Karel Appel

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A founder of the COBRA association of painters, Karel Appel (1921–2006) rendered expressionist canvases with vibrant color, violent brushwork, and thick application of impasto paint. The artist derived much inspiration from primitive art and children’s drawings, and was influenced by contemporaries such as Jean Dubuffet, the major exponent of Art Brut. Though Appel is primarily known for his paintings that combine elements of both figuration and of abstraction, the artist also experimented with relief paintings, sculpture, and design.

Vita

1921

Karel Appel is born on April 25 in Amsterdam

1942

Start of studies at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Amsterdam

1948

COBRA is founded by the artists Appel, Dotremont, Jorn, Constant and Noiret

1949

Commission for a mural in the cafeteria of the Amsterdam City Hall

1950

Moves to Paris

1951

Commission for a mural for the foyer of the Stedelijk Museum’s auditorium

1954

Represents the Netherlands at the 27th Venice Biennale and wins the UNESCO award

1958

Commission for a mural in the restaurant of the UNESCO building in Paris

1959

Awarded with the International Prize at the 5th São Paulo Biennale

Participation in the documenta 2, Kassel

1960

Guggenheim International Award for the painting „Vrouw en struisvogel” (woman and ostrich)

1964

Participation in the documenta 3, Kassel

1968

Awarded with the Order of Meritof the Dutch Royal House (Ridder in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau)

1999

Awarded with the Order of Meritof the Dutch Royal House (Ridder der tweede graad Commandeur in de orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw)

Karel Appel Foundation is founded

2003

Appointment as an officer of the French Legion of Honour

2006

Karel Appel dies in Zurich on May 3, he is buried at the Parisian cemetery Père Lachaise

Selected Solo Shows

2019

Late Nudes. 1985–1995 – Max Hetzler, Berlin Figures et Paysages – Almine Rech, Paris Feature – Jahn und Jahn | Art Basel, Basel

2018

Tête en carton. Collages 1960 – 1967 – Jahn und Jahn, Munich

2017

Karel Appel. Art as Celebration! – Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris

Karel Appel. Works on Paper 1945–2006 – Galerie Ulysses, Vienna

2016—2017

Karel Appel. Der Abstrakte Blick – Emil Schumacher Museum, Hagen

2016

Karel Appel. Retrospektive – Gemeentenmuseum, The Hague

Karel Appel. Werke auf Papier 1947–2006 – Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich

Karel Appel – Galerie Ulysses, Vienna

Karel Appel. A Gesture of Color. Paintings and Sculptures 1947–2004 – The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C.

2015—2016

Karel Appel. Works on Paper – Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris; Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich

2013

Karel Appel. I do not paint, I hit! – Museum Jorn, Silkeborg

2011

Karel Appel & Van Gogh – Vincent van Gogh Huis, Zundert

2009

Karel Appel. Jazz 1958–1962 – Cobra Museum, Amstelveen

2007—2008

Karel Appel. Monumentale Aktzeichnungen – Albertina, Vienna

2005

Karel Appel. Opere 1991–2002 – Galleria Arte 92, Milan (further presentations until today)

Karel Appel. Recent works – Gemeentemuseum, The Hague

Karel Appel Retrospective – Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, Bratislava

2002

Japanese Landscapes – Galerie Lelong, Zurich (further presentations in Zurich and Paris until today)

Mutation in Motion – Galerie Ulysses, Vienna (further presentations until today)

Karel Appel – Kunstforum Wien, Vienna

2001

Karel Appel. Beelden 1936–2000 – Cobra Museum Amstelveen

Karel Appel. Pastorale Chiaroscuro – Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Karel Appel. Work on paper 1940–2000 – Gemeentemuseum, The Hague

2000

Recente sculpturen & gedichten – S.M.A.K., Ghent

The Will to Power of the Planets Zomeropstelling 2000 – Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

1998—1999

Atelier del Bosco di Villa Medici, Rome

Psychopathological Art – Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Cobra Museum, Amstelveen

1994

A Retrospective by Karel Appel – The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul; Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Art, Taiwan

1990—1992

Karel Appel. Ik wou dat Ik een Vogel was (Karel Appel - If I Were a Bird), Gemeentemuseum, The Hague; Josef-Haubrich-Kunsthalle, Cologne; Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona; Neue Galerie der Stadt Linz, Linz

1989

Karel Appel – National Museum of Art, Osaka; Seibu Museum of Art, Tokyo; Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Utsunomiya; Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima; Hakone Open Air Museum, Hakone

1987

Karel Appel. Dipinti, Sculpture e Collages – Castello di Rivoli, Turin

1986—1987

Karel Appel Paintings 1980–1985 – Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol; Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin

1982

The New Work of Karel Appel. Paintings 1979–1981 – Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

Works on Paper – Gemeentemuseum, The Hague; Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden (further locations until 1987)

1981—1982

Appel – Museu de Arte do São Paulo, São Paulo; Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro; Fondaçao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon; Biblioteca Nacional, Madrid

1978

Karel Appel Retrospective – Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas

1977—1978

Karel Appel – Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City; Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas

1974

Karel Appel Retrospective – Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale; Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma; Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix

1972—1973

Appel’s Appels – Musée d’Art Contemporain, Montreal; New York Cultural Center, New York

1970

Appels Oogappels – Centraal Museum, Utrecht

1968—1969

Reliefs – Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels

1968

Karel Appel. Reliefs 1966–68 – Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Paris

1966

Karel Appel. Paintings 1947–65 – Moderna Museet, Stockholm

1965

Appel – Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Karel Appel. Gemälde – Städtische Kunstgalerie Bochum, Bochum

1961—1962

Karel Appel. West Coast Exhibiton – San Francisco Art Museum, San Francisco; Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena; Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix; Santa Barbara Art Museum, Santa Barbara; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle; La Jolla Art Museum, La Jolla

1961

Stedelijk Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven; Gemeentemuseum, The Hague

1957

Paintings Karel Appel – Institute of Contemporary Art, London

1955

Karel Appel – Galerie Rive Droite, Paris (further presentations until 1962)

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

1954

First American Exhibition Martha Jackson Gallery, New York

Appel – Studio Paul Facchetti, Paris

1953

Karel Appel – Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels (further presentations until 2005)

1946

Karel Appel – Het Beerenhuis, Groningen