Gehrard Richter - Abstrakt
For the Espace Louis Vuitton Osaka, the Fondation Louis Vuitton has specifically chosen 18 abstract pieces by Richter from the Collection, retracing more than 30 years of creation. Two of these artworks, 940-4 Abstraktes Bild and 941-7 Abstraktes Bild (2015), are presented for the first time. This exhibition thus pays tribute to one of the most prolific and iconic painters of our contemporary era.
Richter actively revisits his early career, as well as – and not without ironic distance – the history of painting, romantic and sublime themes, and geometrical and lyrical abstraction. More than a parallel approach, the coexistence between figuration and abstraction he cherishes emerges as a mise en abyme. Material depth reverberates through the scratched surface and photographed elements glimpsed through transparent layers, while mental depth is materialised through titles that suggest atmospheres, natural elements or first names. Far from being simplistic and conceptual, this research of a lifetime reaches its extreme in its hesitation between erasure and unveiling.