Fred Thieler

* 17 03 1916 | Königsberg
† 06 06 1999 | Berlin

Fred Thieler was member of the artists' group "Zen 49" from, which championed abstract art. As one of main exponents of German Art Informel Thieler was also an important colour painter, whose gestural painting extended beyond the execution of brushstrokes: The diluted colours were poured onto the canvas, where they generate their own dynamics in combination with the material itself.


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Vita Fred Thieler

1916

Born in Königsberg

1936-1941

Studied Medicine; Military service

1941

Banned from studying for "racial" reasons

1946-1950

Studied painting at the Academy of Visual Arts in Munich, under Carl Caspar;
Member of the artists' group called "ZEN 49"

1948

Beginning of a long-standing friendship with John Anthony Thwaites and Brigitte Meier-Denninghoff

1949

Participation in the exhibition "Kunstschaffen in Deutschland", Central Art Collecting Point, Munich

1950-1951

Several extended trips to the Netherlands

1951-1953

Several extended trips to Paris
Studied in the "Atelier 17" under Stanley William Hayter; Forged contact to Hans Hartung, Serge Poliakoff and Pierre Soulages

1953-1959

Domiciled in Munich

seit 1953

member of the artists' group "Neue Gruppe München"

seit 1954

member of the German Artists' Association (Deutsches Künstlerbund), Berlin

1955

Participation in the exhibition "Peintures et sculptures non-figuratives en Allemagne d'aujourd'hui", Cercle Volney, Paris; Premio Lissone, Lissone/Italy

1957

Participation in the exhibition "Couleur vivante - Lebendige Farbe" (Living Colour) at the  Städtisches Museum Wiesbaden, and "Eine neue Richtung in der Malerei" (A New Direction in Painting), Kunsthalle Mannheim

1958

Participation in the XXIX Biennial in Venice (together with Cavael, Goetz, Schumacher, Sonderborg)

1959

Participation in the "documenta II", Kassel; Professor at the Academy for Visual Arts, Berlin (until 1981)

1964

Participation in the "documenta III", Kassel

1965-1966

Artistic design of the walls and the 14 Stations of the Cross for the Heilig-Geist-Kirche, Emmerich

1967

Participation in the World Exhibition in Montreal, German Pavilion

1972-1973

Visiting professor at the College of Art and Design, Minneapolis/USA

seit 1978

Member of the Academy for Visual Arts, Berlin, and of the artists' group Neue Darmstädter Sezession (New Darmstadt Secession), Darmstadt

seit 1979

Member of the Internationale Gesellschaft für Bildende Künste, Paris (1979-1984 Vice-President, from 1984 Honorary President)

1980-1983

Vice-President of the Academy for Visual Arts, Berlin

1983

Participation in the exhibition "Die Malerei der Informellen heute" (Informel Painting Today) in the Moderne Galerie of the Saarland-Museum, Saarbrücken

1985

Awarded the Lovis-Corinth Prize
Awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany

1991

Foundation of the Fred-Thieler Award for painting, art award for young artists

1995

Retrospective exhibition featuring works from 1942-1993, held in the Berlinische Galerie in the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin

1999

Dies in Berlin

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