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Helmut Federle
«Ferner F», 2012. Vegetable oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm. Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna. Photo © Markus Wörgötter, Vienna. © Helmut Federle and Pro Litteris, Zürich Courtesy Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna.

This exhibition of the work and collections of the 17th century Moroccan and Japanese ceramics of the Swiss painter Helmut Federle is placed in dialogue with the Museum’s Islamic art ceramics, both in the space of the Islamic art Hall, at the permanent exhibition, as in the Lower Gallery.

This exhibition includes a selection of fourteen paintings selected by the artist himself, in close cooperation with our curatorship, and around thirty ceramics from both collections.

The main focus of this exhibition is to stage dialogues between the 17th century Safavid ceramics from the Founder’s Collection and the Moroccan and Japanese from Helmut’s collections, but also the way they can relate to his contemporary artistic work and how all is permeated by a general sense of abstraction. The double condition of Helmut Federle as both an artist and a collector is also addressed, both in the exhibition as in its publication.


Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

Founder´s Collection Museum – Galleries and Lower Gallery
Av. de Berna, 45A, Lisbon  | Portugal


Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

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