Gerhard Richter show wows mima crowds.
The exhibition draws upon Artist Rooms, a new national collection of international contemporary art donated jointly to National Galleries of Scotland and Tate by Anthony d'Offay.
The project has been devised to reach and inspire new audiences across the country, particularly of young people. The collection of 725 works, valued at more than pounds 125m, represents one of the most important holdings of post-war and contemporary international art in private hands.
It was assembled over more than 30 years by Anthony d'Offay, whose London galleries played a key role in the promotion and understanding of 20th century art in the UK. mima is one of 18 major museums and galleries across the UK which will be showing more than 30 Artist Rooms exhibitions throughout 2009, presenting many works never before seen in public.
This is the first time a national collection has been shared and shown simultaneously across the UK, and has only been made possible through the generosity of independent charity The Art Fund and, in Scotland, of the Scottish Government.
Gerhard Richter was born in Dresden in 1932 and went on to study art in Dsseldorf from 1961 until 1964.
In the early 1960s he began working with an artistic collective The Capitalist Realists. Their work, and Richter's in particular, became highly influential both in Germany and in international art circles. Said to have 'brought painting back to life', he has become one of the most sought-after contemporary artists. His chosen subject matter varies from ridiculous, to tragic, to beautiful renditions of the ordinary. Instead, his works remain ambiguous to his interpretation, leaving admirers and critics guessing.
Currently living and working in Cologne, Richter is recognised as a major influence in the world of modern art world and was recently commissioned to design a stained glass window for the historic Cologne Cathedral.
For this exhibition mima is expanding its existing education and public programme to create enhanced opportunities to work with 14-21 year olds. The Modern Times - a newspaper designed by and for young people - will present new ways of looking at the exhibition through news, interviews, photographs, thoughts, and comments, and is being distributed free to 48,000 homes in Middlesbrough.
Councillor Dave Budd, Middlesbrough Council's executive member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: "This unique and distinctive collection of Gerhard Richter's work is a major coup for both mima and the town and builds on mima's growing reputation as a centre for excellence. "I'm particularly pleased that young people are becoming increasingly involved with mima, but this is an exhibition for everyone, and that is already reflected in the very impressive visitor figures.
"I have no doubt many thousands more will come through the doors over the coming months - and for those who aren't sure, the gallery's regular free talks and other events offer a great insight into the world of modern art."
. Gallery Opening times: Tues, Wed, Fri and Sat 10am-5pm, Thurs 10am-8pm (free parking from 4pm), Sun Noon-4pm, Closed Monday For further information telephone 01642 726720, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.visitmima.com
mima marketing assistant, Kirsty Bullock and the Two Sculptures For A Room artwork by Gerhard Richter, left, and Watercolours by Gerhard Richter, above, both from the Modern Times exhibition at mima
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|Publication:||Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)|
|Date:||Sep 14, 2009|
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