While in Zurich from1916-20 he pioneered the Dada movement with Hugo Ball, Tristan Tzara and others. In1940 he left Europe for the US and became an American citizen. His films include theseminal Dada film: Dadascope, and he produced a catalogue of films in collaborationwith Hans Arp, Calder, Duchamp, Ernst, Man Ray and others.
“Richter’s oeuvre always keeps us guessing and that is what makes him such a fascinating artist.”
Courtesy of Waterhouse & Dodd.
Waterhouse & Dodd are please to announce the first solo exhibition at their 16 Savile Row space. The show will be dedicated to the work of Hans Richter, a Dada icon whose visual art (painting, collage and film), writing, and personality helped form one of the most significant artistic movements of the 20th century.
The exhibition will comprise 30 works originally from the estate of the artist. The gallery will include work that spans Richter’s long career, from his earliest still life canvases through to his famous Dada head series, of which we have two delightful examples.
Hans Richter is well known both as a painter and filmmaker. While in Zurich from 1916-20 he pioneered the Dada movement with Hugo Ball, Tristan Tzara and others. In 1940 he left Europe for the US and became an American citizen. His films include the seminal Dada film: Dadascope, and he produced a catalogue of films in collaboration with Hans Arp, Calder, Duchamp, Ernst, Man Ray and others. His paintings are in the collections of the Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris as well as the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
In 1964 Hans Richter wrote the seminal text on Dada theory in “Dada, Art and Anti-Art.” Richter’s art is difficult to pigeon-hole, as it covers a myriad of styles. The beautifully painted, almost Nicholson-like, dreamscapes contradict with his anti-art of torn newspaper collages, which remind us of Mimmo Rotella and even Kurt Schwitters who Richter himself knew well. Richter’s oeuvre always keeps us guessing and that is what makes him such a fascinating artist to exhibit.