February 5, 2017 - 21er Haus Museum of Contemporary Art - Daniel Richter: Lonely Old Slogans
February 5, 2017

21er Haus Museum of Contemporary Art

Daniel Richter, Tarifa, 2001. Oil on canvas, 350 x 280 cm. Collection Ken and Helen Rowe, London. © Bildrecht, Vienna, 2017.

Daniel Richter
Lonely Old Slogans
February 3–June 5, 2017

21er Haus Museum of Contemporary Art
Arsenalstrasse 1
1030 Vienna
Austria
Hours: Wednesday 11am–9pm,
Thursday–Sunday 11am–6pm

www.21erhaus.at
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Daniel Richter
Lonely Old Slogans
February 3–June 5, 2017

21er Haus Museum of Contemporary Art
Arsenalstrasse 1
1030 Vienna
Austria
Hours: Wednesday 11am–9pm,
Thursday–Sunday 11am–6pm

www.21erhaus.at
Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / YouTube

The question of how painting can react to the political, social, and media realities of today represents a starting point for Daniel Richter’s artistic work. For over two decades, he has radically challenged the potentialities of painting. Until June 5, 2017 the 21er Haus presents the first comprehensive retrospective of the German painter in Vienna. 

The exhibition surveys 52 works of Richter's development, from his early, colour-intensive abstract paintings to today. Daniel Richter's oeuvre is divided roughly into three periods. When the artist began to paint in the early 1990s, painting in Europe was experienced as an artistic medium of the past, largely approached with irony, distance and dissection. Richter was well-aware of these painting controversies and discourses, but instead of adopting a defensive attitude, he approached the genre directly, with an abundance of expressive forms, colours, and painterly methods.

At the turn of the century he counterposed his dense, abstract-ornamental paintings from the mid-1990s, with large, figurative and narrative images depicting socio-political realities. They are arranged theatrically and tell stories about the contradictions of our time. These works turned Richter into a famous and celebrated figure amongst the younger generation of German painters at the time. It is this body from his second creative phase that forms the core of the exhibition.

With his recent work, Richter partially returned to abstraction. Starting with pornographic images, the artist has developed a new pictorial language and, in a very reduced, almost choreographic form, he seems to exhaust the potentialities of painting. Reminiscent of American Abstract Expressionism, his works of art are transformative both in a socio-political and body politic sense.

Daniel Richter is a politically motivated painter, not only because of his origins in the autonomous left-wing punk scene in Hamburg or his choice of subject matter, but particularly because of the attention and the critical gaze which he asks of his audience. The image titles—the Lonely Old Slogans—make it simultaneously easier and more difficult for the viewer. Sometimes they seem to precisely describe what is happening, while in other cases they position themselves in Dadaist fashion, at the edge of the intelligible. Thus, Richter's pictures burst open their inherent framework of meaning and point outwards. They withstand being held to any concrete historical events, but rather try to capture a certain spirit of the present, which is characterized by the disappearance of the great political utopias.

Daniel Richter - Lonely Old Slogans at the 21er Haus is curated by Axel Köhne.
A programme of tours, talks and workshops accompanies the exhibition.

The exhibition is organized by the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, in collaboration with the 21er Haus, Vienna, and the Camden Arts Centre, London.

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