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Béatrice Helg

Born in Geneva, Switzerland in 1956, Béatrice Helg pursued her studies in photography at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, the Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California and at the International Center of Photography in New York. Since 1979, Béatrice Helg's work has been exhibited regularly at European and American museums and galleries.

Recent solo exhibitions include a show atthe Museum Tinguely in Basel, at the IVAM - Institut Valencia d'Art Modern in Spain and at the Rencontres díArles in France, as well as at Martin Summers Fine Art in London, the Galerie Thessa Herold in Paris and Galerie Jan Krugier in Geneva. Helg's work is held in numerous public and private collections such as the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris; the International Center of Photography, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

A recent monograph Béatrice Helg - In the light of shadow, published by Actes Sud and Edition Braus, is available upon request. The Joel Soroka Gallery has represented Béatrice Helg's work since 1993. In the Winter 2008-2009, the gallery was pleased to host Helg's eventh solo exhibition in Aspen.


The artist's work.

Béatrice Helg's art holds a unique place within the tradition of staged and constructed photography that evolved in the 1980's. Her beautifully composed abstract images play between reality and illusion. With found materials - rusted iron, steel plates or sheets of glass, the artist creates monumental spaces, which echo with a timeless, archaeological resonance. In her silent universe the murmur of a latent metaphor can be imperceptibly heard.

Béatrice Helg's imagery endures in the mind's eye as it invites the viewer to search for and contemplate the absolute.


Solo Exibitions


2010        Galerie Thessa Herold, Paris, France
2009        "A Metaphysical World - Part II", Joel Soroka Gallery, Aspen, Colorado
2008        "A Metaphysical World", Joel Soroka Gallery, Aspen, Colorado
                 "Métamorphoses", Galerie Jan Krugier & Cie, Geneva, Switzerland
2007        "Dans la lumiére de l'illusion", Galerie Thessa Herold, Paris, France
                 "Twilight", Martin Summers Fine Art Ltd., London, England
2006        "Béatrice Helg - A la lumiére de l'ombre", Chapelle Saint-Martin du Méjan, Rencontres
                 d'Arles, Arles, France
                 "Béatrice Helg", IVAM - Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Valencia, Spain
                 "Béatrice Helg", Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland
2005        "Crépuscule", 6e Rencontres photographiques en Sud-Gironde, Eglise Saint-Martin de
                 Montphélix, Pondaurat, France
                 "Light, Space, Matter", Recent works 2003-2005, Joel Soroka Gallery, Aspen, Colorado
                 "Luminous Space - An exhibition of recent photographs by Béatrice Helg", Jan Krugier
                 Gallery, New York
2004        "Eloge de l'éphémére", Galerie Thessa Herold, Paris, France
                 Art Chicago 2004, Joel Soroka Gallery, Festival Hall, Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois
2003        "Matiéres d'œuvre(s)", Le Château d'Eau, Toulouse, France
2002        "Equilibrium - Part II", Joel Soroka Gallery, Aspen, Colorado
                 "De l'ombre à la lumiére", Galerie Jan Krugier, Ditesheim & Cie; Geneva, Switzerland
                 "Equilibrium", Joel Soroka Gallery, Aspen, Colorado
2001        "Presence", Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, California
                 "Béatrice Helg: Ten Years", Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, California
2000        "Présence et transparence", Galerie Ditesheim, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
                 "A la lumiére de l'ombre", Galerie Jacques Elbaz, Paris, France
                 "Béatrice Helg", Annual Meeting 2000 of the World Economic Forum, Congress Centre,
                 Davos, Switzerland
1998        "Espace-lumiére", Galerie Sonia Zannettacci, Geneva, Switzerland
1997        "Scala", Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
                 "Theatre of light: Cibachrome prints 1990-95 - Part II", Joel Soroka Gallery, Aspen,
                 Colorado
1996        "Theatre of light: Cibachrome prints 1990-95", Joel Soroka Gallery, Aspen, Colorado
                 "Espai-llum", Primavera Fotogràfica 1996, Verena Hofer Galeria d'art, Barcelona, Spain
1995        "Espace-lumiére", in the context of the reopening of the Musée de la photographie à
                 Charleroi, Charleroi, Belgium
                 "Spatial Illusions", Jayne H. Baum Gallery, New York
1994        "Architectonic Illusion", Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach Community
                 College, Daytona Beach, Florida
                 "Escaliers", in the context of the Stairs Genéve event by Peter Greenaway, Galerie Sonia
                 Zannettacci, Geneva, Switzerland
1993        "Théâtres de la lumiére", Derby Photography Festival 1993: "The City", Old Crown Court,
                 Derby, England
                 "Theaters of Light: Photographs by Béatrice Helg", The Museum of Contemporary
                 Photography, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
1992        "Perpendiculum", Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
1991        "Perspectives", Galerie Sonia
                 Zannettacci, Geneva, Switzerland
                 Galerie Baudoin Lebon, Paris, France
                 Découvertes 91: Art Actuel - Photographie, Galerie Sonia Zannettacci, Grand Palais,
                 Paris, France
1989        Torino Fotografia '89 - Biennale Internazionale, Turin, Italy
                 "Recent Cibachrome and Polaroid Photographs", The Witkin Gallery, Inc., New York
1988        The Photographer's Gallery, London, England
                 Fotogalerie 68, Hoensbroek, The Netherlands
                 Pierce Street Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan
                 FotoFest - The International Month of Photography, Jack Meier Gallery, Houston, Texas
1987        Galerie Sonia Zannettacci, Geneva, Switzerland
                 "Géométries", Maison de la Culture d'Amiens, Amiens, France
                 Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany
1986        "Visages de Silence", Konishiroku Photo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
                 "Visages de Silence et Géométrie", Fondation Nationale de la Photographie, Lyon,
                 France
                 Jane Corkin Gallery, Toronto, Canada
                 The Witkin Gallery, Inc., New York
1984        Galerie Pro Photo, Nuremberg, Germany
                 "Intemporel", Galerie Dreiseitel, Cologne, Germany
1983        "Visages de Silence", Galerie Sonia Zannettacci, Geneva, Switzerland
                 Jane Corkin Gallery, Toronto, Canada
                 "Stille Gesichter", Galerie für Fotografie, Stuttgart, Germany
                 "Stille Gesichter", Galerie Zur Stockeregg, Zurich, Switzerland
1979        Sunprint Gallery, Madison, Wisconsin


