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Copyright Karel Appel Foundation
 Appel, Karel (1921 - 2006)
Netherlands

Saut dans l´Espace, 1953

Oil on canvas;
142 x 110 cm
CoBrA Group

UID 102-17



Biography

The Dutch painter, sculptor, designer and writer Karel Appel studied in the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam, between 1940 and 1943. His first works bear witness to a strong interest in German Expressionism and, above all, the work of Van Gogh. Around 1945, Appel found inspiration in Matisse, Picasso and the Paris School, which was a decisive influence on his art up until 1948. In this year he founded, together with Constant and Corneille, the Experimental Group in Holland and co-founded the CoBrA international movement in Paris. In 1950, he moved to Paris and, in 1957, travelled to New York for the first time. In the mid 50s, he acquired a considerable worldwide reputation and held countless one-man shows. In 1960, he received the International Guggenheim Prize and, in the following year, a Dutch journalist made a film about his life and work. He took part in Documenta 2 and 3 as well as writing the script and designing the sets for the ballet "Can We Dance a Landscape?", at the Paris Opera in 1987. In 1989, he had five major retrospectives at Japanese museums. 1954: wins UNESCO prize at the Biennale of Venice. 1959: wins international prize for painting at the São Paulo Biennale .



Exhibitions

Corpus: Visions of the Body in The Berardo Collection
Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), Portugal
10-10-2003 ~ 13-03-2004

The Berardo Collection
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
17-05-1997 ~ 31-08-1997

Colecção Berardo Collection 1917-1999
Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), Portugal
27-01-2000 ~ 27-08-2000

Durante o Fim - Rui Chafes
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
15-10-2000 ~ 14-01-2001

Collection Berardo, Oeuvres Choisies du 20e Siècle
Musée des Beaux Arts de Lyon, France
05-10-2001 ~ 14-01-2002

Nova Apresentação da Colecção Berardo
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
08-11-1999 ~ 01-03-2000

Erich Kahn - Forgotten Generation Jewish Survivor German Expressionist
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
05-05-2005 ~ 09-10-2005

De Miró à Warhol. La Collection Berardo à Paris
Musée du Luxembourg, France
16-10-2008 ~ 22-02-2009


Bibliography

Colecção Berardo Collection 1917-1999, 2000
Published by CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém
ISBN 972817652X

Collection Berardo, Oeuvres Choisies du 20e Siècle, 2001
Published by Musée des Beaux Arts de Lyon
ISBN 2711843319

Corpus: Visions of the Body in The Berardo Collection, 2003
Published by CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém
ISBN 9728176856

Karel Appel, 1968

Karel Appel, Peinture 1937-1957, 1957

The Berardo Collection – Sintra Museum of Modern Art, 1996
Published by Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo
ISBN 9729739105







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