Gottfried Helnwein  (Austrian, 1948) 

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Gottfried Helnwein (Austrian, b.1948) is a multi-faceted artist who works in painting, photography, installations, and Performance Art. He began to study art at the Vienna Higher College for Graphic Art from 1965 to 1969. Helnwein continued at the University of Visual Art in Vienna from 1969 to 1973, where he was awarded the Master-class prize, the Theodor-Körner prize, and the Kardinal-König prize. Helnwein''s work often covers controversial subject matter in politics, history, psychological anxiety, and sociological anxiety. He is associated with the hyperrealism movement, as shown by his early work that used watercolors to create hyper-realistic paintings of wounded children. One example is his Beautiful Victim watercolor painted in 1974, featuring a prone child with extensive bandaging covering much of her face and head. This use of children continued throughout his career, accompanied by a variety of self-portraits such as his God of the Sub-humans, photographed in 1986.

Helnwein has not been limited to real subject matter. His work shows an influence from German Expressionism and American Pop Art. This influence is most readily seen in his comic subjects, in particular Disney characters. His interest in this subject stems from an early childhood exposure to German-speaking Donald Duck. His Mouse I, presented in 2000 at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco and painted in 1995, is an oil and acrylic on canvas showing an iconic Mickey Mouse in stark black-and-white against a dark background. Helnwein works in both Los Angles and Ireland. His published books include a collaboration with Marlene Dietrich (German/American, 1901?1992) about the fall of the Berlin Wall titled Some Thoughts about Myself (1991).

Helnwein has been widely exhibited, with shows at the Albertina in Vienna in 1985, the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco in 2004, and throughout the city of Waterford, Ireland, with his The Last Child installation in 2008. Helnwein is represented by various galleries including the Friedman Benda Gallery in New York, Modernism in San Francisco, Galeria Hilario Galguera in Leipzig, Mexico, Collectors Contemporary in Singapore, and the Fenton Gallery in Cork Ireland.

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Gottfried Helnwein, Pink Mouse

 

Gottfried Helnwein
Pink Mouse
2011

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Gottfried Helnwein, The Disasters of War 27

 

Gottfried Helnwein
The Disasters of War 27
2011

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Gottfried Helnwein, Ohne Titel

 

Gottfried Helnwein
Ohne Titel
2012

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Gottfried Helnwein, Selbstporträt

 

Gottfried Helnwein
Selbstporträt
2008

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Gottfried Helnwein, Selbstbildnis

 

Gottfried Helnwein
Selbstbildnis
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Gottfried Helnwein, Marilyn Monroe

 

Gottfried Helnwein
Marilyn Monroe
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Gottfried Helnwein, Andy Warhol

 

Gottfried Helnwein
Andy Warhol
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Gottfried Helnwein, James Dean

 

Gottfried Helnwein
James Dean
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Gottfried Helnwein, The Golden Age 1 (Marilyn Manson)

 

Gottfried Helnwein
The Golden Age 1 (Marilyn Manson)
2003

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Gottfried Helnwein, The Sacrilege

 

Gottfried Helnwein
The Sacrilege, 1986
watercolor (watercolor and diluted acrylic paint, sprayed) on cardboard

 

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Gottfried Helnwein, Marlene Dietrich

 

Gottfried Helnwein
Marlene Dietrich
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Gottfried Helnwein, Downtown (19)

 

