Gerhard Richter – always a citizen of Dresden at the heart

On 8th of June, the painter Gerhard Richter will be honored for his artistic life’s work with the European Cultural Award TAURUS in the Church of Our Lady. Gerhard Richter’s decision to keep the Gerhard Richter Archive, founded in 2006 by the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, permanently in Dresden has further underpinned Dresden’s reputation as a city of culture and demonstrates its close ties to its home city.
So, it is a great honor and above all a pleasure for Prof. Marion Ackermann, General Director of the Kunstsammlungen Dresden, to be able to hand over the TAURUS personally to the internationally famous artist at the Dresden´s Church of our Lady.  “When the Gerhard Richter Archive was founded 12 years ago at the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, this was a commitment by the great artist to his home town as the place of formative artistic and cultural influences in the first three decades of his life – whether at the university, in exchange with other artists of his generation and last but not least in the city’s important museums. In the West, on the other hand, his experiences in the lively art scene of the Rhineland, also with American conceptual art, paved his own way to abstract painting. Gerhard Richter is an artist between East and West, a truly European artist. Over the past 12 years, he has expressed his deep affinity with Dresden and especially with the State Art Collections, not only through his constant support for the development of the archive, but also through numerous exhibitions of his works which he has curated,” says Prof. Marion Ackermann.