Evelyn Richter’s Work on Display at the Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf

In autumn 2022 the Kunstpalast will be showing a comprehensive exhibition on the oeuvre of Evelyn Richter.
Richter, who died in Dresden in October 2021 at the age of 91, ranks among the most eminent photographers in Germany. In 2020 she was awarded the newly founded Bernd and Hilla Becher Prize of the City of Düsseldorf for lifetime achievement.
In her working life spanning more than 50 years, Richter documented eastern Germany life both critically and empathically, invariably directing the focus on the human being.

The exhibition is the first in-depth introduction to Richter’s oeuvre offered by a museum in western Germany. The show presents all major groups of works from the early stages of her career through to the turn of the millennium, including a number of extensive series on visitors of exhibitions in museums from Moscow to Berlin, on artists at work, especially musicians, on people in transit on national and regional trains, as well as a series on the theme of work, in which Richter particularly focused on women and apprentices.

The exhibition also includes a number of Richter’s applied works, including her book project on the subject of early childhood development, for which she invited renowned fellow photographers, ranging from Helga Paris to Christian Borchert, to participate. Furthermore, the presentation offers insights into commissioned journalistic coverage, which has never been shown publicly before.

The show is complemented by archive material relating, among other topics, to the reception of Richter’s work in western Germany.

The project is a collaboration between the Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, the Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig and the Evelyn Richter Archiv der Ostdeutschen Sparkassenstiftung im Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig.
The exhibition in Düsseldorf is curated by Linda Conze.

About the Author

Evelyn Richter (31 January 1930 – 10 October 2021) was a German art photographer known primarily for social documentary photography work in East Germany. She is notable for her black & white photography in which she documented working-class life, and which often showed influences of Dadaism and futurism. Her photography is focused on people in everyday life, including children, workers (especially women), artists and musicians.

A portrait of Evelyn Richter

She taught photography both at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig, where she had studied, from 1981, as in the 1990s, at the Fachhochschule in Bielefeld. Her work became known internationally only after German reunification.
She received awards such as the Culture Award from the German Society for Photography, the Art Prize of Dresden, and the Bernd und Hilla Becher-Preis for her life’s work. (via Wikipedia.org)

Evelyn Richter
SEP 22,2022 – JAN 08,2023

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