After a summer abroad, SLAM’s Richters return to the galleries

By | October 1, 2014

Betty ©Gerhard Richter, 2013

After spending the summer in Switzerland, Betty and other works by Gerhard Richter are back in the Art Museum’s East Building.

Betty and the three diptychs marking the fall of the Berlin Wall — November, December, and January — were temporarily on view at the Beyeler Foundation, which had organized a major retrospective exhibition of works by Richter. The loan was offered in the form of swap – our Richters for the Beyeler’s Rothkos – that was the basis for our recent exhibition, Tragic and Timeless.

The Richter paintings and other postwar German works once again are on view in Gallery 251.

The adjacent Galllery 250 also has been reinstalled to show works in the collection by German artist Joseph Beuys (like Felt Suit, Mountain King (Tunnel), 2 Planets, and Urbis II) as well as paintings by artists influenced by him, including Georg Baselitz, Jörg Immendorff, and Markus Lüpertz. (You might remember some of these works from Postwar German Art in the Collection, the inaugural exhibition in the East Building.)

The two galleries can fit just a fraction of the extraordinary German contemporary art in the Art Museum’s collection. As with many of the Museum’s galleries, you should expect the art in these spaces to rotate regularly – so make sure to check in on every visit.