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Hans Richter

"Seen from a happy star, the universe must resemble a melody of forms and colors."


Notes of biography

Hans Richter was born in Berlin in 1888 and died in Switzerland in 1976. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin in 1908 and at the Weimar Academy in 1909. The exhibitions ‘Blaue Reiter’ and the first ‘Herbstsalon’ in 1913 permit him to come into contact with modern art. He supports the futurist manifesto of Marinetti and joins the Munich expressionism group constructed around the revue ’Die Aktion’ (Action).
Wounded in the war in 1916, he joins the Swiss and quickly becomes active with the Dada group. Tzara introduces him to the painter Eggeling with whom he will share a large conceptual identity on the future of painting. Richter collaborates in 1920 with the revue ‘De Stijl’ and he participates in the actives of the ‘Novembergruppe’ that see the rebuilding Germany as a spirit of justice and ‘a more intimate union of art and its people’.
From 1923 to 1926, he publishes with W Graeff and Lissitsky the revue ‘G’ (Gestaltung) dedicated to abstract film, with whom numerous Dadaistes will collaborate (Arp, Tzara, Man Ray, Kurt Schwitters, etc) and the Russian constructivists (Lissitsky, Naum Gabo, Pevsner, etc.). It seems that Hans Richter stops making art between 1926 and 1940.
In 1940, he goes to the United States. In New York, he becomes professor at City College, then director of the Film Institute. Several solo exhibitions bring together his work, notably in 1982; an itinerant retrospective of his dada work was exhibited in Berlin, Munich and Zurich. In 1944, Hans Richter produces (with Duchamp, Max Ernst, Calder, Man Ray and Fernand Leger) the feature film ‘Dreams that Money Can Buy’ and becomes famous for his abstract color sequences. Richter was a laboratory painter, like he was a laboratory film-maker.

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Bibliographic track and more

To read about the artist :
  • « Hans Richter », H. Read, Griffon, Neuchâtel, 1965
  • « Hans Richter », H. Read, Ed. du Griffon, Neuchâtel, 1965
  • « Hans Richter », Ed. Galleria del Cavallino, San Marco, 1965
  • « Hans Richter and Man Ray », Ed. Il Fauno, Galleria d'Arte, Torino, 1972
  • « H. Richter », Das Graphische Werk, Akademie der Kunst, Dresde, 1974
  • « Hans Richter, dessins et portraits dada », Musée de l'Abbaye Ste-Croix, 1978
  • « Dada et les dadaïsmes », coll. Folio Essais, Gallimard, Paris, 1993
  • « True artist and true friend », C. Fifield, Ed. Oxford University Press, 1993
  • « H. R. : Activism, Modernism… », Ed. Cambridge/London The MIT Press, 1998
  • « Hans Richter, la traversée du siècle », collectif, Ed. Centre Pompidou-Metz, 2013
To read from the artist :
  • « Dada : Kunst und Antikunst », 1964 / « Hans Richter by Hans Richter », 1971
  • « Encounters from Dada till today », Hans Richter, Ed. Prestel, 2013
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Art movements

+ DADAISM / 1916-1924 / Erwin Blumenfeld, Marcel Duchamp, Marcel Janco, Kurt Schwitters, Sophie Taueber-Arp, etc.
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