Serpentine Gallery presents major new artwork by Gerhard Richter.






Serpentine Gallery, London

Gerhard Richter
4900 Colours : Version II
Exhibition > 16 November 2008







Gerhard Richter is one of the world’s greatest living artists. since early 1960s, he has tirelessly explored the medium of painting at the time when many were heralding its death. He has produced a remarkably varied body of work, including photography-based portrait, landscape and still-life paintings; gestural and monochrome abstractions; and colour chart grid paintings.





Gerhard Richter


Gerhard Richter
4900 Colours: Version II, 2007
Enamel paint on Aludibond
49 Panels, each 97 97 cm
La Collection de la Fondation Louis Vuitton pour la création
© 2008 Gerhard Richter
Photograph: Sylvain Deleu






The Serpentine Gallery presents 4900 Colours, a major work compromising bright monochrome squares randomly arranged in a grid formation to create stunning sheets of kaleidoscopic colour. The 196 square panels of 25 coloured squares can be re-configured in a number of variations, from one large-scale piece to a multiple, smaller paintings. Richter has developed a version comprised of 49 especially for the Serpentine Gallery.

4900 Colours is parallel to Richter’s design for the south transept window of the Cologne Cathedral, which replaced the stained glass that was destroyed in World War II. The window, unveiled in August 2007, comprises 11,500 and-blown squares of glass in 72 colours that are derived from the palette of the original medieval glazing. The seemingly arbitrary distribution of colours was generated using a specially developed computer programme and this renewed interest in using chance to define composition led the artist to develop the concept for 4900 Colours.

Gerhard Richter

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Gerhard Richter
4900 Colours: Version II, 2007
Enamel paint on Aludibond
49 Panels, each 97 97 cm
La Collection de la Fondation Louis Vuitton pour la création
© 2008 Gerhard Richter
Photograph: Sylvain Deleu

Gerhard Richter


Gerhard Richter
4900 Colours: Version II, 2007
Enamel paint on Aludibond
49 Panels, each 97 97 cm
La Collection de la Fondation Louis Vuitton pour la création
© 2008 Gerhard Richter
Photograph: Sylvain Deleu



Richter produced the first in his series of grid paintings in 1966 in which he replicated, in large scale, industrial colour charts produced by paint manufacturers. As with the photo-paintings, the use of found material as a source removed the subjective compositional preferences of the artist, however, the Colour Chart Paintings took this a step further, eradicating any hierarchy of subject or representational intent, and focusing on colour to create an egalitarian language of art.

Since 1964, Richter has had more than 100 solo exhibitions worldwide. He represented Germany at the 36th Venice Biennale in 1972 and was the subject of a major touring retrospective, Forty Years of Painting, at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 2002


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