Timeline

1935
Born in Niemegk/Germany
1954–1958
Studies music at the Mendelssohn Bartholdy Akademie, Leipzig. Develops strong interest in the composition of Arnold Schoenberg, Anton Weber, Alban Berg, and Leos Janácek. Introduced to Impressionist, Fauve, and Russian Constructivist art.
1959–1960
Leaves East Germany and settles in West Berlin. Renews studies at the Hochschule der Musik (Academy of Music), Berlin. Meets German experimental photographer Heinz Hajek-Halke. In addition to music classes, studies experimental photography and art at the Hochschule für bildende Künste (Academy of Fine Arts), Berlin, under Hajek-Halke’s supervision.
1961–1970
Passes music exam and receives diploma. Engaged by Berlin’s opera company, the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Studies fine art at the Hochschule für bildende Künste until 1964. Experiments in painting, sculpture, etching, and photography.
1970
Travels to Japan with the Deutsche Oper Berlin to perform Arnold Schoenberg’s Moses and Aron. Spends four months in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara.
1971–1975
Continues working in photography, painting, sculpture, and etching. First art exhibition at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in 1974.
1976
Travels to Monte Isola, Italy, where Appelt makes the first Hanging. The image is a breakthrough and the beginning of a concentrated period of photographic work.
1979
Leaves the Deutsche Oper Berlin to concentrate exclusively on visual arts.
1982
Appointed Head of department for film, video, and photography at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Berlin.
1985
Begins investigating platinum techniques.
1986
Builds mechanical device for objects to rotate before camera.
1988–1990
Curates exhibition, Zwischen Schwarz und Weiß for the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin
2005
Receives the Knight Purchase Prize for Photographic Media from the Akron Art Museum, Ohio.
Lives and works in Berlin

Exhibitions

2005
Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, Canada (solo)
2004
Galerie Guy Bärtschi, Genf (solo)
2002
Pace McGill Gallery, New York (solo)
2001
Van Laere Contemporary Art, Antwerpen (solo)
2000
Saarland Museum, Saarbrücken (solo)
2000
S.M.A.K. Stedelijk Museum voor Actuelle Kunst, Gent (solo)
2000
Galerie Kicken, Berlin (solo)
1999
Springer & Winkler Galerie, Berlin (solo)
1999
Akademie der Künste, Berlin (solo)
1999
Haus der Kunst, München
1999
Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin
1999
Biennale Venedig, 48ª Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte, Venedig
1999
Nationalgalerie Berlin, Berlin
1998
Haines Gallery, San Francisco
1998
Van Laere Contemporary Art, Antwerpen (solo)
1998
Galerie Limmer, Köln (solo)
1997
Galerie Limmer, Köln (solo)
1997
Nationalgalerie Berlin, Berlin
1996
Frankfurter Kunstverein and Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt a.M.
1996
Galerie Springer, Berlin
1996
Galerie Springer, Berlin (solo)
1996
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstbibliothek, Berlin (solo)
1995
Guggenheim Museum Soho, New York (solo)
1995
Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans (solo)
1995
Musée de Québec, Québec, Canada (solo)
1995
Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn
1994
Sander Galerie, New York
1992
Wiener Sezession, Wien
1992
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
1990
Biennale Internationale de Marseille 90, Marseille
1990
Große Orangerie, Schloß Charlottenburg, Berlin
1989
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis