Dieter Appelt


Dieter Appelt is one of Germany’s most influential photographers and videographers. Since 1982, the artist has taught photography, film and video at the Hochschule der Kunst in Berlin. In the late 1970’s and 1980’s, the artist’s work was centered on performance art, and his photography developed out of the documentation of his performance. Often, the performances took place within constructed nature-based sculptures or sets and dealt with issues related to primal endurance and decay. This was in part because of the experience of returning home from World War II to find the decomposing bodies of soldiers in neighboring fields. Drawing an obvious influence from artists such as Joseph Bueys, Appelt regards his works as sculptures of time as he often places himself in endurance-testing positions. Appelt has been exhibiting works since the 1970’s and has exhibited extensively in Europe. Major solo museum exhibitions for the artist have occurred at the Guggenheim in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Staatliche Museum in Berlin. The artist is currently represented by Galerie Guy Bartschi is Geneva.