Selected Group Exibitions


2010        Paris Art Picture, Galerie Thessa Herold, Place Vendôme, Paris, France
                 Art 41 Basel, Edwynn Houk Gallery, Messe Basel, Basel, Switzerland
                 "Dialogues contemporains", Galerie Krugier & Cie, Krugier & Cie Art Contemporain;
                 Geneva, Switzerland
                 The AIPAD Photography Show, Joel Soroka Gallery, The Park Avenue Armory, New York
                 ArtParis + Guests 2010, Galerie Thessa Herold, Grand Palais, Paris, France
                 "Polaroïd en péril", Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
                 "A selection of works by gallery artists", Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York
2009        Art Basel Miami Beach, Edwynn Houk Gallery, Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami
                 Beach, Florida
                 Paris Photo, Galerie Thessa Herold, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France
                 "Selection of works by Gallery Artists", Edwynn Houk Gallery, New
                 York
                 Art 40 Basel, Edwynn Houk Gallery, Messe Basel, Basel, Switzerland
                 AIPAD - The Photography Show 09, Joel Soroka Gallery, The Park Avenue Armory, New
                 York
                 "Maîtres des XIXe et XXe siécles et artistes contemporains", Galerie Jan Krugier & Cie,
                 Geneva, Switzerland
2008        Art Basel Miami Beach, Jan Krugier Gallery, Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami
                 Beach, Florida
                 Galerie Thessa Herold, Paris, France
                 Art 39 Basel, Galerie Jan Krugier & Cie, Messe Basel, Basel, Switzerland
                 ArtParis 08, Galerie Thessa Herold, Grand Palais, Paris, France
2007        Art 38 Basel, Galerie Jan Krugier & Cie, Messe Basel, Basel, Switzerland
                 "Escaliers : la verticale du possible", Galerie Charlotte Norberg, Paris, France
                 AIPAD - The Photography Show ‘07, Joel Soroka Gallery, 7th Regiment Armory,
                 New York
2006        Art Basel Miami Beach, Jan Krugier Gallery, Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami
                 Beach, Florida
                 "Un monde NON-OBJECTIF en photographie II", Galerie Thessa Herold, Paris, France
                 AIPAD - The Photography Show '06, Joel Soroka Gallery, 7th Regiment Armory,
                 New York
2005        "Objets de Mémoire - Mémoire d'Objets", in the context of the Rencontres d'art 2005,
                 Musée Ingres, Montauban, France
2003        "Un monde NON-OBJECTIF en photographie", Galerie Thessa Herold, Paris, France
2001        Galerie Jacques Elbaz, Paris, France
                 Art 32 Basel, Galerie Jan Krugier, Ditesheim & Cie; Krugier-Ditesheim Art
                 Contemporain, Messe Basel, Basel,Switzerland
1999        "Spatial Relations", Rosenberg + Kaufman Fine Art, Ltd., New York
                "Innovation/Imagination: 50 Years of Polaroid Photography", The Friends of Photography -
                 Ansel Adams Center, San Francisco, California
1996        "IM KUNSTLICHT Photographie im 20. Jahrhundert aus den Sammlungen im Kunsthaus
                 Zürich", Kunsthaus Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
                "Truths and Trials: Color Photography Since 1975", The Minneapolis Institute of Arts,
                 Minneapolis, Minnesota
1995        "La collezione di fotografia svizzera della Banca del Gottardo", Galleria Gottardo, Lugano,
                 Switzerland
1992        "Alberola, Bertrand, Cole ... Une sélection d'oeuvres du Fonds régional d'art
                 contemporain de
                 Champagne-Ardenne", Fonds régional d'art contemporain de Champagne-Ardenne,
                 Reims, France
                 Découvertes 92: Art Actuel - Photographie, Galerie Sonia Zannettacci, Grand Palais,
                 Paris, France
1991        "Tours du Monde: De Babel à nos jours", Tour Eiffel, Paris, France
                "Parfum d'Elle" (Prix Claude Montana), in the context of Découvertes 91: Art Actuel -
                 Photographie, Grand Palais, Paris, France
1990        "10", Galerie Sonia Zannettacci, Geneva, Switzerland
1989        "Contemporary Swiss Photography", Galerie Zur Stockeregg, Zurich, Switzerland
1988        "Photography on the Edge", The Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University,
                 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
                "Fabrications: Staged, Altered and Appropriated Photographs", Carpenter Center for the
                 Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
1987        "Photographes européens", Month of Photography, Musée d'Art moderne, Liége, Belgium
1986        "50 Years of Modern Color Photography 1936-1986", Photokina, Cologne, Germany
1985        "Dreamscapes - Recent Polaroid 20x24 Photographs", Clarence Kennedy Gallery,
                 Cambridge, Massachusetts
1984        "Arte scienza creatività nella fotografia immediata", Castello Sforzesco, Milan, Italy
1983        "In Grand Perspective", The Photographer's Gallery, London, England
1981        Studio 666, Paris, France


