I didn't know what to expect when I visited the Gerhard Richter exhibition at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin a couple days ago. In fact, I must admit that it is only recently that I have first heard about Gerhard Richter. Before going to the exhibition, a friend who is an artist told me that she dislikes the hype around that particular artist and that there are many more nice paintings to be seen in Berlin but that no one talks about them.
I decided to go to the exhibition anyway, yet a bit disillusioned and expecting to see some crazy abstract paintings which I might not like. However, I was nicely surprised and after seeing this exhibition, I can understand why Gerhard Richter is being so praised.
I was surprised at his eclectic style going from abstract paintings to portraits, landscapes, objects, clouds, wild animals and even historical paintings. What astonished me the most is the way in which he paints people. Their faces, bodies and clothes look so real that it is hard to believe that these are not pictures taken with a camera. The painted persons have a great expression on their serious and sometimes melancholic faces. Objects also look very real in Gerhard Richter's paintings like in the painting of a candle in which one can almost feel the heat coming out of the flame by just looking at the picture.
A great exhibition worth seeing at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin!
Until May 13.