Gerhard Richter Show Wows Mima Crowds
GERHARD Richter, one of the world's most acclaimed living artists, is proving a major draw at Middlesbrough's Institute of Modern Art mima. The exhibition Modern Times - which opened on August 28 and runs until November 15 -has already attracted nearly 8,000 visitors to the renowned gallery in Centre Square. And mima's attraction continues to extend beyond the boundaries of the gallery, with its third summer art fair drawing more than 2,000 visitors to the outdoor stalls of Ornament Is Crime? This year's event was curated by international artist Richard Slee and featured 80 stalls focusing on the themes of "ornamentation" and "decoration". Modern Times is one of the highlights of mima's 2009 exhibitions programme and features a varied and memorable selection of this extraordinary artist's work.
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. …