Daniel Richter

Daniel Richter

Daniel Richter was born in 1962 in Eutin (Germany). Today, he lives and works in Berlin. The artist has shaped painting in Germany since the 1990s as few others have done. In his large-scale oil paintings, Richter dovetails set pieces of art history, mass media and pop culture into idiosyncratic, narrative pictorial worlds. Daniel Richter studied 1992-1996 with Werner Büttner – one of the protagonists, along with Martin Kippenberger, of the revival of expressive trends in painting during the 1980s – at the Hamburg Academy of Fine Arts, and worked as assistant to Albert Oehlen. Initially, he did abstract paintings, with a cosmos of forms intensely colourful to the point of being psychedelic – somewhere between graffiti and intricate ornamentation.

Since 2002 he has painted large-scale scenes filled with figures, often inspired by reproductions from newspapers or history books. These show conflict and menace in excessive aggression and vitality. The symbolist painter James Ensor and the pioneer of expressionism, Edvard Munch, might be seen here as Richter's artistic forebears. The representation of artificial light, flashlight, thermal image or X-ray picture evokes an atmosphere of artificiality and nervosity. The theme of total surveillance seems to be an important motif in Richter's œuvre – the association with infra-red and thermal imaging cameras is unavoidable, revealing a paranoid view. Richter's subjects suggest allusion to current politics, but on closer inspection, we see that this is not so.



Art prize, Finkenwerder



Sponsorship award for young art, Schleswig-Holstein



Art Prize, Bremen



Otto Dix Prize, Gera

Solo exhibitions


So Long, Daddy. Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, AT



Bavid Dowie, Kunsthaus, Stade, DE

I Should Have Known Better, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London, UK



Le Freak, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France

Lonely Old Slogans, Camden Arts Center, London, UK

Lonely Old Slogans, 21-er Haus Museum of Contemporary Art, Vienna, Austria

Im Atelier Liebermann: Daniel Richter/Jack Bilbo, Max Liebermann Stiftung, Berlin, Germany

Music for Orgies, GRIMM, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Grafik für Alles, Galerie Sabine Kunst, Munich, Germany



Lonely Old Slogans, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark

Wild Thing, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, California, USA

Half-Naked Truth, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria



Hello, I love you, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany



spandrillen – mamillen – ronald, Kunstverein Augsburg, Germany

Chromos goo bugly, Galerie im Taxispalais des Landres Tirol, Innsbruck, Austria



Daniel Richter 6 Neue Bilder, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany

Esbjerg Art Museum, Esbjerg, Denmark



Voyage, Voyage, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France

A concert of purpose and action, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, USA



10001nacht, Contemporary Fine Arts. Berlin, Germany

Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover, Germany



ANTI AWAY, Regina Gallery, Moscow, Russia

Spagotzen, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria

Museum der Moderne/Rupertinum, Salzburg, Austria



Imitators be there, Galerie Haas, Zurich, Switzerland

Essl Museum, Klosterneuberg/Vienna, Austria

Love Parade, Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen, Denmark

„Oh la la,“ Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany

Kunstpreis Finkenwerder 2009, Kunsthaus Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany



A Major Survey, Denver Art Museum, Denver, USA

Die Palette, CAC Malaga Centro de Arte, Malaga, Spain

Die Idealisten, David Zwirner, New York, USA

Rock und Polizei, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, USA



Daniel Richter, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany; Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, Netherlands



Grimm Fine Art, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Huntergrund, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, Switzerland

Daniel Richter und Uwe Lausen, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany

Die Peitsche der Erinnerung, with Jonathan Meese, Kunsthaus Stade, Stade; E-Werk, Freiberg, Kunstverein Rosenheim, Rosenheim; Helms Museum, Hamburg, Germany



Acht Stunden sing kein Tag, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany

Pink Flag – White Horse, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada



The Morning After, David Zwirner Gallery, New York, USA

White Horse Pink Flag, The Power Plant, Toronto; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada



Hirn, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany

Daniel Richter, Bernier/Eliades Gallery, Athens, Greece



Grünspan, K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany



Billard um halb Zehn, Kunsthalle, Kiel, Germany
La Cause du Peuple, Patrick Painter Inc., Los Angeles, USA



Für Immer, mit Tal R, Society for Contemporary Art in Bremen, Bremen, Germany
Die Frau, Rock’n’Roll, Tod – nein danke!, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany

Je ne suis pas un robot, Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris, France



Fool on a Hill, Galerie Johnen & Schöttle, Cologne, Germany

Experiment Freund, Galerie Freund/Wind, Vienna, Austria



Organisierte Kriminalität, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany



17 Jahre Nasenbluten, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany



Neue Bilder, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany


Group exhibitions


Radical Figures: Painting in the New Millennium, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK


Jonathan Meese, Albert Oehlen, Daniel Richter. Works from the Hall Foundation, Hall Art Foundation, Schloss Derneburg, Derneburg, Germany

Jonathan Meese, Daniel Richter, Tal R: The Men Who Fell from Earth, EMMA, Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, Finland

