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Karel Appel

(Dutch, 1921–2006)

guilted heads, singing hands by karel appel

Karel Appel

Guilted Heads, Singing Hands

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Born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
1940 - 1943
Studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Founds the Cobra Group
Moved to Paris, France
Received the UNESCO Prize at the Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Became an internationally recognized artist
Died in Zürich, Switzerland


Modern Print Masters Stock - The Watermill, Aberfeldy, Perthshire (Scotland)
Chronicles Of Dopobomba - Museo d`Arte Contemporanea Lissone, Lissone
Artistic Relationships: Partners, Mentors, Lovers - Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Charlotte, NC
Appassionata. Die Sammlung Selinka Im Dialog - Kunstmuseum Ravensburg, Ravensburg
Karel Appel - Robinsons Art Gallery, Knokke-Zoute
Karel Appel – I don’t paint, I hit! - Museum Jorn (former Silkeborg Art Museum), Silkeborg
Karel Appel - Gallery LL, Amsterdam
The Art of Summer: Contemporary & Modern Works - Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA
The Biennial of Painting: The Image of Man - MDD - Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle
Cobra - 1000 Days of Free Art - SSM - Sakip Sabanci Müzesi, Istanbul
Karel Appel: The Expression of Color - Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI
Europe at Mid-Century: Dubuffet, Giacometti, Picasso - MFA - Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA
Painterly Abstraction, 1949-1969: Selections from the Guggenheim Collections - Museo Guggenheim de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo, Bilbao
Focus: Abstraktion - Werke Aus Der Sammlung Essl - ESSL MUSEUM - KUNST DER GEGENWART, Klosterneuburg
Painting on the Sea, The Sea as Pretext, Works from the IVAM Collection, Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Valencia, Spain
Goya and the Modern World, Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy
Le grand geste! International Painting from Pollock to Schumacher - Art Informel and Abstract Expressionism, Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, Germany
Karel Appel. Peintures 2000-2001, Galerie Lelong, Paris, France (solo)
Karel Appel. The Sixties, Galerie Ulysses, Vienna, Austria (solo)
Karel Appel: Opere 1990-2002, Galleria Arte 92, Milan, Italy (solo)
Karel Appel. Jazz 1958-1962, Cobra Museum, Amstelveen, The Netherlands (solo)
Modern Prints - Klassische Moderne bis Pop Art, Galerie Proarta, Zurich, Switzerland
Karel Appel. Monumentale Aktzeichnungen, Albertina, Vienna, Austria (solo)
Karel Appel. Works on Paper 1949 – 2005, Galerie Ulysses, Vienna, Austria (solo)
Karel Appel. Last Paintings, Galerie Ulysses, Vienna, Austria (solo)
Pierre Alechinsky & Karel Appel. Peinture à quatre mains, Galerie Lelong, Zurich, Switzerland
Karel Appel: Opere 1991 – 2002, Galleria Arte 92, Milan, Italy (solo)
Karel Appel Retrospective, Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, Bratislava, Slovakia (solo)
Karel Appel. Paintings and Sculptures, Galerie Ulysses, Vienna, Austria (solo)
Karel Appel. Recent works, Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, The Netherlands (solo)
Karel Appel. Onderweg. Reis van Rudi Fuchs langs de kunst der Lage Landen, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
Karel Appel. New Works on Paper, JG Contemporary, New York, NY (solo)
Karel Appel. The Cobra Years, Galerie Ulysses, Vienna, Austria (solo)

Public Collections

Tate Modern, London, UK
Museum Moderner Kunst, Wien, Austria
National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland
Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen, Germany
Museum Ludwig, Köln, Germany
Musée National d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporian, Nice, France
Les Abattoires - Centre d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Toulouse, France
Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada


Karel Appel, Pastorale Chiaroscuro - Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Rotterdam, 2001
Donald Kuspit, Karel Appel Sculpture : A Catalogue raisonné - Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1994
Michel Ragon, Karel Appel : Peinture 1937 – 1957 - Galilée, Paris, 1988