The last big work by Gerhard Richter is made in the glass studio Gustav van Treeck: The “Bayerische Hofglasmalerei” (Royal Bavarian Studios for Glass Painting) realized the new artist windows for abbey church St. Mauritius in Tholey near Saarbrücken in a sophisticated level of design and craftsmanship.
Following Gerhard Richter’s drafts the three choir windows are handmade in the Munich workshops under the artistic direction of Katja Zukic and the technical direction of Raphaela Knein by nearly the whole team of glass painters and stained glass masters.
The church windows are based on artistically highly demanding templates that Gerhard Richter took from the 16-fold mirrored series of his digital work for the publication “Patterns – Devided – Mirrored – Repeated”.
Supported by intensive digital preparatory work, the Richter windows were manufactured as sandwich glazings using a wide range of glass painting techniques such as etching of hand-blown flashed glass, free paintings on float glass, screen printing and sandblasting.
Unlike the Cologne windows, Gerhard Richter presented the workshop with playful, detailed, and colorful drafts for Tholey as well as big creative and technical challenges.
The studio had to get the images onto the glass in an optimal way. The creative concept to use digital image processing to support the traditional craftsmanship took off – the paintings of Richter translated in glass are now illuminating one of German’s oldest abbeys.
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Motifs © Gerhard Richter 2020 („04082020“)