1906–1993, Belgium/Sweden

Name Olivier HERDIES
Birth 1906, Belgium
Died 1993, Sweden

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 his father 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 coming 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 and Peter Weiss.
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 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 separate exhibition at Colette Allendy in Paris. He partakes in the exhibition “Il gesto” in Florence and Milan.
1956: Separate exhibition at Galleri Brinken in Stockholm.
1957: Mural paintings: the pharmacy in Rödhaken, Blackeberg and the pharmacy Misteln in Västerås.
1959: Collective exhibition: “Kring Spontanismen” in Stockholm.
Collective exhibition: “Kontroversiellt” at Stockholm’s College.
1960: Obtains Swedish citizenship. Separate exhibition at Gallerie
Observatorium in Stockholm. Separate exhibition: Uppsala University.
1961: Collective exhibition “Nordiskt Sommaruniversitet” in Sigtuna.
Collective exhibition: Sturegalleriet in Stockholm. “Vårsalongen”
and “Stockholmssalongen” a number of times throughout the years 1961-1967.
1962: Collective exhibition: “Svart och Vitt” at the Art Academy in Stockholm.
Collective exhibition: “Phases de L’art contemporain” in Paris.
1963: Collective exhibition: “Le soleil dans la tête” in Paris.
1964: Collective exhibition: “International exhibition of Modern Contemporary Art” in Edinburgh.
Separate exhibition with Gröna Paletten in Stockholm.
1965: Collective exhibition in Lund’s Art hall. Participates in, “Moderna Museet besöker Landskrona”.
Jubilee exhibition with Galleri Observatorium in Stockholm.
1965-69: Collective 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: Separate exhibition: Gallerie A in Stockholm. Swedish Tobacco
Company’s travel scholarship to Cavalla in Greece. Carl-Berthel Nathorsts scholarship.
1968: Separate exhibition: Midsommargården in Stockholm.
Separate exhibition: Lilla Galleriet in Umeå.
Collective exhibition: “Svart och Vitt” at The Art Academy in Stockholm.
1969: Separate exhibition: Galleri Latina in Stockholm. Gruppexpo
Galleri Latina in Antibes in France.
1970: The Art Academy’s grand working scholarship (For two years).
Separate exhibition: Bollnäs Art Centrum.
1971: Member exhibition: The Art House in Stockholm.
1972: Collective 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”
Separate exhibition: Galleri Lucidor in Stockholm.
1978: The Governments Large Working Scholarship.
1979: Collective exhibition: Hägringen/Hägerstens Cultural Committee in Stockholm.
1981: The Art Committee’s Scholarship.
1983: Collective exhibition: Grafikgalleriet Konstnärshuset in Stockholm.
1984: Olivier Herdies and Greta Falk-Simon at Thielska Galleriet in Stockholm.
1985: Separate exhibition: Olle Ohlsson Huset in Solna.
1987: Separate exhibition: Konstnärshuset in Stockholm.
1988: Collective exhibition: Galleri Heikenskjöld in Arboga.
1991: Collective exhibition: “Dedication to Jazz”, at Aoseum in Åhus.
1992: Collective exhibition: Konstnärshuset in Stockholm.
Separate 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.
Commemoration exhibition: Thielska Galleriet in Stockholm.
2001: Retrospective separate exhibition: Ystad’s Art museum.
2002: Separate exhibition: Präståkra gård in Simrishamn.
Collective 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.
Mentioned in numerous art encyclopedias.

Source: Internet

Olivier Herdies född i Bryssel, Belgien 1906, målare. Konstutbildning vid Academi Royale des Beaux-Arts i Bryssel. Han växte upp i Belgien var först verksam som poet
i hemlandet men flyttade i och med giftemål till Sverige 1937 var verksam som målare, konstkritiker i Sverige.
Olivier Herdies hade sin sommarbostad i Vallsta by, där han också har sin atelje och målar. Han målade informellt och intuitivt, med kompositioner präglade av rytm och variationsrikedom. Han bygger upp målningarna som musik. När han börjar vet han inte vad slutresultatet skall bli. ”Jag målar inte vad jag vill utan vad jag är”, säger han. Olivier Herdies var en av de första i Sverige som målade abstrakt och informellt, han var sedan 40-talet varit en av de ledande modernisterna som fört arvet från Miro, Klee etc vidare i Sverige.
Olivier Herdies har ställt ut på Thielska Galleriet och Konstnärshuset i Stockholm och har också deltagit i utställningar på kontinenten, Paris 1955, Florens 1955, Edinburgh 1964.
Representerad på Nationalmuseum och Moderna Museet. Han har också genomfört offentliga utsmyckningar i Blackeberg och i Västerås.

Source: http://www.bollnas.se/index.php/konstnaerer