Gottfried Helnwein (Austrian, b.1948) is a multi-faceted artist who works in painting, photography, installation, and performance art. He studied art at the Vienna Higher College for Graphic Art from 1965 to 1969, and 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, and psychological 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 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 is not limited to real subject matter, with his work displaying influences of German Expressionism and American Pop Art. This influence is most readily seen in his comic subjects, in particular, his 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 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 Inc. in San Francisco, Galeria Hilario Galguera in Leipzig, Mexico, Collectors Contemporary in Singapore, and the Fenton Gallery in Cork Ireland.

Timeline

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
Currently lives and works in Ireland and Los Angeles

Exhibitions

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

Public Collections

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