Munich: Lenbachhaus (STÄDTISCHE GALERIE IM LENBACHHAUS UND KUNSTBAU MÜNCHEN) revisit “Gerhard Richter “Atlas Mikromega”

by Venetia Kapernekas

at Kunstbau



photo: courtesy of Lenbachhaus (published photo)

The title MICROMEGA (Greek for smalllarge) is meant to express this salient aspect of the ATLAS as a work of art. It refers to Voltaire’s “Micromégas: A Philosophical History,” a short story published in 1752 that speculates about the relative dimensions of reality.”

…In the early 1960s, Gerhard Richter starts collecting for his ATLAS thousands of photographs, newspaper clippings, sketches, and collages, which he groups based on formal criteria as well as content. He then consolidates several—sometimes dozens—of the resulting plates into blocks of imagery.

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