'A Picture of War is Not War', we read in Hito Steyerl's iconic film November (2004), an essayistic Super 8 film tackling the definition of terrorism constructed around the figure of the artist's best friend Andrea Wolf, who was killed as a terrorist in 1998 in Eastern Anatolia after she joined the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Mixing documentary...
There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...
Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...
Born 1944 in Solothurn, Switzerland, lives and works in Vienna, Austria and Camaiore, Italy. 1999–2007 Professor at the Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf, Germany
Helmut Federle studied at the School of Applied Arts in Basel 1964–1969. After that, he lived in Tunisia and the United States for some time. Since then, he has continued to travel, visiting Japan, North Africa, and the US, among other places.
For the last more than 40 years, Helmut Federle has built up an oeuvre characterised by a geometric and painterly style that is inherently spiritual, emblematic, intellectual, and close to nature. His works combine constructive arrangements with painterly, otherworldly pictorial spaces that are not only associated with subjective perceptions, but also strive toward universality. His painterly compositions are expressions of a strong system of meaning and thus evade purely formal interpretation.
Helmut Federle has had solo exhibitions at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Basel, the Kunsthalle Zurich, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the Friedericianum in Kassel, the Galerie national du Jeu de Paume in Paris, the Kunstmuseum Bonn, as well as the Kunsthaus Bregenz. He also represented Switzerland at the 47th Venice Biennale in 1997. By this time, he had become internationally well-known primarily for his large geometrical paintings. However, his smaller pictures have also been exhibited many times in the last decade–for example, in the major exhibition American Songline in the Kunstmuseum Luzern in 2012–2013. The Kunstmuseum Basel will devote to Helmut Federle a solo presentation in 2019.
His works can be found in many museums and private collections, including the Kunstmuseum Bonn, the Tate Modern in London, the Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Goetz Collection in Munich.
Helmut Federle received the Prix Aurelie Nemours in 2008 and was awarded the Ricola Prize in 2016.
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