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Espace Louis Vuitton Osaka: Gerhard Richter

Espace Louis Vuitton Osaka: Gerhard Richter

From November 19th, 2021 to April 17th, 2022, the Espace Louis Vuitton Osaka presents German artist Gerhard Richter’s exhibition "Abstrakt".

Gerhard Richter took on photography in the early 1960s and began using it to question painting and the purpose of art in the spirit of Capitalist Realism that he asserted in his initial exhibitions. The experience of WWII left an impression on the artist, and photography seemed to offer the necessary distance to address subjects where politics and history have a direct effect on the personal sphere. His first abstract works date back to the mid-1960s, and he continues to alternate them with figurative pieces to this day. Beginning in the late 1970s, Richter’s use of color became generous, striking, and obviously driven by a pleasure principle that emerged more clearly throughout the 1980s. He has also developed various textures using a variety of tools such as paint brushes, spatulas and brushes of different sizes.

Richter actively revisits his early career, as well as – and not without ironic distance – the history of painting, romantic and sublime themes, and geometrical and lyrical abstraction. More than a parallel approach, the coexistence between figuration and abstraction he cherishes emerges as a mise en abyme. Material depth reverberates through the scratched surface and photographed elements glimpsed through transparent layers, while mental depth is materialized through titles that suggest atmospheres, natural elements or first names. Far from being simplistic and conceptual, this research of a lifetime reaches its extreme in its hesitation between erasure and unveiling.


Carrying out the Fondation’s mission to reach a broader public through exclusive international projects, Gerhard Richter’s works are presented within the framework of the ongoing “Hors-les-murs” program. The collection features 18 abstract pieces, retracing more than 30 years of creation. Two of these artworks, 940-4 Abstraktes Bild and 941-7 Abstraktes Bild (2015), are presented for the first time.

Espace Louis Vuitton Osaka
Louis Vuitton Maison Osaka Midosuji 5F 2-8-16, Shinsaibashi-suji
Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0085
Phone: +81 3 3515 0855 / 0120 00 1854
Monday – Sunday: Noon to 8 pm
Free admission

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