General news

Karel Appel at studio Darien, Connecticut 2001

Dispelling the Myth of “Just Messing Around” - New perspectives on Karel Appel’s use of materials and technique

DEPOT Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, June 24, 2024

The conservation and restoration of artworks from the latter half of the 20th century is facing new challenges due to the increasing use of diverse techniques and complex industrial materials as well as its aesthetic significance within modern and contemporary art. These have led the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands to dedicate a research program to these challenges. One of the projects focuses on three major Dutch artists: Piet Mondrian, Jan Schoonhoven and Karel Appel. The upcoming event within this context will be an interdisciplinary symposium addressing the diverse materials and techniques used by Karel Appel during his career, their meaning within his artistic practice, and the problems they may pose for the conservation of his works. The symposium, a coproduction of the Dutch Cultural Heritage Agency, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and the Karel Appel Foundation will be hosted by the Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam coming June 24.

Galerie Max Hetzler_Publicatie 2023

New publications:

Karel Appel: Four Exhibitions, Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin | Paris | London / Holzwarth Publications, Berlin 2023
With texts and a chronology by Franz Kaiser.

Documenting four exhibitions of Karel Appel's work at Galerie Max Hetzler in Berlin and London between 2019 and 2023, this publication explores Appel's oeuvre created over the course of sixty years – from the influence of action painting and the academic subject of the nude to his poetic assemblages of found objects in three dimensions.

Available here

Karel Appel. Collages 1957-1968

Karel Appel. Collages 1957-1968, published by Jahn und Jahn, Munich, Distributor Buchhandlung Walther König, 2021.

Available here


The Karel Appel Foundation hereby announces the online publication of its first volume of the Catalogue of Works by Karel Appel, encompassing the oeuvre’s latest period from 1990 to 2006. Subsequent volumes will follow in reverse chronological order and in keeping with the progress of the underpinning research. The Catalogue details the reproduction, description of physical characteristics, exhibition history and literature references, contextual information and related works of each painting created within the period, as well as ‘object painting’ (a denomination inclusive of assemblages, reliefs and three-dimensional works) and site-specific installation by Karel Appel, as far as available. Prints, multiples, textiles or theatre props are not included. Drawings are merely included as related to published works.

You can access the Catalogue of Works by Karel Appel through the Karel Appel Foundation's website, or directly here.

Current solo exhibitions

Running Through a Landscape (Tuscan Series), 1990 (fragment)

Galleria Poggiali, Florence

Karel Appel. Toscana

May 04 - September 01, 2024

Image: Running Through a Landscape (Tuscan Series), 1990 (fragment)

Current group exhibitions

Cobra Bird, 1950

Kunstmuseum Ravensburg

COBRA. Traum, Spiel, Realität

November 25, 2023 - June 23, 2024

Image: Cobra Bird, 1950 (left on pedestal)

Recent solo exhibitions

Little Cobra Painting, 1948

Galerie Max Hetzler, London

CoBrA I Non-CoBrA

January 11 - February 17, 2024

Image: Little Cobra Painting, 1948

Rencontre au printemps, 1958

Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin

Karel Appel. Encounter in Spring and what follows

January 13 - February 25, 2023

Image: Rencontre au printemps, 1958

Animal no.24, 1951


Karel Appel. Spinning Six Decades

October 28, 2022 - January 14, 2023

Image: Animal no.24, 1951

Fields no.13, 1979


Karel Appel, Het Nieuwe Werk

September 03 - November 05, 2022

Image: Fields no.13, 1979

Untitled (Documenta III), 1964

Galerie Max Hetzler, London

Karel Appel. Paris / New York

January 20 - February 26, 2022

Image: Untitled (Documenta III), 1964

Eternal Space of Being

Galerie Lelong & Co., Paris

Karel Appel. Eternal Space of Being

November 18, 2021 - January 08, 2022

Image: Eternal Space of Being no.8, 1990

Titan Series no. 7, 1988

EENWERK Gallery, Amsterdam

Karel Appel. Life-size and larger

September 05 - October 09, 2021

Image: Titan Series no. 7, 1988

Horizon of Tuscany no.28

Slewe Gallery, Amsterdam

Karel Appel. Horizon of Tuscany

April 24 - June 27, 2021

Image: Horizon of Tuscany no.28, 1995

Singing Donkeys, 1992

Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin

Karel Appel. Object Paintings

February - April, 2021

Image: Singing Donkeys, 1992

Red Flower, 1997

Almine Rech, Paris

Karel Appel. Figures et paysages

October 12 - November 16, 2019

Image: Red Flower, 1997

Nude no. 32, 1995 

Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin

Karel Appel. Late Nudes, 1985-1997

November 15, 2019 - January 11, 2020

Image: Nude no. 32, 1995 

Recent group exhibitions

Personnage, 1952

Museo Picasso, Málaga

The Echo of Picasso

October 03, 2023 - March 31, 2024

Image: Personnage, 1952

Bataille d’animaux, 1958

Munch Museum, Oslo

The Shape of Freedom

February 23 - May 21, 2023

Image: Bataille d’animaux, 1958

Personage, 1969

Almine Rech, Paris, Matignon


November 18 - December 22, 2022

Image: Personage, 1969


Musée Soulages, Rodez

Chaissac & Cobra, Sous le signe du serpent

November 16, 2021 - May 08, 2022

Image left: Karel Appel, Woman with Cat, 1950 / Image right: Gaston Chaissac, Personnage serpent enroulé, 1949

Nude (Nude Series), 1962

Almine Rech, Paris

Portraits / Abstraits

September 09 - October 09, 2021

Image: Nude (Nude Series), 1962

Brainwave_Slewe Gallery

Slewe Gallery, Amsterdam


September 04 - October 09, 2021

Image: Horizon of Tuscany no.18, 1995

Wooden Cat, 1947

Kunstmuseum Den Haag

Cobra en Chaissac. Zielsverwanten

May 8 - September 19, 2021

Image: Wooden Cat, 1947