Franziska Schmidt . Berlin - Kunst Foto Historikerin, Germanistin
Estate of René Bertholo
The Estate of René Bertholo (1935-2005)
René Bertholo was an important Portuguese artist, a representative of pop art and pioneer of computer-generated art. He was also a accomplished experimental musician, composing electronic and classical works, and inventing electronic musical and other devices, including a very first digitally programmable synthesizer. Bertholo had a large number of solo and group exhibitions throughout his peripatetic career in Portugal, Paris, Italy, Germany and other European countries.
"René Bertholo’s work is one of the most unusual cases in the Portuguese artistic context. [...] His art has always rebelled against hastily made categorisations, permanently asserting the freedom to experiment and create and frequently not even hesitating to question the different grammars revealed within it. From the different phases of his painting to his objects and mechanisms, as well as in the extraordinary „sound machine“, that Bertholo has been creating over the last few years, this exhibition will enable us to deepen our understanding of one oft he most singular artistic productions to have emerged in the European context over the last four decades."
(Vicente Todoli, Director of the Museu Serralves, in: René Bertholo, Museu Serralves, Porto, 2000)
Today the work of René Bertholo is part of major public and private collections worldwide.
The estate of René Bertholo includes few works from the years 1998 and 1995 as well as the main part of his late Œuvre. Objects, sketches and his unique synthesizer music machine belongs furthermore to the estate.
For more information about the estate and works of René Bertholo please contact Franziska Schmidt on behalf of the estate:
© Estate of René Bertholo