Julian Schnabel Photo by Louise Kugelberg, 2016

Schnabel, Julian

Brooklyn, New York, 1951

Julian Schnabel | Artistas | Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa



Born on October 26.


Moves with his family to Brownsville, Texas.


Enrolls at the University of Houston, where he will earn a fine arts degree four years later.


Moves to New York after being accepted into the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Meets Joel Shapiro, Sigmar Polke, and Blinky Palermo.


Holds his first solo exhibition, at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston.


Exhibits at Galerie Dezember in Düsseldorf. Creates his first “plate paintings” and begins to use fragmentation in his work.


Holds two solo exhibitions at Mary Boone Gallery in New York.


Exhibits at Galerie Bruno Bischofberger in Zurich and the Kunsthalle Basel. Takes part in the XXXIX Biennale di Venezia.


Exhibitions of Schnabel’s work are held simultaneously at Mary Boone Gallery and Leo Castelli Gallery, both located in the same building in New York. Schnabel’s work is featured in the exhibition A New Spirit in Painting at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Takes part in the Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Begins to incorporate found objects into his paintings.


Participates in the XL Biennale di Venezia . Creates his first sculptures in bronze. A show of Schnabel’s work opens at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and travels to the Tate Gallery in London. Schnabel’s work is included in New York Now at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf and New Tendencies in New York at the Palacio de Velázquez, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid.


He has exhibitions in both Madrid and Barcelona.


Creates a series of works on waterproof canvas in Mexico.


Participates in Beuys zu Ehren, a homage to Joseph Beuys, at the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus in Munich, showing Grab für Joseph Beuys. A show of Schnabel’s work travels to several museums in Japan. The Whitechapel Art Gallery in London organizes a retrospective of his painting that will travel to the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, in Paris; the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf; the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston during the following two years.


Exhibits the series The Recognitions at the ruins of the Convento del Carmen-Cuartel del Carmen in Seville, an exhibition that will later travel to the Kunsthalle Basel.


The Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Basel organizes a major retrospective of Schnabel’s work on paper that will travel to museums in Nîmes, Munich, Brussels, Edinburgh, and Chicago. Exhibits recent work at CAPC, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Bordeaux and paintings, drawings, and sculptures at the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea in Prato, Italy.


Shows a series of mural-like paintings (6.7 x 6.7 m) at Carré d’Art-Musée d’Art Contemporain in Nîmes, France. An outdoor exhibition of bronze sculptures by Schnabel is held in Saint Moritz, Switzerland.


Begins work on a series dedicated to Olatz López Garmendia.


Begins to introduce photographs in his works on paper.


Two retrospectives of Schnabel’s work are organized in Mexico, at the Museo de Monterrey and the Museo Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City.


The Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona presents an exhibition of his work.


The biopic Basquiat, written and directed by Schnabel, premieres. The Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Bologna holds a retrospective of Schnabel’s work.


Schnabel’s work is included in The Guggenheim Museums and the Art of This Century, the inaugural exhibition of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Takes part in the XLVII Biennale di Venezia.


Schnabel’s work is included in International Currents in Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.


Directs his second film, Before Night Falls, about Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas, which stars Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem. The film wins the Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival.


Schnabel’s work is exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.


Exhibits at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf.


Pace Wildestein Gallery, New York, mounts an exhibition entitled New Indian Paintings and Selected Sculpture. The publishing house Harry N. Abrams publishes Julian Schnabel.


A retrospective of Schnabel’s paintings opens at the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt and later travels to the Palacio de Velázquez, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid and the Mostra d’Oltremare in Naples.


Directs his third feature film, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Le scaphandre et le papillon), a French production of Jean-Dominique Bauby’s novel of the same name.


Receives the Best Director Award at the Cannes Film Festival for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly . Nominated for the Gucci Group Award at the Venice Film Festival. Exhibits at the Beijing World Art Museum in Beijing, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery in Hong Kong, Palazzo Venezia in Rome, and Palazzo Reale in Milan. Tabacalera, Centro Internacional de Cultura Contemporánea, in San Sebastián, Spain, presents Summer: Julian Schnabel.


