Louisiana Museum of Modern Art looks to showcase a retrospective of work from German artist Daniel Richter, at the midpoint of his career. Regarded as one of the most important painters of his generation, he was surrounded by names such as Peter Doig and Danish Tal. Richter brought an expressive flare to the art scene in the 1990s, with his paintings referencing earlier days as a German designer of punk rock band album covers, among others.
With a turn in the millennium came a turn in the ambitions of Richter, who’s work featured a more figurative style. He described this as a “new kind of history painting”, one slightly more abstract in its intentions, seeking to reflect a contemporary historical spirit marked by the downturn in political stability.
Richter’s paintings have links to critical and witty social themes of German expressionism, by artists such as Max Beckmann and George Grosz, during times ahead of the World War II outbreak. He takes a similar outlook to his paintings, always placing them within current issues in the surrounding world, with an often political undercurrent. Often working with media images and on a large scale, many of his works picture scenes with glaring, nightmarish qualities.
His figures are frequently staged in somewhat theatrical compositions using a rich colour palette through texture and illusion of light. The exhibition titled Lonely Old Slogans takes us on a journey through Richter’s various styles, from his earlier dynamic compositions to his figurative representations.
Daniel Richter: Lonely Old Slogans, 8 September 2016 – 8 January 2017, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Gl Strandvej 13, 3050 Humlebæk, Denmark.
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1. Daniel Richter. Courtesy of Louisiana.