Gottfried Helnwein
Downtown (19), 2002
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1948   Born in Vienna, Austria
1965 - 1969   Studied at the Höheren Graphischen Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt, Vienna
1971   Awarded the Kardinal König Prize, the Masterclass prize (Meisterschulpreis) of the University of Visual Art, Vienna, and the Theodor-Körner prize
1969 - 1973   Studied painting at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Vienna
1977   Seven month stay in the USA
2009   Helnwein is based in Ireland and Los Angeles
  He has worked as a painter, draftsman, photographer, muralist, sculptor,
  His early work consists mainly of hyper-realistic watercolors, depicting wounded children, as well as performances - often with children - in public spaces. Helnwein is a conceptual artist, concerned primarily with psychological and sociological anxiety, historical issues and political topics. As a result of this, his work is often considered provocative and controversial.
  Viennese-born Helnwein is part of a tradition going back to the 18th century, to which Messerschmidt's grimacing sculptures belong. One sees, too, the common ground of his works with those of Hermann Nitsch and Rudolf Schwarzkogler, two other Viennese, who display their own bodies in the frame of reference of injury, pain, and death. One can also see this fascination for body language goes back to the expressive gesture in the work of Egon Schiele.
  Helnwein’s subject matter involves the complexities of the human condition. His disturbing yet provocative images of physically and emotionally wounded children have been seen as metaphors for larger global issues. He portrays the innocence of adolescence against the backdrop of historical events like the Holocaust to highlight the fragility of humanity in an unstable world.
2011   Inferno of the Innocents. Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
2011   Retrospective. Santralistanbul, Museum for Contemporary Art, Main Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey (solo)
2010   Gottfried Helnwein: I Was a Child. Friedman Benda Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2010   Ninth November Night. Tel Aviv, Israel (solo)
2010   Decadence Now! Visions of Excess. Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic
2010   You never know what will happen next…The collection from 1900-2010. Lentos Museum of Art, Lentos, Austria
2010   Crocker Art Museum Sacramento, CA (solo)
2009   One man show, Friedman Benda Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2009   The Disasters of War II. Modernism Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2009   Central European House of Photography, Slovakia, Österreichisches Kulturforum, Bratislava (solo)
2009   Masterpieces of Modern Art. Albertina Museum, Albertina, Austria
2009   The Figure. Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
2009   The 20th Century Gallery of the Permanent Collection, Figge Art Museum, Davenport, IA
2009   Brücken in die Gegenwart. Galerie Kunsthaus Muerz, Austria
2009   Los Angeles Art Show 2009
2009   Los Angeles Convention Center, Trigg Ison Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2009   Hängung #4. Collection of Alison & Peter W. Klein, Eberdingen-Nussdorf, Germany
2009   That’s all Folks! Cultuurcentrum Brügge, Stadshallen, Bruges, Belgium
2009   Collector's Choice - Brücken in die Gegenwart. Galerie Kunsthaus Muerz, Austria
2009   Body and Language: Contemporary Photography from the Albertina Collection. Albertina Museum, Vienna, Austria
2008   Art Singapore 2008. Biennial for Contemporary Art. Suntec Singapore, Singapore
2008   All’s Fair in Art and War: Envisioning Conflict. 21C Museum, Louisville, KN
2008   Out of Shape: Stylistic Distortions of the Human Form in Art from the Logan Collection. Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
2008   Bloody. Osterreichische Kunstler der Gegenwart aus der Sammlung Hirschl – Walli Liebenweinturm, Burghausen, Germany
2008   Confabulation. Collectors Contemporary, Singapore
2008   El Mundo del Heilo. Exposición International, Saragossa, Spain
2008   Art in Ireland. Fenton Gallery, Cork, Ireland
2008   Angels Sleeping. one-man show, Galerie, Rudolfinum, Prague (solo)
2008   Prints. Greyfriars Municipial Art Gallery, Waterford City, Ireland (solo)
2008   Kunst nach 1970. Albertina Museum Vienna, Austria
2008   Lichtspuren. Lentos Museum of Modern Art Linz, Austria
2007   Rembrandt to Thiebaud: a Decade of Collecting Works on Paper.
2007   Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA
2007   Photographic Bogota. International Biennial of Photography,
2007   Fotomuseo, The National Museum of Photography, Bogota, Colombia
2007   Passion for Art - 35 Jahre Essl Museum, Essl Museum, Kunst der Gegenwart, Klosterneuburg, Vienna, Austria
2007   Concept: Photography- Dialogue & Attitudes. From the Traditional
2007   Forms of Photography to Auteur Photography. Ludwig Museum
2007   Budapest, Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest, Hungary
2007   The Disasters of War. In memory of Francisco de Goya. Modernism Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2007   Angels Sleeping. Waterford Greyfriars Municipial Art Gallery, Waterford Fringe Festival, Waterford, Ireland (solo)
2007   Once upon a Time Walt Disney: Disney recycled by Contemporary Art. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada
2007   Body Anxious. Cressman Center Gallery, The University of Louisville - Department of Fine Arts, Louisville, KN
2007   Die Kunst der Verführung, von Schiele bis Warhol. Sammlung Infeld, Minoriten Kloster Tulln, Austria
2007   Life as a Legend. The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH
2007   The Big Store. Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2007   Where is Mummy? Städtische Galerie Theodor von Hörmann, Imst, Tirol, Austria
2007   Memory XS. Eine Ausstellungsinstallation über Wolfgang Bauer, MAK Ausstellungshalle, Vienna, Austria
2007   Aufmischen. Lentos Museum of Moderne Art, Linz, Austria
2007   Maria Schell. Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt, Germany
2007   News on Paper. Galerie Burkhard Eikelmann, Düsseldorf, Germany
2006   Looking Now. 21C Museum, Louisville, KY
2006   The Likeness. Hunsaker/Schlesinger Fine Art, Santa Monica, CA
2006   Artists Responding to Violence. In conjunction with Helnwein - Diary of the Artist Against Violence. FotoFest 2006, The Eleventh International Biennial of Photography and Photo-Related Art, City of Houston, TX
2006   Post Modern Portraiture from the Logan Collection. Logan Museum Vail, CO
2006   Face it. Lentos Museum of Modern Art, Linz, Germany (solo)
2006   Los Caprichos. Modernism Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2006   Fenton Gallery, Cork, Ireland (solo)
2006   Galerie Brockstedt Berlin, Germany (solo)
2006   Il était une fois Walt Disney, Galeries nationales du Grand Palais Paris und Museum of Modern Art Montreal
2006   Radar, Lentos Museum, Linz (solo)
2006   The Logan Collection, Denver Art Museum for Modern and Contemporary
2006   FotoFest 2006, Houston; Mackey Gallery, Houston
2005   Helnwein-retrospective at the National Chinese Museum for the Arts and in the Forbidden City, Beijing
2005   In Limbo. Victoria H. Myhren Gallery University of Denver, CO
2005   Arte Contemporá nee Austriaco y Pintura de la Posguerra: Colección Essl. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Mexico
2005   The Other Mainstream. Selections from the Collection of Mikki and Stanley Weithorn. Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
2005   Andy Warhol, Dale Chihuly, Vincent Van Gogh, Gottfried Helnwein and Diego Rivera. Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
2005   Superstars: Zum Prinzip Prominenz in der Kunst, von Warhol bis Madonna. Kunsthalle Wien and Kunstforum, Vienna, Austria
2005   A Moment in Time. Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin, Ireland
2005   Bilder, die noch fehlten. Künstlerforum, Bonn
2005   Melancholie – Genie und Wahnsinn in der Kunst. Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
2005   Ir / Real. Kunsthaus Klosterneuberg, Austria
2005   The Greatest Album Covers That Never Were. The Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH
2005   SOUL. Museum of Modern Art, Ostend, Belgium
2005   Figur und Wirklichkeit: Wie Osterreichs Maler Die Welt Verwandein. Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum, Innsbruck, Austria
