Steve Reich/Gerhard Richter

Abstract painting 946-3 by Gerhard Richter

Steve Reich and Gerhard Richter – two giants of contemporary culture – come together in a major new collaboration: a cinematic exploration of Richter’s intense, abstract painting 946-3.

Steve Reich: the composer who redefined the very concept of rhythm – and whose vitality interrogates and transforms everything it touches. Gerhard Richter: a titan of contemporary art, a master of light capable of charging abstract forms with intense emotional power.

Together with Britten Sinfonia they’ve combined original music and digital visuals, algorithmically derived from Richter’s painting, to create an artwork that is boundlessly more than the sum of its parts. ‘A stream of images, its rhythmic flow interpreted by music and, at the same time, a musical composition visualized by film images’ is how Richter describes a collaboration that’s likely to be one of the most significant moments in contemporary art this year.

In some places a pre-concert talk was advertised as taking place on the same day. This is no longer happening, and instead Steve will be in conversation on Tuesday 22 October.

Each performance is approximately one hour long, with no interval.


*Excludes £3 booking fee
‘The overwhelming sensation left by Reich’s writing is one of optimism. This is joyful, tonal, clever music.‘


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Cocktails, concrete and tonnes of charm

Pop into the Martini Bar for a pre-performance tipple, with Happy Hour from 5-6pm


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