Feb. 1945 (881-1), 2002

Gerhard Richter

Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

Schlesischer Platz am Bahnhof Neustadt

Gerhard Richter, 14. Feb. 1945 (881-1), 2002
© Gerhard Richter 2024 (06022024), courtesy Gerhard Richter Archiv, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

Gerhard Richter´s image shows what follows the day after. Although the “14. Feb. 1945” refers to the destruction of Dresden, but the bombed Cologne is depicted, the artwork makes visible the fatal effects of nationalist tyranny and war throughout Germany. In the context of the present world situation, a connection can be made to current wars.

Gerhard Richter is one of the most important artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. His work spans almost six decades. The Gerhard Richter Archive of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden is intended as a centre for research, documentation and communication concerning the works of the artist, who was born in Dresden in 1932 and now lives in Cologne.