2005   Yet Another Reality: Head. Contemporary Art Galleries, University of Connecticut, Stamford, CT
2005   Arbeiten auf Papier. Infeld – Haus der Kulturen, Vienna, Austria
2005   Phantasmagoria, after Lewis Caroll (film and art project with M. Manson)
2005   Beautiful Children, Schloss Oberhausen and the Wilhelm Busch Museum, Hannover (solo)
2005   Superstars, Kunsthalle Wien und Kunstforum Wien, Vienna (solo)
2004   Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork, Ireland (solo)
2004   Selektion - Ninth of November Night, Cork, Ireland (installation)
2004   Helnwein - The Child, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (solo)
2004   Gesichter machen - das Verschwinden des Portraits. Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
2004   Meisterwerke der Medienkunst aus der ZKM Sammlung. Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany
2004   Sammeln – Portraitfotografie. Neuer Kunstverein Aschaffenburg; Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
2004   Donald Duck. Cobra Museum of Modern Art, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2004   Comic Release: Negotiating Identity for a New Generation. Western Gallery, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA;University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ; Arthouse at the Jones Center – Contemporary Art for Texas, Austin, TX
2004   Gesichter Machen – Das Verschwinden des Portraits. Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
2004   Bodily Notions: Recent Figurative Work. Glendale Community College Art Gallery, Glendale, CA
2004   Das Verspechen der Fotografie. Collection of DZ Bank, Haus der Fotografie, Moscow, Russia
2004   Meisterwerke Der Medienkunst aus der ZKM-Sammlung. ZKM, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe
2004   The Greatest Album Covers That Never Were. Natalie and James Thompson Gallery, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
2004   Sammeln – Portraitfotografie. Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main; Neuer Kunstverein, Aschaffenburg, Germany
2004   Geisichter Machen – Das Verschwinden des Portraits. Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
2004   25th Anniversary Exhibition. Modernism Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2004   Summer Jam. Galerie Burkhard Eikelmann, Düsseldorf, Germany
2003   Meisterwerke der Fotografie: Face to Face, Galerie der Stadt Stuttgart
2003   Comic Release, Negotiating Identity for a New Generation. Pittsburgh Museum of Art, The Carnegie Mellon Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA; Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
2003   IMAGE & ENIGMA. Hunsaker/Schlesinger Fine Art, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA
2003   Human Stories - Photographs and paintings from the Essl Collection. Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest, Hungary
2003   Comic Release: Negotiating Identity for a New Generation. The University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
2003   The Greatest Album Covers That Never Were. Track 16 Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA
2003   Modern Sleep 2003, L.A. Art Show 2003, Santa Monica
2003   Paradise Burning, Modernism Gallery, San Francisco (solo)
2003   Meisterwerke der Fotografie: Face to Face, Galerie der Stadt Stuttgart
2003   Ninth November Night, Museum of Tolerance, Los Angeles (Film Premiere)
2003   Exhibition and performance (with Marylin Manson) Volksbühne, Berlin
2003   Kortárs Mûvészeti Múzeum, Az Essl Gyûjtemény, "Human Stories", Ludwig Múzeum Budapest
2002   'Downtown (The American paintings II), Modernism Gallery, San Francisco (solo)
2002   In the Blink of an Eye - Photo Art (Augenblick – Fotokunst). Museum Kunst der Gegenwart, Sammlung Essl,Klosterneuburg/Vienna, Austria
2002   Portrait Obscured. San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
2002   Heaven on Earth. Rubicon Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2002   VII (Seven). Lead White Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2002   Nackt – Ästhetik der Blösse. Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Germany
2002   Kilkenny v. Tipperary. Fenton Gallery, Cork, Ireland
