met, it instead closed on March 12, 2020.

"Contemporary art's great poet of uncertainty" —New York Review of Books

"Richter's abstractions [are] miraculously, often staggeringly, beautiful, with an air of having come into being through a will of their own . . ." —New Yorker

"This beautiful valediction, with 60 years of work, affirms the artistic and moral force of his irresolution and skepticism." —New York Times

The exhibition is made possible by the Barrie A. and Deedee Wigmore Foundation.

Corporate sponsorship is provided by
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Major support is provided by David S. Winter and the Modern and Contemporary Art Visiting Committee.

Additional funding is provided by Angela A. Chao and Jim Breyer, Jane C. Carroll, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Kenneth and Rosalind Landis, and the Peterson Family Foundation.

The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

The catalogue is made possible by the Mary C. and James W. Fosburgh Publications Fund.

Additional support is provided by Christie's, and by Sharon Wee and Tracy Fu.

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Hear from the Curators

An open book with twelve abstract paintings

Learn about the German painter's art and influence in this conversation with the curators of The Met's exhibition.

The Primer

A rectangular graphic image where the left-hand is a simple black background with the following burned in text: "In 2020, art can be made from literally anything. So why still paint? One contemporary artist has some answers. Meet Gerhard Richter." The right-hand side is an image of the artist Gerhard Richter pushes a large vertical squeegee across an oversized green-tinted off-white canvas to reveal gray off-white paint layers underneath.

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Exhibition Objects

Gerhard Richter (German, b. 1932). Ice (detail), 1981. Oil on canvas, 27 9/16 x 39 3/8 in. (70 x 100 cm). Collection of Ruth McLoughlin, Monaco. © Gerhard Richter 2019