Olivier Herdies

Born in Brussels, Belgium in 1906. Died in Stockholm in 1993.

Previous exhibitions at Galerie Bel'Art: 1992

BIOGRAPHY - CV

1906:       
Born in Brussels, Belgium. Parents: the author of literature and art
critic Eugène Herdies and the author Thérèse Meurice.
1907:       
The father leaves the family. Olivier never sees him again.
1914:       
First World War breaks out. Belgium is occupied. The family –
the mother, the two-year-older sister, Hélène and
Olivier – move to The south of England.
1914-18:  
School years in England.
1919:       
The family returns to Belgium.
1923-25:  
Studies at the Académie des Beaux-Arts, in Brussels.
1926-36:  
Theatre studies in Brussels. On the staff of and a journalist with various Belgian and French publications. Wrote essays on poetry, literature and art. Reporting journeys in Germany, Denmark and Norway.
1936:       
The poetry collection “Connaissance du Printemps”, (les cahiers du journal des poètes, Bruxelles), was released.
1937:       
He travels to Sweden on a scholarship, and settles down in Saltsjöbaden.
Here he meats his future wife, Gudrun Huss.
1937-39:  
He decides to stay in Sweden, to avoid the War.
He teaches French, writes articles and makes
radio programs.
1939-47:  
Organizes exhibitions, among others in Saltsjöbaden, with the local artists, as Oscar Bergman, Marja Casparsson, Isaac Grünewald, Sven X:et Erixon and others. Commissariat for “Artists in exile” with amongst others Endre Nemes, Peter Weiss
and Ilmar Laaban.
In 1947 he marries  Gudrun Huss.
1948:       
The mother dies in Brussels. He goes on a longer visit to Paris. He meats with many significant artists, amongst other Richard Mortensen. A lifelong friendship emerges. The same year Olivier begins to paint: in the company of Richard Mortensen. He visits with Rut Hillarp
where Olivier – inspired by Bach – emerges his fingers in blue ink
and starts to paint.

1949:       
The daughter Anne is born.
1949-55:  
An intensive period of experimental painting and trips to France and Italy.
1953:       
The son Michel is born.
1955:       
His first solo exhibition at Colette Allendy in Paris.
Meets Marcel Duchamp and Tancredi Parmeggiani in Paris.
He participates in the exhibition “Il gesto” in
Firenze and Milano.
1956:       
Solo exhibition at Galleri Brinken in Stockholm.
1957:       
Mural paintings: the pharmacy in Rödhaken, Blackeberg and the pharmacy Misteln in Västerås.
1959:       
Group exhibition: “Kring Spontanismen” in Stockholm. 
Group exhibition: “Kontroversiellt” at Stockholm’s College.
1960:
Tancredi Parmeggiani visits Stockholm on his way to Oslo.
Obtains Swedish citizenship. Solo exhibition at Galleri
Observatorium in Stockholm. Solo exhibition: Uppsala University.
1961:
Group exhibition “Nordiskt Sommaruniversitet” in Sigtuna.
Group exhibition: Sturegalleriet in Stockholm. “Vårsalongen”
 and “Stockholmssalongen” a number of times throughout the years 1961-1967.
1962:
Group exhibition: “Svart och Vitt” at the Royal Art Academy in Stockholm. 
Group exhibition: “Phases de L’art contemporain” in Paris.
1963:
Group exhibition: “Le soleil dans la tête” in Paris.
1964:       
Group exhibition: “International exhibition of Modern Contemporary Art” in Edinburgh.
Solo exhibition at Gröna Paletten in Stockholm.
1965:       
Group exhibition in Lund’s Art hall. Participates in, “Moderna Museet besöker Landskrona”. Jubilee exhibition with Galleri Observatorium in Stockholm.
1965-69:  
Group exhibition: “Mikro” at Galleri Hedenius in Stockholm.
1965-80:  
Leader of atelier visits at artists in Stockholm.
1966:       
“Kungafondsstipendiat”(Scholarship). Makes a movie: “Stockholm à L’heure du pop”, 
a movie about the pop art with economical support from the Swedish Film Institute.
1967:        
Solo exhibition: Gallerie A in Stockholm. Swedish Tobacco Company’s travel scholarship to Cavalla in Greece.
Carl-Berthel Nathorsts scholarship. 
1968:        
Solo exhibition: Midsommargården in Stockholm. 
Solo exhibition: Lilla Galleriet in Umeå.
Group exhibition: “Svart och Vitt” at The Art Academy in Stockholm.
1969:        
Solo exhibition: Galleri Latina in Stockholm. Gruppexpo
Galleri Latina in Antibes in France.
1970:        
The Art Academy’s grand working scholarship (For two years).
Solo exhibition: Bollnäs Art Centrum.
1971:        
Member exhibition: The Art House in Stockholm.
1972:        
Group exhibition: “ Konstens stormarknad” at Sveagalleriet in Stockholm. 
Carl-Berthel Nathorsts Scholarship.
1974:        
The City of Stockholm’s Scholarship.
1975:        
Carl-Berthel Nathorsts Scholarship.
1977:        
“Liljevalchs Vårsalong”
Solo exhibition: Galleri Lucidor in Stockholm.
1978:        
The Governments Large Working Scholarship.
1979:        
Group exhibition: Hägringen/Hägerstens Cultural Committee in Stockholm.
1981:        
The Art Committee’s Scholarship.
1983:        
Group exhibition: Grafikgalleriet Konstnärshuset in Stockholm.
1984:        
Olivier Herdies and Greta Falk-Simon, Thielska Galleriet in Stockholm.
1985:        
Solo exhibition: Olle Ohlsson Huset in Solna.
1987:        
Solo exhibition: Konstnärshuset in Stockholm.
1988:        
Group exhibition: Galleri Heikenskjöld in Arboga.
1991:        
Group exhibition: “Dedication to Jazz”, at Aoseum in Åhus.
1992:        
Group exhibition: Konstnärshuset in Stockholm.
Solo exhibition: Galerie Bel’Art in Stockholm.
1993:        
Dies in Stockholm on the December 25th.


2000:        
“Alibi”, Poems and essays are released by Ellerströms publishers in Lund.
¨A tribute¨ exhibition: Thielska Galleriet in Stockholm.
2001:        
Retrospective exhibition: Ystad’s Art museum.
2002:        
Solo exhibition: Präståkra gård in Simrishamn. 
Group exhibition: “Swedish Masters”, at Galerie Bel’Art in Stockholm.


Represented:     Moderna Museet, Stockholm
                             Nationalmuséum, Stockholm
                             Ystads Konstmuseum
              


Literature:    
Amongst others, “Essä om Olivier Herdies” by Öyvind Fahlström. Ord & Bild nr 6, 1959.
“Bildkonsten I Norden”, Beate Sydhoff, volume 5, Publisher Prisma, 1975.
“Gemensamma nämnare”, Lasse Söderberg, Publisher Ellerström, 1999.
Numerous art encyclopedias.