2002   Selected Works. Modernism Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2001   Malerei - Austrian Artists Now. Albertina Museum, Vienna, Austria; Museum der Bildenden Künste, Budapest, Hungary
2001   Magic Vision. Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
2001   Berliner Mauer - Kunst für ein Europa im Aufbruch. Josef-Haubrich-Kunsthalle, Cologne, Germany
2001   Realism Knows No Bounds. 6th Annual Realism Invitational, Van de Griff Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2001   Pop Art & Co. – Uniques, Graphics and Multiples. Galerie Burkhard Eikelmann, Düsseldorf, Germany
2001   Merkwürdige Bilder. Galerie KK Klaus Kiefer, Essen, Germany
2001   Epiphany. Kilkenny Arts Festival, Kilkenny City Center, Kilkenny Ireland (solo)
2001   New Paintings. Modernism Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2001   Between Heaven and Earth – New Classical Movements in the Art of Today. Ostend Museum of Modern Art, Ostend, in conjunction with Fall of the Angels. St. Joseph’s Church, Ostend, Belgium (solo)
2001   Butler House Gallery, exhibition in conjunction with installation at Annual Arts Festival, Kilkenny, Ireland (solo)
2000   In the Blink of an Eye. Sammlung Essl, Museum Kunst der Gegenwart Klosterneuberg, Vienna, Austria
2000   Gottfried Helnwein, Bryten Goss, Patrick Morrison and Miguel Arguello. The Downtown Independent Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2000   Selected Works. Modernism Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2000   The Darker Side of Playland: Childhood Imagery from the Logan Collection. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
2000   Ghost in the Shell, Photography and the Human Soul, 1850 – 2000. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
2000   Cross-Currents in Modern Art, Tribute to Peter Selz. Achim Moeller Fine Art, New York, NY
2000   Cristo Nell’Arte Russa. The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia; Repubblica di San Marino, San Marino, Italy
2000   Gottfried Helnwein – The American Paintings. Modernism Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2000   Robert Sandelson, London (solo)
1999   Innovation/Imagination: 50 Years of Polaroid Photography. Anselm Adams Center for Photography, San Francisco, CA
1999   20 Years of Modernism. Modern Masters and Contemporary Art. Modernism Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1999   Augenblick und Endlichkeit. Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
1999   New Paintings. Modernism Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
1999   Apokalypse. Dominican Church, Niederösterreichisches (solo)
1999   Landesmuseum, Krems, Austria (solo)
1998   Wäinö Aaltonen Museum, Turku, Finland (solo)
1998   Götter, Helden und Idole. Ludwig Museum, Schloss Oberhausen, Germany
1998   A Delicate Balance. Kent Gallery, New York, NY
1998   Choice. Exit Art, New York, NY
1998   It’s Only Rock and Roll. Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
1998   Modernism Gallery, San Francisco (solo)
1997   Helnwein. The State Russian Museum, St. Petersberg, Russia (solo)
1997   Ninth November Night. Marble Palace, The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia (solo)
1997   Modernism Gallery, San Francisco (solo)
1997   Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art Turku, Finland (solo)
1997   Modernism Gallery, San Francisco (solo)
1996   Selection – Ninth November Night. Kulturbrauerei, Berlin, Germany (solo)
1996   Retrospective. Museum of Fine Art, Otaru, Japan (solo)
1996   Modernism Gallery, San Francisco (solo)
1996   Photographic Works from the Museum Collection. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
1996   Donations of the Ludwig Museum, Germany. The National Chinese Museum for the Arts, Beijing, China
1996   Realusmus als Methode. Museum Kunst der Gegenwart, Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg, Vienna, Austria
1996   Malerei in Österreich 1945 – 1995. Künstlerhaus Wien, Vienna, Austria
1996   Der Fixierte Blick. Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn, Germany
1996   Ninth November Night. Museum of Fine Art, Otaru, Japan (solo)
1995   Ninth November Night. Ludwig Museum Schloss Oberhausen, Germany (solo)
1995   Galerie Brockstedt, Berlin, Germany (solo)
