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


Solo exhibitions

2016


Louisiana Museum, Denmark, curated by  Poul Erik Tøjner (October)


 


2015


Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, curated by Max Hollein (October)


 


2014


spandrillen - mamillen - ronald, Kunstverein Augsburg, Germany 


Galerie im Taxispalais des Landes Tirol, Innsbruck, Austria


 


2013


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


 


 


2012
Voyage, Voyage, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris
A Concert of Purpose and Action (Regen Projects, Los Angeles)


 


2011
10001 Nacht 
(Kestner Gesellschaft, Hanover 2011) Daniel Richter (Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin)


 


2010
ANTI AWAY (Regina Gallery, Moscow)
Spagotzen (Galerie Ropac, Salzburg)
The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady (Rupertinum Museum of Modern Art, Salzburg)


 


2009
Imitators be there 
(Galerie Haas, Zurich) Daniel Richter (Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg)


 


2008
Die Palette (CAC Málaga Centro de Arte)
A Major Survey (Denver Art Museum)
Die Idealisten (David Zwirner, New York, USA)
Rock und Polizei (Regen Projects, Los Angeles, USA)


 


2007
Daniel Richter (Kunsthalle, Hamburg; Gemeente Museum, The Hague)


 


2006
Huntergrund 
(Museum of Contemporary Art, Basel)
Die Peitsche der Erinnerung, with Jonathan Meese, (Kunsthaus, Stade; E-Werk, Freiburg; Kunstverein, Rosenheim; Helms Museum, Hamburg)


 


2005
Pink Flag – White Horse (National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa)
Pink Flag – White Horse (Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver) Acht Stunden sind kein Tag (Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin)


 


2004
White Horse 
– Pink Flag (The Power Plant, Toronto) The Morning After (David Zwirner Gallery, New York)


 


2003
Hearn (Galerie Benier/Eliades, Athens) Hirn (Neuer Berliner Kunstverein)


 


2002
Grünspan 
(K21 North Rhine-Westphalia Art Collection, Düsseldorf)


 


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


Unendlicher Spass, tbc at the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany


 


2013
DISASTER, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris-Pantin


 


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


 


2008
Olaf Metzel, Markus Oehlen, Daniel Richter – Pictures (Galerie Andreas Höhne, Munich)


 


2007
Passion for Art (Essl Museum in Klosterneuburg near Vienna)
Der Symbolismus und die Kunst der Gegenwart (Van der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal)


 


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)
Daniel Richter / Jonathan Meese (Kunsthaus, Stade)
Falckenberg Collection (City Art Museum, Helsinki)
2006 Tokyo - Berlin / Berlin – Tokyo (Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin)


 


2004
Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig (Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin)


 


2003
Heißkalt – Aktuelle Kunst aus der Sammlung Scharpff (Kunsthalle, Hamburg)
Berlin – Moskau / Moskau – Berlin 1950 – 2000 (Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin)
Ludwig Richter und seine Schüler + Daniel Richter (Academy of Fine Arts, Dresden)


 


2002
Preis der Nationalgalerie (Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin)


 


2001
Vantage Point (Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin) Painting 2001 (Victoria Miro Gallery, London)


 


2000
Europe - Different Perspectives in Painting (MuMi Museo Michetti, Francavilla al Mare, Italy)
SALON (Delfina Project Space, London)
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, Vienna)
Scorpio 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)


Other works 2010


Stage-set for Lulu (Salzburg Festival) 2008


Stage-set for Herzog Blaubart’s Burg (Salzburg Festival) 1999


Stage-set for Der grüne Kakadu, after Arthur Schnitzler (director: Angela Richter), at the Institut für Theater, Musiktheater und Film, Hamburg


Bibliography

2011


1001nacht 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 there Zürich, Pro Litteris


Painters on the run Stade, Stadt Stade


 


2009


Daniel Richtet
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