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Contemporary Fine Arts Berlin : DANIEL RICHTER - 100001nacht - 12 Nov 2011 to 17 Dec 2011

Current Exhibition

12 Nov 2011 to 17 Dec 2011
Tue - Fri 10 - 1 and 2 - 6 Sat 11 - 5
Contemporary Fine Arts Berlin
Am Kupfergraben 10
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Daniel Richter: Besuch der Wirklichkeit (Detail), 2010
Oil on canvas; 200 x 300 cm
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Artists in this exhibition: DANIEL RICHTER

DANIEL RICHTER - 100001nacht

12 Novemer - 17 December 2011

In his new works Daniel Richter (*1962 in Eutin) is concerned with stories that deal with conflicts. Fictive landscapes are the setting for allegorical duels embodying contrary positions: anarchy in contrast to the state, dominance as against oppression, the nomadic versus the sedentary. These no-win situations are enriched by formal contradictions. The paintings are determined by the line, which originally belonged to the medium of drawing. Richter, however, uses it in a painterly manner and gives his canvases lines of color that recall Edvard Munch or Gustav Klimt. Elsewhere he uses the line graphically and quotes cartographic or seismological charts.

The landscapes look as if they could have been inspired by Marlboro Country, books of fairytales or travel brochures. Deliberately ambiguous figures have been placed into these artificial tracts of land. Are they man or woman? Friend or foe? The ambivalence is strengthened in that people from different cultures come together in a single painting: turbaned nomads and cowboys; East meets West; Taliban meet Americans. The new works take the viewer on a complex journey through time and around the world, and Daniel Richter leaves it up to the individual to find a way through. The title of the exhibition, 10001 Nights, is a reference to many-layered narratives, for which the Thousand and One Nights is only one basis.

Daniel Richter was a student of Werner Büttner at the University of Fine Arts (HFBK) in Hamburg from 1991 to 1995. He has worked as an assistant to Albert Oehlen and has held a professorship at the Academy of Visual Arts in Vienna since 2006. His work can be found in the Musuem of Modern Art in New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Boros Collection in Berlin, the Falckenberg Collection in Hamburg, and elsewhere. Daniel Richter has had solo exhibitions at the Kunstmuseum Basel, the Kunsthalle Hamburg, the Denver Art Museum and the Museum der Moderne Salzburg.

To mark the exhibition an edition has been issued with the motif »Army of Traitors« in two different colorings, 25 of each, 50 x 70 cm, lithograph on stone.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue in German and English, with a foreword by Veit Görner and texts by Kito Nedo, Anders Kold and Susanne Figner, published by Snoeck Verlag, Cologne. 88 pages, 39,80 Euro.

Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Salzburg Paris; Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin
Photo: Jochen Littkemann, Berlin
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2011

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