1995   Faces. Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX (solo)
1995   Versuche Zu Trauern. Ludwig Institut, Galerie Schloss, Oberhausen, Germany
1995   It's Only Rock'n Roll - Rock and Roll Currents in Contemporary Art.Phoenix Museum of Art, AZ; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH; Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences, Peoria, IL; Nexus Contemporary Arts Center, Atlanta, GA; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum, Cleveland, OH; Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
1995   Murder. Bergamot Station Arts Center, Santa Monica, CA; Thread Waxing Space, New York, NY; Centre Gallery, Miami and Miami-Dade Community College/Wolfson Campus, Miami, FL
1995   Modernism Gallery, San Francisco (solo)
1994   Städtiche Museum Schleswig, Germany (solo)
1994   Das Jahrzehnt Der Malerei. The Schömer Collection, Kunstverein, Augsburg, Germany
1994   Kunst in Europa. Galerie Neher, Essen, Germany
1994   Faces. Centre International d'Art Contemporain de Montréal, Canada (solo)
1994   New Works. Galerie Klaus Kiefer, Essen, Germany (solo)
1994   Mittelrhein Museum, Haus Metternich, Koblenz, Germany (solo)
1994   Museum für Fotografie und Zeitkunst, Bremen, Germany (solo)
1994   Blue Terminato. Vienna City Center, Vienna, Austria (solo)
1994   New Works. Modernism Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
1993   Ninth November Night. Museum St. Ingbert, Albert Weisgerber Stiftung, Saarland, Germany (solo)
1993   Faces. Traveling exhibition: Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn; Joseph Albers Museum, Quadrat Bottrop; Moderne Galerie, Bottrop, Germany (solo)
1993   Modernism Gallery, San Francisco
1993   Künstlerportraits. Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany
1993   Ansichten von Alexandra S. Deutsche Fototage, Frankfurt, Germany
1993   Künstlerportraits. Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany
1993   Ansichten von Alexandra S. Deutsche Fototage, Frankfurt, Germany
1992   Aktion – Reaktion. The Schömer Collection, Foundation Fiecht, Austria
1992   Kopfansichten. Maleri und Plastik der 80er Jahre. Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern, Germany
1992   Aktion – Reaktion. The Schömer Collection, Foundation Fiecht, Austria
1992   Kopfansichten. Maleri und Plastik der 80er Jahre. Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern, Germany
1992   Modernism Gallery, San Francisco (solo)
1992   Leopold Hoesch Museum, Düren
1992   Pfalzgalerie Museum, Kaiserslautern, Germany (solo)
1992   Faces. Stadtmuseum, Munich, Germany (solo)
1992   Kunstmuseum, Thun, Switzerland (solo)
1992   Faces. Goethe Institut Centre Culture Allemand, Paris, France (solo)
1992   Ninth November Night. Heilbronn City Center, Germany (solo)
1992   Der Untermensch. Kunsthalle Bremen, Germany (solo)
1991   Kindskopf (Head of Child). Minoritten Kirche, Museum of Lower Austria, Krems, Austria (solo)
1991   Galerie Würthle, Vienna, Austria (solo)
1991   48 Portraits. Galerie Koppelmann, Cologne, Germany (solo)
1991   Das Jahrzehnt Der Malerei. Osterreich 1980 bis 1990 – Sammlung Schömer. Kunstforum Vienna, Austria
1991   Das Jahrzehnt Der Malerei. Osterreich 1980 bis 1990 – Sammlung Schömer. Kunstforum Vienna, Austria
1990   Fotografie. Musée de l'Élysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
1990   Kunst und Krieg 1939 - 1989. Eine Ausstellung im Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin, Germany
1990   Fotografie. Musée de l'Élysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
1990   Kunst und Krieg 1939 - 1989. Eine Ausstellung im Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin, Germany
1990   Ninth November Night. Musée de l' Elysée Lausanne, Switzerland (solo)
1990   Kunstverein Ludwigsburg, Germany (solo)
1990   Ninth November Night. Musée de l' Elysée Lausanne, Switzerland (solo)
1990   Galerie Lilian André, Basel, Switzerland (solo)
1990   Galerie Claudio Righetti, Bern, Switzerland (solo)
1989   Galerie Klaus Kiefer, Essen, Germany (solo)
1989   Zeichnungen und Arbeiten auf Papier. Folkwang Museum, Essen, Germany (solo)
1989   Il vittorioso ritorno a casa della fotografia. Fotografia ’89, Biennale Internazionale, Torino, Italy
