Gerhard Richter at the Met Breuer

I redesigned gallery space on the 4th floor of the Met Breuer to facilitate and encourage museum visitors to learn more about Gerhard Richter’s work and develop a better understanding and appreciation for the art and artist.

The redesign explores ways to leverage technology to tell stories about the artwork, artist and process, with the specific goal of facilitating greater visitor engagement that allows for the visitors to become active participants and learn more about Richter’s work.

Exhibition Design, 3D Renderings

3D Print Painting 

The gray piece on the right represents a 3D print of the color painting it hangs next to. Richter’s paintings have so many layers of paint which creates a very textured surface I’ve always been tempted to touch. I love that this invites you people to “touch a painting” in a way that feels totally subversive.

Learning through touch also provides visual information to the blind, allowing people to access content that is otherwise unavailable.

“Behind the scenes”

This space occupies two sides of a wall divider. One side of the wall has a painting by Richter, and the other has a large screen showing Richter paint this work. I’m excited about this “behind the scenes” look that allows people to watch the evolution of the painting. Richter’s process is really physical and I think showing his body at human scale working on the painting is provides a powerful insight to how he achieves the textural layered aesthetic in his paintings. It’s a way to inform people about his process, and by watching him you get a sense of his personality too.

A spot to sit and read
I find that it’s rare for people to feel good about sitting down in a museum - the only place you’re supposed to sit is in a dark room playing a movie. I want this to be area to be a place to re-energize and digest while info is still available by flipping through a book or watching the screen.

Art history class podiums

These podiums contain virtual “art history classes.”
I think it would be valuable to task a group of people—representing a diverse range of backgrounds and opinions—to “teach” the collection. This could be done with a combination of videos, slides, text, audio clips and more.