Collections (selections)

American General Corporation, Houston, Texas
Bank Julius Baer, Geneva Branch, Geneva, Switzerland
Bank Brussels Lambert, Geneva, Switzerland
Bank for International Settlements, Basel, Switzerland
Bank von Ernst & Co. Ltd., Geneva, Switzerland
Bank One, Houston, Texas
Banque Cantonale de Genéve, Geneva, Switzerland
Banque et Caisse d'Epargne de l'Etat du Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Bibliothéque nationale de France, Paris, France
Cabinet cantonal des estampes, Musée Jenish, Vevey, Switzerland
Cabinet des estampes du Musée d'art et d'histoire, Genéve; Geneva, Switzerland
Credit Suisse, Geneva, Switzerland
Deutsche Leasing AG, Bad Homburg v.d. Höhe, Germany
Fonds d'art contemporain de la Ville de Genéve, Geneva, Switzerland
Fonds de décoration et d'art visuel de l'Etat de Genéve, Geneva, Switzerland
Fonds régional d'art contemporain de Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France
Fotostiftung Schweiz, Winterthur, Switzerland
Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla Collection, New York
Goldman Sachs & Co, New York
Gotthard Bank, Lugano, Switzerland
Hôpital Cantonal de Genéve, Geneva, Switzerland
International Center of Photography, New York
International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, Rochester, New York
IVAM - Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Valencia, Spain
Le Château d'Eau, Toulouse, France
Lombard Odier & Cie, Geneva, Switzerland
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
Maison de la Culture d'Amiens, Amiens, France
Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France
Musée d'art et d'histoire de Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland
Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
Musée Nicéphore Niépce, Chalon-sur-Saône, France
Musée de la photographie à Charleroi, Charleroi, Belgium
Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
Polaroid, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Prudential Insurance, New York
Shell Oil Company, Houston, Texas
Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, Florida
S.W.I.F.T., Brussels, Belgium
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Houston, Texas
Trafigura Beheer B.V. Amsterdam, Geneva, Switzerland
Unigestion, Inc.; Geneva, Switzerland
UBS, Geneva, Switzerland


