Donopoulos International Fine Arts is delighted to present an exhibition of new and recent works by German-American sculptor Kai Richter at our 9 E. 53rd Street location in New York.

‘Big Bang’ delves into the concept of artistic creation as a form of appropriation, a theme Richter innovatively reinterprets. Echoing Marcel Duchamp’s idea of readymades, Richter transforms ordinary objects into captivating art pieces. His method spans a spectrum from repurposing everyday items to creatively using construction materials, infusing each with profound meaning and context.

The exhibition showcases Richter’s mastery in working with diverse materials, including unaltered sheet metal, steel, concrete rings, and dynamically altered Doka beams and scaffolding poles. These pieces invite viewers to perceive the ordinary in extraordinary ways, actualizing the past within the present context.

‘Big Bang’ highlights Richter’s unique artistic vision, challenging viewers to rethink the boundaries between the mundane and the artistic. His innovative approach redefines everyday objects, merging them with the realm of high art. This transformative ability showcases Richter’s significant influence in contemporary art, making ‘Big Bang’ a seminal experience for art lovers and enthusiasts.

Kai Richter was born in Munich, Germany. He studied art history, philosophy, English literature, and Fine Arts at the Art Academies of Münster and Düsseldorf. He has been a lecturer at the Peter Behrens School of Art, Düsseldorf, since 2008. He has received numerous awards and grants, including the Neustart Kultur grant from Stiftung Kunstfonds, Bonn (2022), Auf Gehts Scholarship (2020-2021), Artist in Residence at CCA Andratx in Mallorca, Spain, and Lichtenberg, Berlin. He has been nominated for the Blooom Award at Art Düsseldorf and has won the Henri Kahnweiler Prize for Sculpture and a Travel Scholarship to Finland from the City of Düsseldorf, among others. Richter’s works are included in the collections of the Museum of Concrete Art in Ingolstadt, Kolumba, Art Museum of the Archdiocese of Cologne, and the Kunsthalle Mannheim.


Yannis Bolis
Art historian