Awarding of the Ricola Collection Prize to Helmut Federle (left) on 20. January 2016 at Ricola in Laufen. Lukas Richterich, President of Ricola Familienholding, congratulates Helmut Federle on his receipt of the Ricola Collection Prize.

Ricola Collection Prize Awarded to Helmut Federle

“Metropolitan and international” is how the German writer Jan Thorn-Prikker describes the art of Helmut Federle. “Commanding and self-assured, he leaves the boundaries dividing countries, continents and times behind him,” writes Thorn-Prikker, “and as a citizen of the world operates in alien cultures as if he had always been at home in them. His field is the world, his time is history, his points of reference are the great civilizations of all times.”

Helmut Federle was born in Solothurn in 1944. He was a student in Franz Fedier’s painting class in Basel from 1964 to 1969 and from 1999 to 2007 was himself a professor at the Düsseldorf Art Academy. Federle exhibited his works in the Swiss Pavilion at the 1997 Venice Biennale. The Ricola Collection Prize was awarded to Helmut Federle in Laufen on 20 January 2016. The artist’s works are exhibited in Ricola’s marketing building. The laudation by Stanislaus von Moos is available in print and can be requested from the Sammlung Ricola.

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