Receives the Golden Globe Award for Best Director for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly). The film is also nominated for four Academy Awards. Exhibits at the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki and the Zendai Museum of Modern Art in Shanghai. Schnabel’s work is included in UBS Openings: Paintings from the 1980s at Tate Modern in London.


Schnabel’s work is included in New Acquisitions—Rarely Seen Works at the Ludwig Múzeum in Budapest and Paint Made Flesh at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, Tennessee, and the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.


MIXED MEDIA WORKS ON PAPER & MASTER PRINTS opens at the Nikola Rukaj Gallery in Toronto, Canada, and Julian Schnabel: Art and Film opens at the Art Gallery of Ontario, also in Toronto. Schnabel’s Polaroids are exhibited at Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, Düsseldorf, and at the Colnaghi in London; the exhibition will later be on show at Fotomuseum Den Haag, The Hague, Centro Niemeyer in Avilés, Spain, and at diCHromA Photography, Madrid. Presents his film Miral at the Venice Film Festival. His work is featured at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, as part of the exhibition Collecting Biennials. Announces a two-year partnership with the company Maybach; Maybach presents a Schnabel sculpture entitled Queequeg at Art Basel, Miami.


Julian Schnabel. Permanently Becoming and the Architecture of Seeing opens at the Museo Correr in Venice, Italy. Premiere of Schnabel’s film Miral. His work is included in group exhibitions at Modern Art, London, and Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany.

Museo Correr in Venice (Italy) stages a major exhibition dedicated to Schnabel: Julian Schnabel. Permanently Becoming and the Architecture of Seeing.


His work can be seen at CFA Contemporary Fine Arts in Berlin and Guy Pieters Gallery in Knokke-Heist, Belgium.


Café Dolly: Picabia, Schnabel, Willumsen is organized by the J. F. Willumsen Museum in Frederikssund, Denmark. The show later travels to the NSU Art Museum in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.

Julian Schnabel opens at the Brant Foundation in Greenwich, Connecticut, USA.


Solo exhibitions are hosted by a number of galleries: An Artist Has a Past (Puffy Clouds and Strong Cocktails), 13 Paintings Over The Last Decade at Dallas Contemporary, in Dallas, Texas, USA; Every Angel Has a Dark Side at the Dairy Art Centre in London; and LA NIL: Paintings 1988–2014 at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo, Brazil.

His works Spain (1986) and Fakires (1993) are included in The Art of Our Time: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collections, a major exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

Exhibitions of his work are held by Galeria Raquel Arnaud in São Paulo and New York-based galleries Karma and Gagosian Gallery.


Almine Rech Gallery in Paris and Andrea Rosen Gallery in New York organize exhibitions of Schnabel’s work.


Julian Schnabel Plate Paintings 1978–86 opens at the Aspen Art Museum in Aspen, USA.

Shows his work at Blum & Poe in Los Angeles, USA; Vito Schnabel Gallery in St. Moritz, Switzerland; and the Ludwig Museum Koblenz, in Germany.


Paintings that I hope Philip and David would like is on display at the Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut, USA.

Presents work at Pace Gallery and Almine Rech Gallery, both in New York.


At Eternity’s Gate is released, a film about the final years of Van Gogh’s life directed by Schnabel.

Julian Schnabel: Aktion Paintings 1985–2017 is organized by the ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum in Aarhus, Denmark.

With the opening of Orsay through the Eyes of Julian Schnabel, the artist becomes the first living contemporary artist to exhibit in the Museé d’Orsay in Paris.

Presents his work at Pace Gallery in London, and his photographs at OstLicht Gallery for Photography in Vienna.


The exhibition Julian Schnabel is on at the Hall Art Foundation, Schloss Derneburg Museum in Holle, Germany.