Venice (steps), 1985, oil on canvas – person sitting on steps leading down to the water, by Gerhard Richter
© Gerhard Richter, bpk/The Art Institute of Chicago/Art Resource, NY


A name so large and important, there has been no getting around it for decades. And yet Gerhard Richter was seldom seen in Vienna until now. The Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien took this as an opportunity to design a brand-new exhibition. At the center of the retrospective? His landscape images. Apart from his typical oil paintings, also on exhibit are drawings, photographs, graphics, art books, and objects. Works from the 1960s to the present day will be shown. Also among them are works that have rarely or even never been seen in public. 

The exhibition is arranged into five themed sections. These start with the pictures that Richter created on the basis of his own or found photographic motifs. Notable here are the detail, image structure, and also the coloring, which is reminiscent of a photographic aesthetic. Richter's landscape images also play a key role with regard to his development towards abstract painting. His works that were mostly created in the 1960s and 1970s show abstracted images of mountains, parks, stars, or the sea. These works change between illustrated landscapes and an increasingly abstract form of landscape images. In the 1970s and 1990s, Richter focused increasingly on fictitious forms and constructs of landscapes, which could scarcely, or even not at all, exist in reality. Also shown are abstract overpaintings of landscape paintings, photographs, or graphics. 

It is a powerful exhibition, which presents a total of 150 works by the exceptional artist.

Gerhard Richter

October 1, 2020 - January 24, 2021

Note: Due to the current situation, the opening times of the individual institutions may have changed. Please make inquiries before you visit the museums.

Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien

Freyung 8, 1010 Wien
  • Vienna City Card

  • Opening times

    • Mo, 10:00 - 19:00
    • Tu, 10:00 - 19:00
    • We, 10:00 - 19:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 19:00
    • Fr, 10:00 - 21:00
    • Sa, 10:00 - 19:00
    • Su, 10:00 - 19:00
    • 24.12: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. / 31.12: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. / 01.01: 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps
        Via ramp
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        At "Freyung" underground garage
    • Elevator available
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Special tours for the deaf and hard of hearing.

    • Comments

      All rooms accessible without steps (elevator)

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