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1. Januar 0093
Schaffensperioden und Werkgruppen:
4. ARBEITEN VON 1986 - 1999. ÖL UND ACRYL AUF LEINWAND: "Kindskopf (Head of a Child)"
Kindskopf (Head of a Child), 1990 - 2006
Kindskopf (Head of a Child)
oil and acrylic on canvas, 1991, 600 x 400 cm / 236 x 157'', Ludwig Collection in the Sate Russian Museum
Alexander Borovsky
Curator for Contemporary Art at the State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg
"I'll never forget the sensation I had at the unveiling of Gottfried Helnwein's "Kindskopf" in the Russian Museum. And not just because this enormous canvas (six metres in height, four in breadth), well-known from reproductions, seemed to operate in a whole new way in the real, quasi-monumental space of the museum's "Concrete Hall". I realised that I was looking at the inner content of this innovative picture from a whole new point of view.
This new level of impact was also apparent on the pictorial-plastic level. What had seemed coldly technological, the aesthetics of hyperrealism, a mechanical aerographically-applied surface, proved to be living and breathing; a completely handcrafted pictorial texture.
In short, a work seen in the flesh at the right time and in the right place ("Kindskopf" was both created and first exhibited in an equally monumental church-like space - in the medieval Minoritenkirche Krems), providing an instructive example of Helnwein's deliberate strategy of interaction with the viewer.
Yet there was more to it than that. After all, modern art quite often offers an insight into the positive and negative manipulation of viewer perception. In the case of the Russian Museum's exhibition of "Kindskopf", however, it was circumstances that divulged (and I am sure not just for me) the direction of Helnwein's strategy."
Helnwein with his son Ali
Kindskopf (Head of a Child)
oil and acrylic on canvas, 1991, 600 x 400 cm / 236 x 157''
Studio Cologne
Kindskopf (Head of a Child) at the State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg in preparation for the Gottfried Helnwein retrospective.
1997, preparation for the Helnwein-Retrospective at the State Russian Museum St. Petersburg
Kölner Stadt Anzeiger
Lothar Deeg
10. Oktober 1996
Head of a Child 5
mixed media (oil and acrylic on canvas), 1998, 160 x 109 cm / 62 x 42''
Gwen F. Chanzit
Victoria H. Myhren Gallery
School of Art and Art History, University of Denver
An exhibition of works from the Denver Art Museum’s fractional and promised gift of contemporary art from the collection of Vicki and Kent Logan.
Head of a Child III
mixed media (oil and acrylic on canvas), 2000, 299 x 218 cm / 117 x 85''
Face it
mixed media (oil and acrylic on canvas), 1994, 210 x 141 cm / 82 x 55''
studio scene
working on "Head of a Child 8" (Harley)
Mary-Sheila Walsh, Aoife Connelly and Eimear Connelly
The Sunday Times, Helnwein - Shock Art, cover story
Medb Ruane
5. August 2001
The disturbing Work of Helnwein comes to Ireland Helnwein is a headline artist who works in tight sound bites on a very large scale. The works brand themselves with proof of his technical know-how in various media and are endorsed by the coolest celebrities of his generation. So much for the cover-story, so what lies within? Headlines lure you into stories that make you want to cry, smile or help to change the world. But when they stop at your own skin, you can get a sinking feeling, a sense of the bigness and badness outside and the impossibility of change.
Galia Fischer
Université Paris I. Panthéon-Sorbonne
Mémoire de Maîtrise d’Histoire de l'art
"Le nazisme dans l'oeuvre d'Anselm Kiefer et Gottfried Helnwein."
Helnwein Exhibition in the Russian Museum

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