Hans Richter


Hans (Johannes Siegfried) Richter (6 April 1888 – 1 February 1976) was a German Dada painter, graphic artist, avant-garde film producer, and art historian. In 1965 he authored the book Dadaism about the history of the Dada movement. He was born in Berlin into a well-to-do family and died in Minusio, near Locarno, Switzerland.

From Expressionism through Dadaism, Constructivism and Neoplasticism, he was one of the major figures of avant-garde art in the 1910s and 1920s and a catalyst for intellectuals and artists in many disciplines. Richter helped organise exhibitions which revived interest in Dada, both in the United States and Europe. In 1956 he made Dadascope, a film dedicated to Dada poetry.

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Richter began as a painter, and later experimented with a variety of techniques, including painting, drawing, watercolour, collage, relief and mosaic, using wood, metal, cardboard, paper, acrylic paint, glass and other materials. A significant part of his work was as a filmmaker, but despite this, which sometimes entirely replaced the painting or limited it, Richter considered himself primarily a painter.

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Artist, author, cinematographer, graphic artist, painter, poet, publicist, teacher, theorist, writer

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Hans Richter, Hans Richter II, Hans Siegfried Richter, II Hans Richter, Johann Siegfried Richter, Johannes Richter, Johannes Siegfried Richter

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