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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Tate Modern : Gerhard Richter

Today we arrive Tate Modern – Gerhard Richter, for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

This gallery is dedicated to the works of German artist, Gerhard Richter. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!

1. Cage 1, 2006, by Gerhard Richter
2. Cage 5, 2006, by Gerhard Richter
3. Cage 3, 2006, by Gerhard Richter

image credit for artworks : Tate Modern

Some fun facts about the Museum : A collection by Gerhard Richter

  • This gallery constitutes a collection of 6 paintings by Gerhard Richter. Each of these were inspired by the music of John Cage. Cage was an iconic American post-war, avant-garde composer.
  • The paintings were created by Richter while he was listening to Cage’s music. Therefore, they are informally known as the Cage Paintings.
  • Richter has used his signature technique to create these works. First, he applied several layers of paint to the canvas. Then, with a squeegee, he would randomly wipe off certain parts, to reveal the layers below. The resultant works are abstract, textured and extremely tactile. Of course, this is an art museum, so we don’t recommend you try to touch the paintings. But do observe the distinct layers of paint.
  • These works are all on long-term loan to the Tate from a private collection. The were created between 2006-2007.

A Final Thought :

For art novices, it may be an interesting exercise to compare the works of Richter with those of Mark Rothko. We know that both painters are icons in the world of Abstraction. Yet their art cannot be more different stylistically. So, as you visit each of these rooms, as yourself :
– What are the core visual differences between Rothko and Richter’s art?
– How do the works make me feel?
– Which do I like better?


Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And what you should see there.

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