1989   Die Stimme in der Kunst. Schweigen ist Silber, Reden ist Gold, Bad Rappenau, Germany
1989   Gottfried Helnwein / l’Europe en marche – mur de Berlin – Artistes pour la Liberté. Collection Art Liberté, Paris, France
1989   Il vittorioso ritorno a casa della fotografia. Fotografia ’89, Biennale Internazionale, Torino, Italy
1989   Die Stimme in der Kunst. Schweigen ist Silber, Reden ist Gold, Bad Rappenau, Germany
1989   Gottfried Helnwein / l’Europe en marche – mur de Berlin – Artistes pour la Liberté. Collection Art Liberté, Paris, France
1988   Selektion 4, Polaroid-Kunst der letzten 10 Jahre! Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England; Photokina, Cologne, Germany
1988   Krieg und Frieden. Eremitage, St. Petersburg; Staatliche Gemäldegalerie, Moscow, Russia
1988   Ninth November Night. Museum Ludwig and Cologne Cathedral, Cologne, Germany (solo)
1988   Arbeiten auf Papier. Kunstverein Ludwigsburg, Germany (solo)
1988   Kunstverein Siegen, Germany (solo)
1988   Villa Waldrich, Siegen, Germany (solo)
1988   Friedman-Guinness Galerie, Heidelberg, Germany (solo)
1987   Der Untermensch. Kunsthalle Bremen, Germany (solo)
1987   New Works. Galerie Würthle, Vienna, Austria (solo)
1987   Museum für Fotografie und Zeitkunst, Bremen, Germany (solo)
1987   Gott der Untermenschen. Performance, Camp Kopal of the Austrian Army, St. Pölten-Spratzern, Austria (solo)
1987   Galerie Angelika Harthan, Stuttgart, Germany (solo)
1987   Leopold Hoesch Museum, Düren, Germany; Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany (solo)
1987   Der Untermensch - Gottfried Helnwein, Self-Portraits 1970-1987. Museé d'Art Moderne, Strasbourg, Germany (solo)
1987   Die Lädierte Welt - Realismus und Realismen in Österreich. Kunstforum, Vienna
1987   Realisme Et Realismes En Autriche. Europalia 87, Musée d' ixelles Brussels, Belgium
1987   Krieg und Frieden. Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany
1986   Freie Volksbühne, Berlin
1986   Mittelrhein Museum, Koblenz
1985   Arbeiten auf Papier. Albertina Museum, Vienna, Austria (solo)
1985   Art 16/85 Basel
1984   1984 - Orwell und die Gegenwart. Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna, Austria
1984   Kunst und Integration. Kulturamt der Stadt, City Hall, Vienna, Austria
1983   Köpfe und Gesichter. Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Germany
1983   Die Sammlung des Künstlerfeundes Victor Matejka. Vienna, Austria
1983   Kunstmarkt Cologne
1983   Eröffnung der Helnwein Retrospektive. Münchner Stadtmuseum, Munich, Germany (solo)
1983   Galerie Spectrum, Vienna, Austria (solo)
1983   Retrospective. Stadtmuseum, Munich, Germany (solo)
1983   Städische Galerie, Nürnberg, Germany (solo)
1982   Galerie Spectrum, Vienna, Austria (solo)
1982   Galerie Lucien Bilinelli, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
1982   Galerie 70, Berlin, Germany (solo)
1982   Photo Art. Cologne, Germany (solo)
1982   Art 13/82 Basel
1981   Galerie Brodil, Salzburg, Austria (solo)
1981   Galerie Spectrum, Vienna, Austria (solo)
1981   Baumgartner Gallery, Washington D.C. (solo)
1981   60 Jahre Galerie Würthle, 60 Jahre Moderne Kunst in Össterreich. Galerie Würthle, Vienna, Austria
1981   International Biennal of Graphic Art. Ljubliana, Yugoslavia
1980   Galerie Schindler, Bern, Switzerland
1980   Galerie Diagonal, Stuttgart, Germany (solo)
1980   Galerie Grüner, Linz, Austria (solo)
1980   Galerie Bloch, Innsbruck, Austria (solo)
1980   Galerie Siau, Amsterdam, Netherlands (solo)
1980   Albertina Museum, Vienna, Austria (solo)
1979   Galerie Grüner, Linz, Austria (solo)
1979   Galerie Spectrum, Vienna, Austria (solo)
1979   Städtische Galerie Forum, Wels, Austria (solo)
1979   Das Internationale Jahr des Kindes. Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
1979   Zeichnungen. Albertina Museum, Vienna, Austria (solo)
1979   Galleria de Naviglio, Milan, Italy (solo)
1979   Nicholas Treadwell Gallery, London, England
1979   Der Staat als Kunstkäufer – die unbekannte Sammlung. Österreichisches Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Vienna, Austria
1978   Was kann Kunst? Kann Kunst was? Niederösterreichische Gesellschaft für Kunst und Kultur Kultur Zentrum Perchtoldsdorf, Vienna, Austria
1978   Comic-Kunst und Künstler-Comic. Galerie Basilisk, Vienna, Austria
