Murdered Aunt, Ghostly Nudes Star in Gerhard Richter Exhibit

An undated handout photo provided to the media on Friday, Feb. 27, 2009, shows a painting by Gerhard Richter, entitled ''Betty'' 1988

Early in the splendid new “Gerhard Richter Portraits” exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London you come across a painting titled “Aunt Marianne” (1965).

At first glance, it’s an innocuous enough image. A girl in her teens holds a baby in her arms. She’s smiling shyly, he’s frowning, perhaps just about to bawl. In the background are dark blurred shapes, perhaps trees in a garden.

Those shadows, though, may just as well have been the ominous forces of mid 20th-century history closing in. The little boy is Gerhard Richter himself, born in Germany in 1932. The teenager is his mother’s sister, then 14 years old.


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Deutsche Bank donated 600 works of contemporary art

Deutsche Bank AG. Frankfurt, Germany

Deutsche Bank AG, the largest German bank donated 600 works of painting and graphic art to the Frankfurt Staedel. They include works by such artists as Anselm Kiefer, Gerhard Richter and Sigmar Polke.

Till now these works were kept in the corporate collection of bank comprising more than 53 000 exhibits of painting, graphic art and applied art of different epochs.