Paulina Pobocha on Gerhard Richter’s October 18, 1977

A curator reflects on the 1988 painting series and its relationship to history painting, national trauma, and the impossibility of forgetting.
Jan 15, 2021

In our latest online edition of MoMA’s ArtSpeaks program, a member of our staff shares personal impressions of an artwork in the galleries. Here, Paulina Pobocha, an associate curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture, talks about one of the “most significant works made during the second half of the 20th century”: October 18, 1977 (1988), Gerhard Richter’s contemporary take on history painting.

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