When? until 15 May 2011
Where? Brucerius Kunst Forum
How much? for students: 5 €
Art – what a difficult topic. To be honest I was not sure what to expect when my arts-studying friend persuaded me to accompany her to Gerhard Richter’s exihibiton “Images of an Era” since – unlike her – I don’t have a clue about painters, designers and sculptors. Flyers and placards all over the city made me expect blurred photography, which – like my doubts – proved to be wrong.
The works exhibited here are called Abmalungen, which means that Gerhard Richter picked photos and painted them onto canvas, using a specific technique to create his own, blurred style. This style certainly includes an intention and everyone should make up her own mind about it – but it is also simply fascinating: Richter was a very skilled painter and some of the paintings are blurred with so much patience and accuracy that one cannot even say that it is a painting, as no brush marks can be seen. The other component of the works is the choice of pictures, some of them taken from gossip magazines, some are advertisements, some are real photos and Polaroids: Topics like criticism of other artists, the German Autumn in 1977 and an examination of Germany’s Nazi past are handled here.
If you are a student of the Arts this exhibition should be perfect for you, if you also judge paintings by their technique like me and your opinion might include the word “nice” you also get your money’s worth – be daring!