Gerhard Richter BIRKENAU

Gerhard Richter BIRKENAU

Visits individual visitors:the exhibition can be visited during guided tours at 9.00, 12.00 and 15.00 from Monday to Friday. Visitors can also make an appointment outside regular visiting hours by contacting the IYMC reception in advance.

Visits for groups:the exhibition can be visited from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visits must be arranged with the IYMC reception at least one day in advance. It is also possible to make an appointment outside regular visiting hours.

Contact:, +48 33 843 21 07

In the Gerhard Richter BIRKENAU exhibition pavilion, one of the editions of the "Birkenau" series is exhibited: four abstract compositions made using a unique technique of printing on metal plates, as well as an eight-meter gray mirror and copies of four photographs taken clandestinely by members of the Sonderkommando in 1944 near gas chamber and crematorium V in Birkenau.

These four photographs, taken clandestinely and risking their lives in 1944 by Sonderkommando prisoners, are regarded as the only photographic documentation of the Holocaust - women on the way to the gas chamber and burning of the bodies of Jewish people in Auschwitz. For Gerhard Richter, they served as the starting point and basis for the works "Images from Birkenau," created in 2014 - impressed by the impact these photos had on him years ago, he decided to revisit the subject by creating four large abstract paintings. Copies of the original artwork accompany the exhibition, one of which Gerhard Richter decided to donate to the International Auschwitz Committee in 2020 as a donation for an exhibition in Oświęcim.

The Gerhard Richter BIRKENAU exhibition pavilion was designed by Gerhard Richter and Sabine Moritz-Richter. Its concept was developed in collaboration with Christoph Heubner, the International Auschwitz Committee, the Foundation for the International Youth Meeting Center in Oświęcim, and the City of Oświęcim. The architectural project of the building by Gerhard Richter was supervised and executed by architect Edwin Heinz – GMS Architekten PartGmbB, Isny / Allgäu, and the architectural firm Susuł & Strama Architekci, Oświęcim. The creation of the Gerhard Richter BIRKENAU pavilion was made possible thanks to a donation from Volkswagen AG.

Gerhard Richter is one of the most recognizable German artists. He works in painting, photography, and sculpture, often using photographs as a model for his paintings. 

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