Daniel Richter

Daniel Richter

Daniel Richter was born in 1962 in Eutin (Germany). Today, he lives and works in Berlin. The artist has shaped painting in Germany since the 1990s as few others have done. In his large-scale oil paintings, Richter dovetails set pieces of art history, mass media and pop culture into idiosyncratic, narrative pictorial worlds. Daniel Richter studied 1992-1996 with Werner Büttner – one of the protagonists, along with Martin Kippenberger, of the revival of expressive trends in painting during the 1980s – at the Hamburg Academy of Fine Arts, and worked as assistant to Albert Oehlen. Initially, he did abstract paintings, with a cosmos of forms intensely colourful to the point of being psychedelic – somewhere between graffiti and intricate ornamentation.

Since 2002 he has painted large-scale scenes filled with figures, often inspired by reproductions from newspapers or history books. These show conflict and menace in excessive aggression and vitality. The symbolist painter James Ensor and the pioneer of expressionism, Edvard Munch, might be seen here as Richter's artistic forebears. The representation of artificial light, flashlight, thermal image or X-ray picture evokes an atmosphere of artificiality and nervosity. The theme of total surveillance seems to be an important motif in Richter's œuvre – the association with infra-red and thermal imaging cameras is unavoidable, revealing a paranoid view. Richter's subjects suggest allusion to current politics, but on closer inspection, we see that this is not so.

Awards

2009


Art prize, Finkenwerder


 


2001


Sponsorship award for young art, Schleswig-Holstein


 


1999


Art Prize, Bremen


 


1998


Otto Dix Prize, Gera


Solo exhibitions

2016


Louisiana Museum, Denmark (October)


 


2015


Hello, I love you, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany (October)


 


2014


spandrillen – mamillen – ronald, Kunstvereun Augsburg, Germany


Chromos goo bugly, Galerie im Taxispalais des Landres Tirol, Inssbruck, Austria


 


2013


Daniel Richter 6 Neue Bilder, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany


Esbjerg Art Museum, Esbjerg, Denmark


 


2012


Voyage, Voyage, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


A concert of purpose and action, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, USA


 


2011


10001nacht, Contemporary Fine Arts. Berlin, Germany


Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover, Germany


 


2010


ANTI AWAY, Regina Gallery, Moscow, Russia


Spagotzen, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria


Museum der Moderne/Rupertinum, Salzburg, Austria


 


2009


Imitators be there, Galerie Haas, Zurich, Switzerland


Essl Museum, Klosterneuberg/Vienna, Austria


Love Parade, Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen, Denmark


„Oh la la,“ Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany


Kunstpreis Finkenwerder 2009, Kunsthaus Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany


 


2008


A Major Survey, Denver Art Museum, Denver, USA


Die Palette, CAC Malaga Centro de Arte, Malaga, Spain


Die Idealisten, David Zwirner, New York, USA


Rock und Polizei, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, USA


 


2007


Daniel Richter, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany; Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, Netherlands


 


2006


Grimm Fine Art, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Huntergrund, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, Switzerland


Daniel Richter und Uwe Lausen, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany


Die Peitsche der Erinnerung, with Jonathan Meese, Kunsthaus Stade, Stade; E-Werk, Freiberg, Kunstverein Rosenheim, Rosenheim; Helms Museum, Hamburg, Germany


 


2005


Acht Stunden sing kein Tag, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany


Pink Flag – White Horse, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada


 


2004


The Morning After, David Zwirner Gallery, New York, USA


White Horse Pink Flag, The Power Plant, Toronto; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada


 


2003


Hirn,  Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany


Daniel Richter, Bernier/Eliades Gallery, Athens, Greece


 


2002


Grünspan, K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany


 


2001


Billard um halb Zehn, Kunsthalle, Kiel
La Cause du Peuple, Patrick Painter Inc., Los Angeles


 


2000


Für Immer, mit Tal R, Society for Contemporary Art in Bremen
Die Frau, Rock’n’Roll, Tod – nein danke!, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin


Je ne suis pas un robot, Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris


 


