Gerhard Richter: 100 Works for Berlin

01.04.2023 to 2026
Neue Nationalgalerie

The exhibition shows for the first time the long-term loan from the Gerhard Richter Art Foundation to the Neue Nationalgalerie.

The central work in the exhibition is the series Birkenau (2014), consisting of four large-format, abstract paintings. Birkenau is the result of Richter’s long and in-depth engagement with the Holocaust and the possibilities of representing it. The works are based on four photographs taken in the concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, which the artist transposed with charcoal and oil paint to four canvases before gradually painting over them abstractly. With each layer of paint, the depiction of the original drawing disappeared a little more, until it eventually became invisible. The work also includes a large four-part mirror, which is positioned opposite the four Birkenau canvases, creating another level of reflection.

Alongside the Birkenau series, other works from various phases of Richter’s career will be exhibited, among them Squatters’ House (1989), 4,900 Colors (2007), and Strip (2013/2016). There is also another large group of works from Richter’s striking series of overpainted photographs, in which the artist addresses the tension between photography and painting on a new level.

The presentation was developed in close collaboration with the artist. In the future, curatorial and artistic interventions by artists from various fields will present Gerhard Richter’s art in ever-new contexts.


The exhibition is curated by Joachim Jäger and Maike Steinkamp.

Media partners are: Monopol and Der Tagesspiegel

A special exhibition of the Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Gerhard Richter, Abstract painting (944-2), 2016, Oil on wood, 40 x 30 cm
On loan from the Gerhard Richter Art Foundation © Gerhard Richter 2023 (31032023)
Die Welt in deinem Blick

Projekttag | 180 Minuten | 90 Euro

Gerhard Richter, MV 133, 2011, Varnish on color photography, 10,1 x 15,1 cm
On loan from the Gerhard Richter Art Foundation © Gerhard Richter 2023 (31032023)
Ins Licht gerückt

Ausstellungsgespräch | 60 Minuten | 30 €

Gerhard Richter, Birkenau, 2014, oil on canvas, 260 x 200 cm
Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Leihgabe der Gerhard Richter Kunststiftung
Pinselstriche der Geschichte(n) ‒ Birkenau Zyklus

Projekttag | 180 Minuten | 90 Euro

© Gerhard Richter Kunststiftung
Painted History – Birkenau Cycle | Guided Tour

Neue Nationalgalerie
Guided tour (60 min)

Talk in the Gemäldegalerie
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Valerie Schmidt
Exterior view "Jazz in the Garden“, c. 1968
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstbibliothek / Photo: Ludwig Windstosser / Design: Studio Edgar Kandratian
Exhibition view „Tehching Hsieh. One Year Performance 1980-1981 (Time Clock Piece)“, Neue Nationalgalerie, 1. April– 30. Juli 2023
© the artist / Photo: Noshe | Near Future

01.04.2023 to 24.09.2023

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