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Bernd Berner

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Bernd Berner
1930born in Hamburg
1948/51trained as a lithographer in Hamburg with great enthusiasm for French Cubism and Fernand Léger
1952moved to Stuttgart. Berner is a great admirer of Willi Baumeister, whose book "Das Unbekannte in der Kunst" (The Unknown in Art), published in 1947, will have a lasting influence on Berner's art
 Works as a lithographer at various art schools
 At the end of the 1950s, he creates his first color fields, the so-called Flächenräume (surface spaces)
 1965 Together with Klaus Jürgen-Fischer, Eduard Micus, Erwin Bechtold and Rolf-Gunter Dienst, Berner founds the artist group SYN in 1965, which represents the idea of a holistic art beyond the definition of a formalism
1967Berner receives the Villa Romana Prize and goes to Florence for a year
 Numerous exhibitions at home and abroad
1970Dissolution of the SYN group
1971-1994Professorship for painting at the University of Applied Sciences for Design in Pforzheim
1973artistic stay at the Cité des Arts in Paris
 Berner is a member of the Deutscher Künstlerbund and exhibits regularly there as well as in the exhibitions of the Darmstädter Sezession or the annual Große Kunstausstellungen in the Haus der Kunst in Munich
 Berner lives and works in studios in Stuttgart, Switzerland and in Paris
2002Bernd Berner dies in Stuttgart
 Solo exhibitions (selection)
1970Bernd Berner - Painter of Painting, modern art gallery, Berlin
1982Bernd Berner - Structure - Surface - Space, Gallery Wilbrand, Cologne
1984Bernd Berner - Surface Space (1959-1984), Oldenburg State Museum
1991Kunsthalle Mannheim, Art Association Göppingen
2004Museum Villa Haiss, Zell am Harmesbach
2016Bernd Berner - Works from four decades, VANH HAM Art Estate, Hamburg
2018Bindhold Gallery, Cologne
 Group exhibitions (selection)
1961International Painting. German Order Castle Wolframs-Eschenbach
1963Deutscher Künstlerbund, annual exhibition (1969, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1991)
1964State Museum of Art and Cultural History
1965Institute of Contemporary Arts
1966Academy of Arts, Berlin
1967Badischer Kunstverein, Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden
1968Karl-Ernst-Osthaus Museum, Hagen
1969Kassel Art Association
1969Künstlerbund Baden-Württemberg (1971, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1994)
1973Recklinghausen Municipal Art Gallery
1977Darmstädter Sezession (1979, 1985, 1989, 1991, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003), State Art Gallery, Baden-Baden
1979House of Art, Munich
1987Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen on the Rhine
1990Heidelberger Kunstverein, Walker Hill Art Center, Seoul, Korea
1993Landeskunstwochen Aalen
1994Kreissparkasse, Esslingen-Nürtingen (1997)
1995State Art Gallery Mannheim
2013Gottorf Castle, Schleswig
After the Second World War, some artists, marked by the experience of war and tyranny, want to make a new start and begin to elevate color to the sole subject of the picture. The innovation: not the form or the figure, a symbol or an action determine the picture, but the color alone, largely detached from any serving task. Artists begin to investigate the intrinsic effect and function of color in terms of light, space, surface, form, matter, time and movement. Color is stripped of its cloak of illusionary and representational function. Instead, artists celebrate the sound evoked by it, the psychic energy of color as the focus of sensory experience.
Bernd Berner's "Flächenräume" are poetically charged color spaces that actively challenge the viewer, drawing him into the picture and simultaneously projecting their spatiality onto him through the radiant power of the color substance. 
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