Fred Thieler

Life data
* 03-17-1916 | Königsberg
† 06-06-1999 | Berlin

Works by Fred Thieler

Fred Thieler

Born in Königsberg
Studied Medicine; Military service
Banned from studying for "racial" reasons
Studied painting at the Academy of Visual Arts in Munich, under Carl Caspar; Member of the artists' group called "ZEN 49"
Beginning of a long-standing friendship with John Anthony Thwaites and Brigitte Meier-Denninghoff
Participation in the exhibition "Kunstschaffen in Deutschland", Central Art Collecting Point, Munich
Several extended trips to the Netherlands
Several extended trips to Paris
Studied in the "Atelier 17" under Stanley William Hayter; Forged contact to Hans Hartung, Serge Poliakoff and Pierre Soulages
Domiciled in Munich
From 1953 member of the artists' group "Neue Gruppe München"
From 1954 member of the German Artists' Association (Deutsches Künstlerbund), Berlin
Participation in the exhibition "Peintures et sculptures non-figuratives en Allemagne d´aujourd´hui", Cercle Volney, Paris; Premio Lissone, Lissone/Italy
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
Participation in the XXIX Biennial in Venice (together with Cavael, Goetz, Schumacher, Sonderborg)
Participation in the "documenta II", Kassel; Professor at the Academy for Visual Arts, Berlin (until 1981)
Participation in the "documenta III", Kassel
Artistic design of the walls and the 14 Stations of the Cross for the Heilig-Geist-Kirche, Emmerich
Participation in the World Exhibition in Montreal, German Pavilion
Visiting professor at the College of Art and Design, Minneapolis/USA
From 1978
Member of the Academy for Visual Arts, Berlin, and of the artists' group Neue Darmstädter Sezession (New Darmstadt Secession), Darmstadt
From 1979
Member of the Internationale Gesellschaft für Bildende Künste, Paris (1979-1984 Vice-President, from 1984 Honorary President)
Vice-President of the Academy for Visual Arts, Berlin
Participation in the exhibition "Die Malerei der Informellen heute" (Informel Painting Today) in the Moderne Galerie of the Saarland-Museum, Saarbrücken
Awarded the Lovis-Corinth Prize
Awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
Foundation of the Fred-Thieler Award for painting, art award for young artists
Retrospective exhibition featuring works from 1942-1993, held in the Berlinische Galerie in the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
Dies in 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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