Izvor Pende & Daniel Richter: Swimming Together, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb


Across Boundaries, Draiflessen Collection, Mettingen, Germany

The Art of Recollecting, G2 Kunsthalle, Leipzig, Germany

Jonathan Meese, Daniel Richter, Tal R.: David Bowie, Kunsthaus Stade, Stade, Germany

This and That: Some Recent Acquisitions, Hall Art Foundation, Schloss Derneburg, Derneburg, Germany

Daniel Richter, Izvor Pende: Plivati zajedno, MMSU, Rijeka, Croatia

Musik für die Orgien, Galerie Grimm, Amsterdam, Netherlands



Swimming Together: Izvor Pende and Daniel Richter, Museum of Fine Arts, Split, Croatia,

German Encounters: Contemporary Masterworks from the Deutsche Bank Collection, Garage Gallery, Fire Station, Doha, Qatar
The Men Who Fell from Earth, Holstebro Kunstmuseum, Holstebro, Denmark
Im Atelier Liebermann: Daniel Richter/Jack Bilbo, Stiftung Brandenburger Tor, Max Liebermann Haus, Berlin, Germany



A Question of Perspective, GRIMM, Amsterdam, Netherlands



Eurasia: A View on Painting, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Pantin, France

Unendlicher Spass, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankffurt, Germany

Landschaft nach 2000, Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirchem, Osnabrück, Germany



DISASTER, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Pantin, France

Why Painting Now, Curated by_vienna, Vienna, Austria

Von Georg Baselitz bis Daniel Richter, Lyonel-Feininger Galerie, Quedlinburg, Germany

Dritte Welle - Die Gruppe SPUR, der Pop und die Politik, Kunsthalle Kiel, Kiel, Germany

Papierarbeiten II - 70er Jahre bis heute, Galerie Max Weber Six Fiedrich, Munich, Germany



Es lebe die Malerei! Junge Kunst aus der Sammlung Essl, Essl Collection, Klosterneuburg, Austria

Nightfall, Modemart, Debrecen, Hungary

HEUTE MALEREI, Kunstmuseum Magdeburg, Germany

Art and Press, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany

Gewoon Schilderen, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, Netherlands



Berlin zeichnet! , Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche, Osnabrück ; Festival der Tiere, Essl Collection, Klosterneuburg, Austria



Hareng Saur: Ensor and Contemporary Art, S.M.A.K. Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent, Belgium

Permanent Trouble. Kunst aus der Sammlung Kopp München, Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie, Regensburg, Germany

Disquieted, Portland Art Musuem, Portland, USA



60 Jahre – 60 Werke – Kunst aus der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany

Ferne Nähe – Natur in der Kunst der Gegenwart, Art Museum, Bonn, Germany



Olaf Metzel, Markus Oehlen, Daniel Richter – Pictures, Galerie Andreas Höhne, Munich, Germany



Passion for Art, Essl Museum in Klosterneuburg, Austria

Der Symbolismus und die Kunst der Gegenwart, Van der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal, Germany



Styles und Stile. Aktuelle Malerei aus Deutschland aus der Sammlung Scharpff, Goethe, Institut Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria

La nouvelle peinture Allemande, Le Musée d’Art Contemporain, Nîmes, France

Daniel Richter / Jonathan Meese, Kunsthaus, Stade, Germany

Falckenberg Collection, City Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland



Tokyo - Berlin / Berlin – Tokyo, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan; Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany



Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany



Heißkalt – Aktuelle Kunst aus der Sammlung Scharpff , Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany

Berlin – Moskau / Moskau – Berlin 1950 – 2000, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany

Ludwig Richter und seine Schüler + Daniel Richter, Academy of Fine Arts, Dresden, Germany



Preis der Nationalgalerie, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany



Vantage Point, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland

Painting 2001, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK



Europe - Different Perspectives in Painting, MuMi Museo Michetti, Francavilla al Mare, Italy

SALON, Delfina Project Space, London, UK

German Festival in India, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai; Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata; Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore; National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, India



Richter Bohlen Koether, Galerie Freund / Wind, ViennaScorpio Rising, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany

Officina Europa, Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy
Mozart on Television - New Painting from German, Deitch Projects, New York, USA

Gallery Swap - Contemporary Fine Arts at Sadie Coles, Sadie Coles SQ, London, UK



Punch In Out, Kunsthaus, Hamburg, Germanx

Albert Oehlen, Kunsthalle, Basel, Switzerland



Scharfer Blick, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany



Public and private collections

Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg/Vienna

Vanhaerents Art Collection Brussels

National Gallery of Canada Ottawa

Louisiana Museum

Centre Pompidou Paris
Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg

Kunsthalle Kiel
Kunsthalle Hamburg
Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin
Sammlung Boros Berlin
Kunsthalle Bonn
Städel Museum Frankfurt
Kunsthalle Stuttgart
Museum der Bildenden Künste Leipzig
Gemeente Museum Den Haag
Collection of the Federal Republic of Germany
Deutsche Bank Collection Frankfurt



Gemeentemuseum, The Hague

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York
Denver Art Museum