1999


Fool on a Hill, Galerie Johnen & Schöttle, Cologne


Experiment Freund, Galerie Freund/Wind, Vienna


 


1998


Organisierte Kriminalität, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin


 


1997


17 Jahre Nasenbluten, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin


 


1995


Neue Bilder, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin


Group exhibitions

2014


Eurasia. A view on painting, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris-Pantin, France


Unendlicher Spass, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany


 


2013


DISASTER, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris-Pantin, France


 


2012


Es lebe die Malerei! Junge Kunst aus der Sammlung Essl, Essl Collection, Klosterneuburg, Austria


Nightfall, Modemart, Debrecen, Hungary


HEUTE MALEREI, Kunstmuseum Magdeburg, Germany


 


2011


Berlin zeichnet! , Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche, Osnabrück ; Festival der Tiere, Essl Collection, Klosterneuburg, Austria


 


2010


Hareng Saur: Ensor and Contemporary Art, S.M.A.K. Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent


Permanent Trouble. Kunst aus der Sammlung Kopp München, Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie, Regensburg


Disquieted, Portland Art Musuem, Portland, OR


 


2009


60 Jahre – 60 Werke – Kunst aus der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany


Ferne Nähe – Natur in der Kunst der Gegenwart, Art Museum, Bonn, Germany


 


2008


Olaf Metzel, Markus Oehlen, Daniel Richter – Pictures, Galerie Andreas Höhne, Munich, Germany


 


2007


Passion for Art, Essl Museum in Klosterneuburg, Austria


Der Symbolismus und die Kunst der Gegenwart, Van der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal, Germany


 


2005


Styles und Stile. Aktuelle Malerei aus Deutschland aus der Sammlung Scharpff, Goethe, Institut Sofia, Bulgaria


La nouvelle peinture Allemande, Le Musée d’Art Contemporain, Nîmes, France


Daniel Richter / Jonathan Meese, Kunsthaus, Stade, Germany


Falckenberg Collection, City Art Museum, Helsinki


 


2006 


Tokyo - Berlin / Berlin – Tokyo, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan; Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany


 


2004


Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin


 


2003


Heißkalt – Aktuelle Kunst aus der Sammlung Scharpff , Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany


Berlin – Moskau / Moskau – Berlin 1950 – 2000, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany


Ludwig Richter und seine Schüler + Daniel Richter, Academy of Fine Arts, Dresden, Germany


 


2002


Preis der Nationalgalerie, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany


 


2001


Vantage Point, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland


Painting 2001, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK


 


2000


Europe - Different Perspectives in Painting, MuMi Museo Michetti, Francavilla al Mare, Italy


SALON, Delfina Project Space, London, UK


German Festival in India  National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai; Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata; Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore; National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi


 


1999


Richter Bohlen Koether, Galerie Freund / Wind, ViennaScorpio Rising, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin


Officina Europa, Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Bologna
Mozart on Television - New Painting from German, Deitch Projects, New York


Gallery Swap - Contemporary Fine Arts at Sadie Coles, Sadie Coles SQ, London


 


1997


Punch In Out, Kunsthaus, Hamburg


Albert Oehlen, Kunsthalle, Basel


 


1995


Scharfer Blick, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany


Bibliography

2011


1001 nacht, Köln, Snoeck


Das Reich der Freiheit ist die Kunst (Tonträger) Nürnberg, Verlag für Moderne Kunst


 


2010


Daniel Richter, Spagotzen, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris ·Salzburg


Imitators be thereGalerie Haas, Zürich, Pro Litteris


Painters on the run, Kunsthaus Stade, Stadt Stade


 


2009


Daniel Richter, Klosterneuburg, Ed. Sammlung Essl


 


2007


Daniel Richter, Köln, DuMont-Literatur-und-Kunst-Verlag


 


2006


Daniel Huntergrund Ostfildern, Hatje Cantz


Uwe Lausen - Daniel Richter, Köln, König


Public and private collections

FRANCE


Centre Pompidou, Paris


 


GERMANY


Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt


Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg


Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel


Museum der Bildenden Künste, Leipzig


 


THE NETHERLANDS


Germeentemuseum, The Hague