Karen Appel, born in 1921 in Amsterdam (1921 - 2006)

Karel Appel studied at the Royal Academy of Arts in Amsterdam between 1940 and 1943 and began to exhibit in 1946. Then he joined the Nederlandse Experimentele Groep on July 16th, 1948. The international movement CoBrA is created on  November 8th in the hotel Notre Dame in Paris by Dotrement, Noiret (Belgium), Jorn (Denmark), Appel, Constant and  Corneille (the Netherlands). As Dubuffet, Giacometti and Bacon, the CoBrA group pursues diverse form explorations looking for the human condition more than pictorial values that were dominating in Europe.

Appel's works are expressive, inspired by popular art, kids drawings or rock painting. In 1950, the artists moved to Paris and met the art critic Michel Tapié who organizes exhibitions with his work. During the fifties/sixties, he created several frescos for public edifices. At the end of his career, Appel realized three-dimensional paintings by adding objects directly on the canvas.


Exhibitions selected


2015/2016 - Rétrospective - dessins de Karel Appel, Centre Geroges Pompidou, Paris
2013 - Karel Appel. I do not paint, I hit ! Museum Jorn, Silkeborg, Denmark
2011 - Karel Appel & Van Gogh, Vincent van Gogh, Huis, Zundert, Netherlands
2008 - Karel Appel. Jazz 1958-1962, Cobra Museum, Amstelveen, Netherlands
2004 - Onderweg. Reis van Rudi Fuchs langs de kunst der Lage Landen, Palais des Beaux Arts, Bruxelles
2003 - Cobra: Copenhagen Brussel Amsterdam, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England
2002 - Paris: Capital of the Arts, 1900-1968, The Royal Academy of Arts, London
2001 - The Will to Power of the Planets Zomeropstelling 2000, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam


Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam
Musée Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Bruxelles
Louisiana Museum, Humblebaek, Denmark
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, United States
Tate Modern, London
Les Abattoirs, Toulouse
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City
Musée d'art moderne et d'art contemporain, Nice
National Museum of Art, Osaka
Musée National d'Art Moderne
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rouen
Musée d'art contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Vitry-sur-Seine