Germany Is Celebrating Gerhard Richter’s 90th Birthday With a Bonanza of Exhibitions. Here’s What to See

Gerhard Richter, Birkenau Cycle (2014). © SPK / / Xander Heinl/ © Gerhard Richter 2021.

The world-famous artist Gerhard Richter turns 90 today, February 9, and Germany is celebrating his legacy with a group of exhibitions offering new angles on his decades-long career.

The trio of shows take place across three regions where the artist has strong connections.

In his hometown of Dresden, the artist has curated a show of personal works; in his current residential state of the North Rhine Westphalia, a museum-quality show of drawings, his current preferred medium, is on view at the commercial gallery Sies and Höke; and the to-be benefactor of much of his work, the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, is also tipping its hat to the artist via an unprecedented look at his artist books.

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