The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco organizes the first one-person exhibition of Gottfried Helnwein at an American Museum: "The Child, works by Gottfried Helnwein" at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor
The show is seen by almost 130,000 visitors and the San Francisco Chronicle quotes it the most important exhibition of a contemporary artist in 2004. Steven Winn, Chronicle Arts and Culture Critic, wrote: "Helnwein's large format, photo-realist images of children of various demeanors boldly probed the subconscious. Innocence, sexuality, victimization and haunting self-possession surge and flicker in Helnwein's unnerving work"
CRITICS CHOICES 2004 - HELNWEIN
San Francisco Chronicle Chronicle Arts and Culture Critic Steven Winn
Arts and culture
Gottfried Helnwein, "The Child" Palace of the Legion of Honor (July). In the first of two shows (the other at the Modernism Gallery in November), Helnwein's large format, photo-realist images of children of various demeanors boldly probed the subconscious. Innocence, sexuality, victimization and haunting self-possession surge and flicker in Helnwein's unnerving work.
SAN FRANCISCO FINE ARTS MUSEUM - THE CHILD EXHIBITION - 127,000 VISITORS- THE REVIEWS
Summary of reviews and texts The Child - works by Gottfried Helnwein Palace of the Legion of Honor
The Child- ゴットフリード・ヘルンウｪイン（Gottfried Helnwein）
Adults bring a trunkful of contradictory cultural baggage to any representations of children. That's what makes the work of Helnwein so powerful. In his show, "The Child," at the Legion of Honor, deformed infants and bandaged children stir feelings of pity, defiance and uneasiness about exploitation. There's an ambiguously disturbing painting of a girl aiming a gun into an open refrigerator and another of a bare-breasted mother and child surrounded by Aryan soldiers.