Biography
1916

Born in Königsberg

1935

A-levels and fatigue duty

1936-41

Medical studies and military service

1941

Ban on studying

1946-50

Studies of painting at the Akademie der bildenden Künste (Academy of Arts), Munich, under Carl Caspar, member of the group ZEN 49

1950-51

Stay in Holland

1951-53

Stays in Paris, studies in the „Atelier 17“ under Stanley Willam Hayter, in contact with Hartung, Poliakoff and Soulages

1953-59

Stay in Munich

since 1953

Member of the group Neue Gruppe, Munich

since 1954

Member of the Deutscher Künstlerbund, Berlin

1955

Participation at the first postwar-exhibition of German artworks in Paris in the „Cercle Volney“, awardee of the „Premio Lissone“

1959

Teaching assignment as professor at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste (Academy of Arts), Berlin, participation at the documenta II

1964

documenta III, Kassel

1965-66

Mural and 14 Stations of the Cross in the Heilig-Geist-Church, Emmerich

1967

Participation at the world exposition in Montreal, German Pavillon

1972/1973

Visiting professor at the College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, USA

since 1978

Member of the Akademie der Künste (Academy of Arts), Berlin and the new Darmstädter Sezession, Darmstadt

since 1979

Member of the Internationale Gesellschaft für Bildenden Künste (International Society of Fine Arts) Paris (1979-84 vice-president, since 1984 honorary president)

1980-83

Vice-president of the Akademie der Künste (Academy of Arts), Berlin

1981

Emeritus professor

1985

Award of the Lovis Corinth-Price in Regensburg, receipt of the Bundesverdienstkreuz

1986

Retrospective exhibition in the Academy Berlin and in the Moderne Galerie of the Saarlandmuseum, Saarbrücken

1989

Assignment für the ceiling painting „Nachthimmel“ in the Residenztheater, Munich

1991

Foundation of the Fred Thieler-Price for painting, art prize for young artists

1999

Died in Berlin