Richter “happy it wasn�t a failure”

Gerhard Richter’s Cologne Cathedral south transept window, unveiled this week with a special mass. Cologne, Germany.

On artnet, Kimberly Bradley reports: “Prior to the unveiling, some observers had thought Richter�s design too modern and abstract. But three clerestory windows in the south and north part of the chancel — produced around 1300 — contain a chessboard-like grid similar to Richter�s design. The artist wasn�t aware of this, but his new window links the eras. ‘What baffles me is how it fits into the rest of the church,’ said the cathedral�s master builder, Barbara Schock-Werner. ‘It looks like it�s always been here. And the light just flows through the colors.’ The usually reticent Richter, who claims he�s ‘happy it wasn�t a failure’ and that ‘it�s exciting that it�s an artwork that can�t just be taken down,’ has already been approached by the Cathedral of Reims, where French kings were once crowned, to design a window in that Gothic church.”Read more.

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