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Dieter Appelt

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Galerie Francoise Paviot , Galerie Daniel Varenne, Pace/MacGill Gallery, Galerie Guy Bärtschi

Dieter Appelt Biography
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
Selected 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
Recent Exhibits

Dieter Appelt participated in these exhibits:

Jan, 2016 Zeitbezeichnungen
Galerie Thomas Schulte
Apr, 2014 The Paths of German Art from 1949 to the present
Moscow Museum of Modern Art [25 Petrovka]
Apr, 2014 Fig. 3 Memory Trace
Galerie Thomas Schulte
Oct, 2013 Weltreise. Kunst aus Deutschland unterwegs / Travelling the World. Art from Germany
ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art
Oct, 2013 TRAVELLING THE WORLD. Art from Germany Artworks from the ifa Collection, 1949 to the Present
ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art
Apr, 2013 Conceptual Photography
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