Selection Biography


2009        Paris Photo, exhibition catalogue, Galerie Thessa Herold, Paris, France
2008        Le Monde diplomatique, No 656, November, Paris, France
2007        "Dans la lumiére de l'illusion", exhibition catalogue, Galerie Thessa Herold, Paris, France,
                 preface by Anne Tronche
                 "Escaliers : la verticale du possible", exhibition catalogue, Galerie Charlotte Norberg &
                 Editions Les Nouvelles
                 Coïncidences, Paris, France, essays by Lydie Decobert, Andreï Lebedev, Anne Laure
                 Meyer and Daniel Sibony
                 "Twilight ", exhibition catalogue, Martin Summers Fine Art Ltd., London, England, preface
                 by Colin Gleadell
2006        "Un monde NON-OBJECTIF en photographie II", exhibition catalogue, Galerie Thessa
                 Herold, Paris, France, preface by Philippe Piguet Artpassions, no. 7, Fall issue, Geneva,
                 Switzerland
                 "Les Rencontres d'Arles 2006", exhibition catalogue (French and English editions), Actes
                 Sud, Arles, France, text by Sylviane Dupuis
                 "Béatrice Helg", exhibition catalogue, IVAM - Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Valencia,
                 Spain, essays by Consuelo Císcar Casabán, Philippe Piguet and Jaime Siles
                 Béatrice Helg - A la lumiére de l'ombre, Actes Sud, Arles, France and Béatrice Helg - Im
                 Licht der Schatten, Edition Braus, Heidelberg, Germany, monograph, essays by Alain
                 Sayag and Guido Magnaguagno
2005        "Mémoire d'Objets", exhibition catalogue, Musée Ingres, Montauban, France, text by
                 Danielle Chevalier
2004        "Eloge de l'éphémére", exhibition catalogue, Galerie Thessa Herold, Paris, France,
                 preface by Philippe Piguet
2003        "Un monde NON-OBJECTIF en photographie", exhibition catalogue, Galerie Thessa
                 Herold, Paris, France, preface by Michel Poivert
2002        Scénes Magazine, no. 154, November, Geneva, Switzerland, article by Françoise-Héléne
                 Brou
                "Béatrice Helg: De l'ombre à la lumiére", exhibition catalogue, Galerie Jan Krugier,
                 Ditesheim & Cie; Geneva, Switzerland, preface by Jean-Pierre Luminet
2000        "Béatrice Helg", exhibition catalogue, Annual Meeting 2000 of the World Economic
                 Forum, Davos, Switzerland, essay by William A. Ewing
1999        Innovation/Imagination: 50 Years of Polaroid Photography, book published by Harry N.
                 Abrams, Inc., New York & The Friends of Photography, San Francisco, California,
                 introductions by Barbara Hitchcock and Deborah Klochko, essay by Deborah Martin Kao
1995        Photographie ouverte, no. 97, November-December, Musée de la photographie à
                 Charleroi, Charleroi, Belgium, essay by Georges Vercheval
                "The Gotthard Bank's Swiss photography collection", exhibition catalogue, Galleria
                 Gottardo, Lugano, Switzerland, essay by Guido Magnaguagno
                The New York Observer, January 30, New York, article by A.D. Coleman
1994        "Architectonic Illusion - Photographs by Béatrice Helg", exhibition catalogue, Southeast
                 Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, Florida, essay by Anne Barclay Morgan
1993        European Photography Award 1993, European Photography, Göttingen, Germany, book
                 with essay by Jean-Christophe Ammann
1991        "Tours du Monde de Babel à nos jours", exhibition catalogue, Société Nouvelle
                 d'Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel, Paris, France, introduction by Bernard Rocher
                "Découvertes", Prix Claude Montana exhibition catalogue, Montana Parfums, Paris,
                 France, essay by Bernard Lamarche-Vadel
1990        "10", exhibition catalogue, Galerie Sonia Zannettacci, Geneva, Switzerland, essay by
                 Roland Topor
1989        ARTnews, volume 88, no. 8, October, New York, article by Elizabeth Hayt-Atkins
                 Perpendiculum - Béatrice Helg, JR Editions, Geneva, Switzerland, monograph, essays by
                 William A. Ewing and Antoine Raybaud
                 Photography, no. 31, April, London, England, article by Victoria Lukens
1987        Fabrications: Staged, Altered and Appropriated Photographs, Anne H. Hoy, Abbeville
                 Press, New York
1986        "50 Years of Modern Color Photography 1936-1986", exhibition catalogue, Photokina,
                 Cologne, Germany, preface by Manfred Heiting
                 Popular Photography, volume 93, no. 8, August, New York, article by Susan Piperato
1984        Arte scienza creatività nella fotografia immediata, Massimo Baldini Editore, Milan, Italy
1983        "Béatrice Helg", exhibition catalogue, Galerie Sonia Zannettacci, Geneva, Switzerland
                 and Galerie Dreiseitel, Cologne, Germany, essay by Jean-Luc Daval
                 Portfolio I - Photographie, Verlag Photographie, Schaffhausen, Switzerland