Gerhard Richter: Two Sculptures for a Room by Palermo
Tate Modern: Display
5 April 9 July 2013
Gerhard Richter, 'Two Sculptures for a Room by Palermo' 1971
Gerhard Richter
Two Sculptures for a Room by Palermo 1971
Original painted plaster on painted wooden plinth
object, each: 1758 x 200 x 257 mm
Overall display dimensions variable
Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008© Gerhard Richter

This room features Two Sculptures for a Room by Palermo from the ARTIST ROOMS collection, jointly held by Tate and National Galleries of Scotland, as part of the Energy and Process display at Tate Modern.

The displays in Energy and Process look at artists’ interest in transformation and natural forces. A central room focuses on sculpture of the late 1960s made from a diverse range of everyday materials – sometimes industrial, sometimes organic – rather than those associated with fine art. The Italian artists of Arte Povera produced work that explored changing physical states instead of representing things in the world, while in Japan and the United State the Mono Ha and Post-Minimalism movements looked for alternatives to a sleek technological aesthetic. Adjacent rooms show pioneering uses of commonplace things and activities. More recent work on display blurs the boundary between art and daily life in photography, film and installation.

Gerhard Richter was born in Germany in 1932.

ARTIST ROOMS is an inspirational collection of modern and contemporary art acquired for the nation by National Galleries of Scotland and Tate through the generosity of Anthony d’Offay. The collection was acquired with support from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund and the Scottish and British Governments. ARTIST ROOMS On Tour enables this collection to reach and inspire new audiences across the country, particularly young people.