Hans Richter: Encounters examines the evolution of German artist Hans Richter’s practice based on his interaction with other artists, writers, filmmakers, and composers. In
Richter’s most significant retrospective since the 1980s, the
multidisciplinary exhibition showcases 175 works by the artist,
complemented by approximately sixty works by his contemporaries, including drawings, paintings, sculptures, scrolls, photographs, architectural models, ready-mades, wall reliefs, and films.
Born in Berlin in 1888, Richter attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin, the Academy in Weimar, and the Académie Julian in Paris. In 1914 after World War I broke out, he was inducted into the German army and was seriously wounded within a few months. Soon after being discharged from military service in 1916, Richter joined the Zurich Dada Group and participated in several group exhibitions. In 1921, he produced his first abstract film, Rhythmus 21, and in 1923, he established and managed the avant-garde magazine G: Material zur elementaren Gestaltung (G: Materials for Elemental Form-Creation). Avoiding the horrors of World War II in Europe, Richter emigrated to the United States and began teaching at the Institute of Film Techniques at the City College of New York. He continued collaborating with his contemporaries in different fields, such as Marcel Duchamp and John Cage, and in 1964 published his seminal book Dada: Art and Anti-Art, translated into nine languages. Throughout his career, Richter participated in over eighty exhibitions and is included in the collections of major museums across the world.
The 224-page catalogue Hans Richter: Encounters is co-published by LACMA and DelMonico Books/Prestel.
On the occasion of this exhibition and appearing in English for the first time is Encounters from Dada till Today by Hans Richter, which is being published as a print-on-demand and e-book by LACMA and DelMonico Books/Prestel in a translation by Christopher Middleton. First published in German in 1973, this volume documents in Richter’s own words the collaborative aspirations of a generation of modern artists — including
Joseph Cornell, Federico Fellini, and Hannah Höch, among others.
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