Film still from <em>Gerhard Richter Painting</em>

Film still from Gerhard Richter Painting

Goethe-Institut German Film Series: Gerhard Richter Painting

  • Sun 30 Apr 2017
  • 4—5:40PM
  • Len Lye Centre Cinema
  • Free entry thanks to the Goethe-Institut NZ
  • Free entry tickets will be re-allocated to waiting customers five minutes after screening start time
  • Hearing loop provided for the hearing impaired
  • Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked
  • Rated: G

A documentary on the world’s highest paid living artist producing his large-scale abstract squeegee works in his studio

In 2007, Corinna Belz made a short film called Gerhard Richter's Window where the media-shy artist appeared on camera for the first time in 15 years. In 2011, Belz's feature-length documentary entitled Gerhard Richter Painting Belz focuses her camera almost entirely on the world's highest paid living artist producing his large-scale abstract squeegee works in his studio.

He is considered one of the most important contemporary painters and “saved painting in the 21st century” (Süddeutsche Zeitung): Gerhard Richter, born in 1932 in Dresden, was trained at the Academy of Fine Arts there, and, after escaping to West Germany, at the National Academy of Arts in Düsseldorf. Since then, Richter has received numerous international awards, and his exhibitions have been celebrated around the world. The filmmaker Corinna Belz was able to observe the artist during his daily work in the studio; she documents the creative process of several paintings – up to the gallery opening in New York. With her sensitive curiosity she has created a unique documentary, far removed from all traditional portraits of artists, some of which are more academic than others.

DE, 2011, Colour and B&W, 101 min., Rated G
In German with English subtitles.
Dir. Corinna Belz

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