* 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.