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1931 born in Alkmaar
1949-1951 gardening school, Hoorn
1951-1952 agricultural work in France
1952-1956 Institute for Research in Plant Diseases, Wageningen
1953 "beginning of my life as an artist"
informal drawings and monochrome paintings
1956 'what is rubbish?'
1956-1962 informal collages [more information]
1959-1963 white paintings [more information]
1960white is superabundance [= wit is overdaad]
white objects
1961-1964 [revue] nul = 0
1961-1968 Institute for Applied Biological Research in Nature, Arnhem
1962 random objectivations [more information]
white, other editions and reprints in 1967, 1980 and 2012
the music of sound
'nul', Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
1964 revue integration
1965 first experiments with language
'there are no contradictions'
1967 travels to Eastern Europe and Russia
1968 'argumentstellen'
1969 travels to Algeria, Sahara, Tunisia and Turkey
first psychedelic experiences
'die lust zur zerstörung ist zugleich eine schaffende lust'
'what is rational?'
1970 travels to Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, India and the Seychelles
in Eschenau
the real works [more information]
1971 travels to Southern India and Ceylon
1972 'my poetry is the world'
chance and change [more information]
experiments with film and photography
1973 travels to Morocco, Rio de Oro, Mauretania and Senegal
'a random sample of the seeings of my beings'
chance fields
1974 travels to Nepal, India, Thailand and Laos
eschenau summer & temporary travelling press publications
'to be all ways to be'
1975 poésie actuelle
'here & everywhere'
'exposition complète de luang-prabang'
the poet in his poetry
1976 travels to India
'this & no thing'
'documents of a stream'
'le jardin sans jardinier'
'true philosophy is immediate actual'
1977 the dust of some roads & a leaf from a tree
no-name or no name
1978 travels to Sikkim
'the earth museum'
1979 film notes
16 dm²
das grosse rasenstück [more information]
1980 'werke 1954-1980', Groninger Museum
'gestern nicht kunst angefangen'
1981 long stay in Los Acevinos, La Gomera
1982 les très riches heures de herman de vries
travels to Morocco
1982 to present natural relations [more information]
1983 to present from earth [more information]
1984 mind moving
film and publication 'belladonna'
'die marokkanische sammlung'
travels to Senegal
1985 scottish diary, first journal [more information]
1986-2018 die wiese | the meadow
1989 das verschlossene paradies
human life
1990-1992 (2012) land consolidation project Weerselo-Dulder
1991-1995 integration. journal for mind-moving plants and culture
le témoin
1992 'terre, vie et poésie', Mouans-Sartoux
'the real works', Edinburgh
'remember gustav theodor fechner'
1993 botanical works
sanctuary Stuttgart
1995 'physics & metaphysics are one'
1996 'this'
1996-2007 mesa
1997 sanctuary Münster
1997-1998 Watergoed, Weerribben (Overijssel)
1997-2008 (2011) 'trees museum', Wateringse Veld, The Hague
1998 Oeuvre Award presented by the Netherlands Foundation for Fine Arts, Design and Architecture
1998 to present tuindorpcollecties tilburg [start slideshow]
1999 'ambulo ergo sum'
1999-2001 sanctuary zeewolde
1999-2003 bois sacré and sanctuaire de roche rousse, Digne-les-Bains
1999-2012 'traces' and 'points' in Digne-les-Bains
2001 'philosophische bemerkungen'
2002 'wynfrith me caesit - herman me recreavit', Düsseldorf
'different & identic', Lausanne
2003-2005 'sacred space', created for the State of Sabotage territory in Baldrockistan (Australia)
2005 'spuren' in the Steigerwald
2007-2010 steigerwald cosmology
holy days
veritas existentiae
2009 'unity', Kröller Müller Museum, Otterlo
'all this here', Schloss Moyland and Kunsthalle Schweinfurt (2010)
2010 'es ist da', Mies van der Rohe Haus, Berlin
2011 'i am', Kunstvereniging Diepenheim
'searching for the source'
2012 to present three gardens for Diepenheim [start slideshow]
2013 im winter auf dem grossen knetzberg • ein journal
2014 'all' and 'no thing', Stedelijk Museum Schiedam and Ketelfactory, Schiedam
the water lilies, Kunstvereniging Diepenheim
from the laguna of venice - a journal -
'ZERO. Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s-1960s', Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
'ZERO. Die internationale Kunstbewegung der 50er und 60er Jahre, Gropius Bau, Berlin
2015 'ZERO. Let us Explore the Stars', Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
herman de vries represented with 'to be all ways to be' The Netherlands at the Biennale Arte 2015, Venice
sanctuary natura mater, Lazaretto Vecchio, Venice
'basic values', Erasmus Huis, Jakarta. The exhibition travelled to Amsterdam and Sittard
2016 'sculptures trouvés', Ernst Barlach Haus, Hamburg
2016-2017 'le sommet des philosophes', project as part of the 'traces project' around Digne-les-Bains (Villard des Dourbes)
2017 sanctuary for HEART, Herning/DK
'chance & change', MUSAC, Léon (SP)
2018 herman de vries was awarded the Gerhard Altenbourg Price
portrait herman de vries 2014

herman de vries in his studio, Eschenau
[photo Joana Schwender, Hassfurt (2014)]