Ghosts Before Breakfast (1927-28) – Hans Richter

Ghosts Before Breakfast (1927-28), Hans Richter. Silent. B&W 7 min. German born artist and filmmaker Hans Richter believed it was the responsibility of the artist to reveal truth and beauty through art. Ghosts Before Breakfast reveals this philosophy in which Richter, through his artistic vision, reexamines aspects of our everyday reality. At once, the work […]

Rhythmus 21 (1921) – Hans Richter

Rhythmus 21 (1921) Hans Richter Rhythmus 21 is Hans Richter’s first film…Richter went on to make Rhythmus 23 (1923)…and Rhythmus 25 (1925). In this first of the series, originally known as Film ist Rhythmus, he experiments with square forms. These forms appear in very simple to very complex compositions-from the beginning shots where the squares […]

Hans Richter:Dreams That Money Can Buy

HANS RICHTER Dreams That Money Can Buy February 5, 2004- February 28, 2004 New York, NY- Stendhal Gallery is proud to showcase three films by the renowned avant-garde artist Hans Richter (1888-1976). Richter is considered one of the early Dadaists, a form of art that was marked by nonsense and travesties as it opposed current […]

Hans Richter

Hans Richter On Scrolls I consider the scroll as a new (dating from 4000 B.C.!) art which, despite “sociological difficulties” that it might encounter (such as being despised by art dealers as too difficult to sell, or finding no room for its display over a potential purchaser’s fireplace) ought to become a modern medium of […]

Hans Richter: Art and Anti-Art

Hans Richter Art and Anti-Art June 15-Sept 16, 2006 Hans Richter “Dada Head” 1974, “After Drawing from 1918” Painted wood relief 36″ x 23″ (91cm x 58cm)

Hans Richter

Hans Richter Exhibitions 2004-2 Dreams That Money Can Buy 2006-06 Hans Richter: Art and Anti-Art 2007-5 Universal Language Artist Info CV | Related Essays | Reviews

Universal Language & the Avant-Garde Hans Richter and Viking Eggeling

Universal Language & the Avant-Garde Stendhal Gallery May 10 – July 28, 2007 Stendhal Gallery proudly presents Universal Language & The Avant-Garde, a show exploring the creative relationship between artists Hans Richter (1888-1976) and Viking Eggeling (1880-1925). Each believed that art had the ability to communicate a universal language, permeating national borders and understood by […]

The Brooklyn Rail: Hans Richter

Art and Anti-Art Maya Stendhal Gallery June 15-September 16, 2006 by David Markus Hans Richter is best known to art history for his contributions to avant-garde cinema. “Rhythmus 21” (1921)— one of the earliest examples of abstract film—set a precedent for the application of painterly formalism to the expanding realm of cinematography. And works like […]

The New York Times: Dada: Hans Richter Art and Anti-Art

Hans Richter (1888-1976) Dada: Art and Anti-Art Maya Stendhal Gallery 545 West 20th Street, Chelsea Through Sept. 16 Hans Richter might have been a great avant-garde filmmaker, but the late abstract paintings and reliefs that dominate this partial yet dauntingly large survey of his work feel like well-made acts of desperation. Dating mostly from the […]

The New York Sun: Hans Richter, New Perspectives on Dada & Cubism

New Perspectives on Dada & Cubism By JOHN GOODRICH As art movements go, Dada burned brightly and briefly, its spirit too nihilistic to be sustained by mere paint and poems. Jean Arp and Marcel Duchamp moved on to influential careers, but the Berlin-born Hans Richter (1888-1976), a founder of Dada’s Zurich chapter and author of […]

Richter Quotes

RICHTER QUOTES   Rhythm The rhythm of a work is equal to the idea of the whole. Rhythm is the thing that informs ideas, that which runs through the whole: sense = principle, from which each individual work first gets its meaning. Rhythm is not definite, regular succession in time or space, but the unity […]

Richter’s Memoirs on Dadaism and Its Beginnings

HANS RICHTER Art and Anti Art Richter’s Memoirs on Dadaism and Its Beginnings Hans Richter’s Dada: Art and Anti-Art begins with the initial formation of the Dadaists in Zurich, Switzerland. Its establishment commenced with Hugo Ball’s entrepreneurial spirit opening the Cabaret Voltaire at No. 1 Spiegelgasse in February 1916, which was formed for exhibitions of […]


Stendhal Gallery From its inception in 1990 in SoHo to its relocation to Chelsea in 2003, Harry Stendhal director of Stendhal Gallery has established a unique presence in the art world, introducing an educational program through museum-quality exhibitions and access to scholarly archival documents. Stendhal Gallery champions the work of historical and contemporary masters, namely […]

For Immediate Release

For Immediate Release “Mapping Maciunas” and “Exercise” Fluxus Happening February 3rd 6:00pm Stendhal Gallery New York, New York. Stendhal Gallery is pleased to announce a happening to occur on February 3, 2011. The event will feature two “fluxhibitions”, Mapping Maciunas and Exercise. Mapping Maciunas examines the “learning machines” charts created by Fluxus founder George Maciunas, […]


Multimedia Films Ghosts Before Breakfast (1927-28) – Hans Richter Rhythmus 21 (1921) – Hans Richter Symphonie Diagonal (1925) – Viking Eggeling Anaemic Cinema (1926) – Marcel Duchamp Ballet Mécanique (1924) – Fernand Léger