1978   Galerie Spectrum, Vienna, Austria (solo)
1978   Galerie Niedlich, Stuttgart, Germany (solo)
1976   Galerie Bloch, Innsbruck, Austria (solo)
1975   Zeichnungen. Galerie Christian Brandstaetter, Vienna, Austria (solo)
1975   Galerie Jasa Fine Art, Munich, Germany (solo)
1974   Galerie Jasa Fine Art, Munich, Germany (solo)
1974   Aspekte des Realismus. Galerie Bloch, Innsbruck, Austria
1974   Die Wiener Festwochen. Galerie Brandstätter, Vienna, Austria
1973   Hallo Dulder. Performance, Vienna, Austria (solo)
1973   St. Stefan with Robert Schöller. Performance, Vienna, Austria (solo)
1973   Pinocchio II. Performance, Vienna, Austria (solo)
1973   Pinocchio. Peformance, Vienna, Austria (solo)
1973   Sandra. Performance, Galerie Stubenbastei, Vienna, Austria (solo)
1973   Portrait Heute. Hauptanstalt der Zentralsparkasse der Gemeinde Wien, Vienna, Austria
1971   Zötus. Künstlerhaus Wien, Französischer Saal, Vienna, Austria
1971   Realismus. Galerie in der Dommayergasse, Vienna, Austria
1971   Konfrontationen. Winterpalais des Prinzen Eugen, Vienna, Austria
1971   Galerie in der Kaisersrasse, Nürnberg, Germany (solo)
1971   Galerie im Pressehaus, Vienna, Austria (solo)
1971   Galerie D, Mödling, Vienna, Austria (solo)
1971   Dommayergasse, Vienna, Austria (solo)
1970   Nacht Galerie im Atrium, Vienna, Austria (solo)
1970   Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Wien Arena 70/11, Vienna, Austria
  San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
  San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
  Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
  Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
  State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
  Vicki and Kent Logan Collection, Denver, CO
  Wäinö Aaltonens Museum Turku, Finland
  Wilhelm Busch Museum Hanover, Germany
  ZKM, Museum für neue Kunst, Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany
  Münchner Stadtmuseum, Munich, Germany
  Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
  Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
  Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany
  Museum Pfalzgalerie, Kaiserslautern, Germany
  National Museum of Photography, Fotomuseo, Bogota, Colombia
  Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV
  Niederösterreichisches Landesmuseum Vienna, Austria
  Polaroid Collection Photographic Resource Center, Boston University, Boston, MA
  Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn, Germany
  Kunstwerk Museum und Sammlung Alison und Peter W. Klein Eberdingen, Germany
  Lentos Museum of Modern Art, Linz, Austria
  Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
  Leopold Hoesch Museum, Düren, Germany
  Ludwig Forum for International Art, Aachen, Germany
  Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany
  Ludwig Museum for International Art, Beijing, China
  Ludwig Museum Schloss, Oberhausen, Germany
  Messner Mountain Museum Firmian, Schloss Sigmundskron, Alto Adige, Italy
  Mikki and Stanley Weithorn Collection, New York, NY
  Essl Collection, Museum for Contemporary Art, Vienna, Austria
  Figge Art Museum, Davenport, IA
  Fine Arts Museum, San Francisco, CA
  Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nürnberg, Nürnberg, Germany
  H.R. Giger Museum Collection Chateau St. Germain, Switzerland
  Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung Hamburg, Germany
  J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
  Josef Albers Museum, Bottrop, Germany
  Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland
  Kunstsammlung der Museumsstiftung Post und Telekommunikation Berlin, Germany
  21C Museum, Louisville, KN
  Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Art, San Francisco, CA
  Albertina Museum, Graphische Sammlung, Vienna, Austria
  Alinari National Museum of Photography, Florence, Italy
  Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
  Centre International d'Art Contemporain de Montreal, Canada
  Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland
  Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
  Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
  Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin, Germany