1. Januar 2004
encyclopedia: Gottfried Helnwein
Gottfried Helnwein (born October 8 October 48)
fine artist, photographer, and performance artist.
"It is the function of the artist to evoke the experience of surprised recognition:
to show the viewer what he knows but does not know that he knows.
- Helnwein is a master of surprised recognition."
William Burroughs William Seward Burroughs (February 5, 1914 - August 2, 1997)
Helnwein studied at the University of Visual Art in Vienna (Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Wien).
He was awarded the Master-class prize (Meisterschulpreis) of the University of Visual Art, Vienna, the Kardinal-König prize and the Theodor-Körner prize.
His early work consists mainly of hyper-realistic watercolors, depicting wounded children, as well as performances - often with children - in public spaces. Helnwein is a conceptual artist, concerned primarily with psychological and sociological anxiety, historical issues and political topics. As a result of this, his work is often considered provocative and controversial. He has worked as a painter, draftsman, photographer, muralist, sculptor and performance artist, using a wide variety of techniques and media. Helnwein is also known for his stage and costume designs of theater, ballet and opera productions. amongst them Staatsoper Hamburg, Volksbühne Berlin and Los Angeles Opera.
* 1982 Helnwein was offered a chair by the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg, which he declined.
* 1985 Rudolf Hausner, recommended Helnwein as his successor as professor of the master-class for painting at the University of Visual Art in Vienna, but Helnwein leaves Vienna and moves to Germany.
* The film "Helnwein", produced by the German and Austrian National televisions, received the Adolf-Grimme prize for best television-documentary.
* Besides his realistic work, Helnwein also began to develop abstract, expressive styles of painting during this period.
"Epiphany I (Adoration of the Magi)", mixed media on canvas, 1996
* 1988, In remembrance of "Kristallnacht The Kristallnacht, also known as Reichskristallnacht (lit. Crystal night or [German] Imperial crystal night), the actual beginning of the Holocaust , between Ludwig Museum and the Cologne cathedral
Since then large scale installations in public spaces became an important part of his work.
* 1990 Helnwein began to focus on digital photography and computer-generated images which he often combines with classical oil-painting technics.
* 1997 Moved to Ireland
* In the same year the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg (Санкт-Петербург)
organizes a Helnwein retrospective and publishes a monograph of the artist.
* 2000 The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and other American museums show Helnwein's work.
* 2001 Stage and costume design for the Hamburgische Staatsoper The Hamburg State Opera (in German: Hamburgische Staatsoper) of Igor Strawinsky’s opera "The Rake's Progress".
* 2002 He established a studio in Los Angeles
* Premiere of the Helnwein documentary Neunter November Nacht (Ninth November Night) at the Museum of Tolerance, Simon Wiesenthal Center, Los Angeles. *Collaboration with Marilyn Manson on the multi-media project "The Golden Age of Grotesque". Also video and film projects with Sean Penn
* 2004 "The Child" one-man show at the San Francisco Fine Arts Museum.
* Collaboration with Maximilian Schell Maximilian Schell
for the Richard Strauss opera "Der Rosenkavalier Der Rosenkavalier (The Knight of the Rose)
* 2005 Helnwein retrospective at the National Art Museum in Beijing Beijing (北京, Hanyu Pinyin: Běijīng, Wade-Giles: Pei-ching; Postal System Pinyin: Peking)
Gottfried Helnwein currently lives and works in Ireland and Los Angeles.
"I learned more from Donald Duck than from all the schools I ever attended."
Selected publications:

"Helnwein - The Child", 2004
Robert Flynn Johnson
San Francisco Fine Arts Museum
Gottfried Helnwein, one man show
"Helnwein" (monograph), 1997
Peter Selz, Alexander Borovsky, Klaus Honnef, William Burroughs
The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg
Gottfried Helnwein, retrospective
"Helnwein - Ninth November Night", 2003
The Documentary
Johnathon Keats, Simon Wiesenthal
Museum of Tolerance, Simon Wiesenthal Center, Los Angeles
External links

* Official website
* Helnwein and the comic culture
* Honnef, University Heidelberg
* Helnwein's art referring to the Holocaust
* Helnwein's work for the stage
The Website of Gottfried Helnwein
The official website of Gottfried Helnwein. The art of Gottfried Helnwein, and a summary of essays and texts about the artist.
Helnwein Gottfried
Gottfried Helnwein text index, quotes, press, works, related sites and links.

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