Museu Berardo
Bacalhôa Vinhos de Portugal
Fundação Berardo

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 Federle, Helmut (1944 - )

Untitled, 1980

Acrylic on paper, mounted on aluminium;
206 x 363 cm

UID 102-194


Swiss artist. He started studying aeronautical mechanics but gave it up after one year. He showed a strong, early interest in painting and music. In 1959, Federle produced his first paintings, small in scale, with crests inspired by the first letters of his name, H. F. In 1964, he was accepted at the Basel School of Applied Arts, one of the most important in the country. There he came into contact with the great names of Modern Art like El Lissitzky, Barnett Newman, Clyford Still, Mark Rothko and Paul Klee. Between 1968 and 1969, he paid regular visits to the Kunstmuseum in Basel, where he developed an increasing interest in post-war American painting. In 1971, he held his first one-man show at the Riehentor Gallery and received a scholarship to go to the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. In 1973, he exhibited a series of paintings with an abstract tendency at the Pablo Staehli Gallery in Lucerne. In 1979, he moved to New York where he found new stimulus for his artistic production. Between 1983 and 1984, he lived in Zurich and published his second book. In 1985, the Museum fŸr Gegenwartskunst in Basel organised a major exhibition of his work and Federle started a new series of large, vertical paintings in black and white with a strong Chinese influence. Los Angeles, Chicago and New York all presented Federle's work between 1986 and 1988. In 1989, Serge Lemoine organised this artist's first major one-man show, presenting his large paintings at the Musée de Grenoble, in France. He has also had important shows at the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume in Paris (1995) and the Kunstmuseum in Bonn (1995-96). In 1997, he was invited to represent Switzerland at the Venice Biennale. In 1998, he held an exhibition at the Peter Blum Gallery in New York and, in the same year, he had his first museum exhibition at the Centro Julio Gonzalez in Valencia.


Abstract Painting of America and Europe
Galerie Nächst St. Stephan, Austria
01-01-1986 ~ 31-12-1986

Helmut Federle
Mary Boone Gallery, USA
01-01-1987 ~ 31-12-1987

Contemporary Painters in The Berardo Collection
Centro das Artes Casa das Mudas, Calheta, Madeira, Portugal
28-05-2005 ~ 28-08-2005

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

Helmut Federle – Bilder und Zeichnungen 1975-1988 (Hamburg)
Kunstverein (Hamburg), Germany
01-01-1989 ~ 31-12-1989

Helmut Federle – Bilder und Zeichnungen 1975-1988 (Bielefeld)
Kunsthalle (Bielefeld), Germany
01-01-1989 ~ 31-12-1989

Helmut Federle – Bilder und Zeichnungen 1975-1988 (Krefeld)
Museum Haus Lange (Krefeld), Germany
01-01-1989 ~ 31-12-1989

Helmut Federle (New York)
Barbara Gladstone Gallery, USA
01-01-1997 ~ 31-12-1997

Helmut Federle (Valencia)
IVAM Centre Julio González, Spain
02-07-1998 ~ 20-09-1998

Helmut Federle (Vienna)
Wiener Secession, Austria
01-01-1991 ~ 31-12-991

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

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


Abstract Painting of America and Europe, 1988
Published by Galerie Nächst St. Stephan - Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Ritter Verlag

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

Helmut Federle, 1989
Published by Musée de Grenoble

Helmut Federle, 1998
Published by IVAM Centre Julio Gonzalez

Helmut Federle, 1987

Helmut Federle, 1991
Published by Wiener Secession

Helmut Federle – Bilder und Zeichnungen 1975-1988, 1989
Published by Karl Kerber Verlag

Helmut Federle, XLVII Biennial Venice
Published by Lars Müller Publishers

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