Painting by Daniel Richter

The pop star of German painting

It all began with abstract painting. While his first images still show a tumultuous chaos of patches, lines, patterns and colors, heads start to appear in his paintings in 1999. Since early 2000, Richter has been painting complex compositions in which he addresses current political topics in shimmering colors. Now, in his third creative phase, the German artist has set his brush aside and applies the oil paint mostly with a palette knife. His most recent pictures show blurry, wide color fields and only hazy figures. By now Richter’s large-scale works are highly coveted around the world and reach six-digit figures at international auctions. Often characterized as the pop star of German painting, the artist is highly significant for Vienna not least due to his professorship at the Academy of Fine Arts. The 21er Haus is showing a comprehensive exhibition of the artist’s works for the first time in February 2017 with the title “Daniel Richter – Lonely Old Slogans”.

Structured as a retrospective, the show documents Richter’s development from his earliest works to the present. The exhibition includes the unsettled, expressive abstractions of the 1990s, which reflect his former occupation as the designer of album covers for various punk-rock bands, as well as theatrical figurative scenes. The most recent works of this show, from 2015, are dedicated mainly to the human figure and erotic corporeality.

Daniel Richter - Lonely Old Slogans

Feb. 3 - June 5, 2017

21er Haus

Arsenalstraße 1, 1030 Wien
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  • Opening times

    • We, 11:00 - 21:00
    • Th - Su, 11:00 - 18:00
    • Public Holidays (including Monday and Tuesday) 11 am-6 pm
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors   140  cm  wide )
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • 1 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
    • Elevator available
      • 100 cm wide and 250 cm low , Door 90 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • 2 Wheelchair spaces available (spaces in the Blickle cinema by the entrance on the right)
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Tactile tours on the architecture of 21er Haus and the sculptures of Fritz Wotrub for blind and visually impaired people.

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