Gerhard Richter

Two Sculptures for a Room by Palermo

About this artwork

This is the only figurative sculpture that Richter has made. For it he made plaster casts of his own head and that of the German artist, Blinky Palermo. Richter had known Palermo since 1962 when they both attended the Düsseldorf Art Academy. Joseph Beuys’s favourite pupil, Palermo, had gone on to develop a form of minimalist, geometrical abstraction that was inspired by Romantic ideas of nature and spirituality. He became known for his mural paintings. Richter saw one of these in Munich and was immediately inspired to make this work as a sort of homage to his friend. The two busts are painted grey and sit on slender columns also painted grey. They face each other across the room, whose walls were originally painted by Palermo. Yet their eyes are closed. They are, however, united in spirit.

  • title:
    Two Sculptures for a Room by Palermo
  • accession number:
    AR00183
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  • materials:
    Painted plaster on painted wooden plinth
  • date created:
    1971
  • measurements:
    175.80 x 20.00 x 25.70 cm (overall display dimensions variable)
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
  • copyright:
    © Gerhard Richter
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms

Gerhard Richter

Gerhard Richter