From the end of August to mid-November, the Museum of Fine Arts – Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest will be featuring the unique contemporary works of Gerhard Richter, a German visual artist known for his abstract and photorealistic paintings.
Gerhard Richter. Truth in Semblance, will be available for viewing in the National Art Gallery from 27 August to 14 November. It will be the 89-year-old artist’s first comprehensive exhibition in Hungary, with almost 80 works to be put on display.
The art pieces will range from photo-paintings he made in the 1960s to color-rich abstract pieces and intimate pencil drawings. Richter has prepared a unique series of drawings specifically for the Budapest show, giving the exhibition unique significance.
This will be the fourth in a series of exhibitions organized by the Museum of Fine Arts showcasing the most emblematic figures in German art since 1945. The last three exhibitions took place in 2012, 2014, and 2017.
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Richter’s style, described as “style-less,” features an unrestrained and diverse approach to art. Some of his pieces are blurry, hazy, or gray while others are sharp, vivid, and colorful. He is considered the first to reflect the relationship between photography and painting thanks to the photo-paintings he made in the 1960s.
The exhibition, released in collaboration with the Goethe Institute of Budapest, will even feature a multiple award-winning documentary film titled Gerhard Richter Painting, in which the artist speaks on the “essence of painting” and “his conflicting relationship with the world outside his studio,” the Museum of Fine Arts writes.
Featured photo illustration by MTI/EPA/Alexandra Wey