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Gerhard Richter "October 18, 1977" Scrapbook

in The Museum of Modern Art Archives

The Museum of Modern Art Archives
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019-5497
© 2022
The Museum of Modern Art Museum Archives
Finding aid prepared by Jonathan Lill, 2022.

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Richter, Gerhard, 1932-
Title: Gerhard Richter October 18, 1977 Scrapbook
Inclusive Dates: 1966–1996
Quantity: 1 Volumes
12.5 x 11 x 3.5 inches
Abstract: A binder of research materials accumulated by the artist Gerhard Richter during his 1988 creation of the fifteen-painting series October 18, 1977. Materials include photocopied and duplicated images and documents, with some original correspondence.

Biographical Note

Painter Gerhard Richter was born in 1932 in Dresden, Germany and rose to prominence in the 1960s and 1970s in West Germany. In 1988 he created a series of fifteen paintings baseed on the notorious deaths in a Stuttgart prison of Andreas Baader, Jan-Carl Raspe, and Gudrun Ensslin, members of a coalition of young political radicals and terrorists led by Baader and Ulrike Meinhof and sometimes referred to as the Baader-Meinhof group. That group of paintings, titled October 18, 1977 after the date of Baader and the others' deaths, is now in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art, object numbers 169.1995.a-o.

Scope and Content Note

The scrapbook is a thick, 3.5 inch wide single volume two-ring binder assembled by Gerhard Richter during and after the creation of his series of works October 18, 1977 and whose contents document or pertain to the original deaths of members of the Baader-Meinhof group in 1977, or to the exhibition of Richter's completed paintings in 1988 and after. Contents include polypropelene sleeves containing numerous photocopies of photographs (both front and back), most apparently from police, government, or journalistic sources; mounted copy prints of (apparent) police images; photocopies of contemporaneous magazine and news articles; photocopies of reviews and articles reacting to Richters paintings; installation photographs and 35mm slides of the paintings in Richter's studio and from various exhibitions; and original correspondence, marked "various letters (important and not important)", received by Richter from 1988 through the early 1990's.


Conditions Governing Access

The records are open for research and contain no restricted materials.

Ownership and Literary Rights

Researchers intending to use this material for publication or exhibition should inform the artist of their intentions as a matter of courtesy. Letters describing the nature of their research and the final product may be sent to The Museum of Modern Art Archives, 11 W. 53rd Street, New York, N.Y. 10019. MoMA Archives will forward these letters to the artist.

Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in DADABASE, the library catalog of The Museum of Modern Art. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.
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Administrative Information

Provenance Note

Gerhard Richter gave the scrapbook to Robert Storr, likely around 1995 when MoMA aquired the entire series, when Storr was senior curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture. When Storr left the Museum in 2002 the scrapbook was transferred to the Museum Archives with the artist's permission.