Gerhard Richter display wraps up

Art lovers staying in 5 star hotels in London may be interested in catching the final weeks of the Tate's exhibition Gerhard Richter: Panorama.

Set to close its doors on January 8th 2012, the exhibition marks the artist's 80th birthday with a retrospective display.

Considered one of today's most important painters, the exhibition gathers some of his most significant works that span nearly five decades.

"Since the 1960s, Richter has immersed himself in a rich and varied exploration of painting," commented the venue.

"Gerhard Richter: Panorama highlights the full extent of the artist's work, which has encompassed a diverse range of techniques and ideas."

The showcase of work includes realist paintings based on photographs, colourful abstractions such as the squeegee paintings, portraits, landscapes and history paintings."

Highlights include portraits of members and victims of the Nazi party, a piece on the World Trade Centre attacks, a landscape of the Alps, a triptych of cloud paintings, scull and candle paintings and portraits of the artist's wife and daughter.

Richter is known for exhibiting a wide array of styles and approaches, according to the gallery, with photo-realistic portraits and monochrome grey works to abstract depictions and colourful grids.

For those staying in central London hotels in the New Year, the Tate will is hosting Picasso and Modern British Art from February 15th to July 15th 2012.

"Picasso remains the twentieth century's single most important artistic figure, a towering genius who changed the face of modern art," remarked the gallery.

The new major exhibition will explore his legacy and how it influenced the British art scene, alongside the history of the artist and his connection with the UK.

It will feature over 150 artworks, including 60 pieces from the legendary abstract artist, such as Weeping Woman and The Three Dancers.

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