Bernd Zimmer

Germany 1948

Neo-expressionism, Painting

Bernd Zimmer
Bernd Zimmer
April 30, 2016

A highly prolific painter and printmaker, Bernd Zimmer is a German artist known for his pieces that are neither figurative nor abstract but movingly fuse elements of both traditions. He has developed his own unique technique and style that are characterized by bright, intense colors and quick, broad brushstrokes. His vibrant and heavily layered gestural paintings are inspired by the beauty of nature and the world surrounding him.

Bernd Zimmer - Erle, 2011 - Waldspiegel II, 2012 price kunst auction canvas
Bernd Zimmer – Erle, 2011 (Left) / Waldspiegel II, 2012 (Right)

Background and Early Works

Born on November 6th, 1948, in Planegg, Munich District in Bavaria, Germany, Bernd Zimmer settled in Berlin in the early-70s, where he studied aesthetics, philosophy and theology at the Free University. In his early twenties, Zimmer traveled across Morocco, Spain, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Burma, Hong Kong, Mexico, and the South of the US. Fascinated with the Mexican landscape and the outstanding murals by Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros, he began painting as an autodidact upon his return to Germany’s capital. Like most of his works, his earliest pieces – characterized by the use of mainly pure basic colors – were painted directly on the large-scale canvases without preparatory drawings.

Zimmer paints directly on the large-scale canvases without preparatory drawings

Bernd Zimmer - Im Fluss XX, 2015 / Im Fluss XVIII, 2015 kunst price auction münchen villa sign
Bernd Zimmer – Im Fluss XX, 2015 (Left) / Im Fluss XVIII, 2015 (Right)

The First Solo Show

After he worked for several publishing houses, in 1977, he founded the Moritzplatz Gallery along with Rainer Fetting, Helmut Middendorf, Salomé and others. The same year, his debut solo show was held at the artists-run gallery. The artist exhibited a number of his still lifes, interiors, pictures with skulls, figures, and Berlin cityscapes, as well as his monumental piece entitled FLUT. In 1979, he dropped out of studies and received the Karl-Schmidt-Rottluff-Stipendium, which allowed him to quit the various jobs and made it possible for him to live as a freelance artist.

Bernd Zimmer - Mann im Baum, 1982 - Verwandlung, 1983 münchen villa sign
Bernd Zimmer – Mann im Baum, 1982 (Left) / Verwandlung, 1983 (Right)

Between Figuration and Abstraction

In a career that spans over three decades, Bernd Zimmer has created an impressive body of work mostly inspired by the landscapes. From the Cosmos paintings via waterfalls, shore scenes and dense vegetation to freely floating light reflexes in the Schwimmendes Licht series, all his pieces have a dreamy, watery feel. Irregularly situated horizon lines offer very different focal points – the pool in some canvases, the forest in others. Although silhouettes of trees or puddle-like shapes in his paintings evoke light and water, his oeuvre succeeds in its moving away from the overly familiar beauty of its subject into more subjective, more abstracted territory.

His work is mostly inspired by the landscapes

Bernd Zimmer - Magic Tree III, 2013 - Magic Tree IV, 2014 munich karl munich price galerie
Bernd Zimmer – Magic Tree III, 2013 (Left) / Magic Tree IV, 2014 (Right)

Drawing Inspiration from Traveling

In search of inspiration, Zimmer has traveled across globe visiting almost every part of the world. His landscapes are pointedly painted from memory, highly influenced by his journeys and different experiences. His work has been exhibited in more than one hundred individual and collective shows throughout Europe and beyond. Since 1993, he publishes together with Roland Hagenberg the artist magazine PlantSÜDEN. Today, he has the place among the most important living German painter.

The artist is represented by Galerie Karl Pfefferle, München.

Bernd Zimmer lives and works in Polling, Upper Bavaria, Germany and Monteventano, Italy.

Featured image: Bernd Zimmer in Kunstlerhaus Marktoberdorf, photo credits All-in
All images © the artist

YearExhibition titleGallery/MuseumGroup/Solo
2016Druckreif - Zeitgenossischer Holzschnitt - Die XYLON Deutschland und ihre GasteStadtische Galerie Speyer, SpeyerGroup
2016Retrospektive: 30 Jahre - 30 Kunstler/innenKunstforderverein Weinheim e.V., WeinheimGroup
2016Geniale DilletantenaMBUSH Gallery, Sydney, AustralienGroup
2016Auf PapierGalerie Karl Pfefferle, MunchenGroup
2016Nieuwe WildennMuseum Groninger, NiederlandeGroup
2016Alles FliestGalerie Jahn, LandshutSolo
2016Geniale DilletantenMuseum fur Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, HamburgGroup
2016Art CologneCologneGroup
2015KreuzwegLema Sabachtani. Diozesanmuseum BambergSolo
2015KristallweltKunstlerhaus MarktoberdorfSolo
2015UnknownGalerie Noah, AugsburgSolo
2015CosmosThomas Punzmann Contemporary, Frankfurt/MainSolo
2015Gipfeltreffen, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner und Bernd ZimmerBuchheim Museum, BernriedSolo
2015Alles FliesstMuseum HeidenheimSolo
2015Alles FliesstMuseum Angerlehner, Wels/ ThalheimSolo
2015Baum.LichtGalerie Pfefferle, MunchenSolo
2015Bilder und HolzschnitteGalerie Fetzer, Sontheim an der BrenzSolo
2015Don`t look backBrennecke fine art, BerlinGroup
2015Geniale DilletantenHaus der Kunst MunchenGroup
2015Gefuhl und HarteGalerie Pfefferle, MunchenGroup
2015Die 80er Jahre. Figurative Malerei in der BRDStadel Museum, FrankfurtGroup
2015Omnia Signa Nero Su BiancoStudio d Arte Cannaviello, MailandGroup
2015Faszination LandschaftGalerie Schrade, Schloss MochentalGroup
2015ReferenzenGalerie Thomas, MunchenGroup
2015Aufruhr in Augsburg. Deutsche Malerei der 1960er bis 1980er JahrePinakothek der Moderne, AugsburgGroup
2014Alles fliestGalerie Peter Zimmermann, Mannheim, GermanySolo
2014Bernd ZimmerGalerie Brunddhofer, Linz, AustriaSolo
2013AccrochageGalerie Peter Zimmermann, Mannheim, GermanyGroup
2013Bernd ZimmerE.T.A. Hoffmann-Theater, Bamberg, GermanySolo
2013Bernd Zimmer. Bilder 2012-2013Galerie Karl Pfefferle, Munich, GermanySolo
2013Milano, Vienna, Berlino - Testori e la grande pittura europeaSpazio Oberdan, Milano, ItalyGroup
2013Zweite Natur - Holzschnitt und MalereiKulturspeicher OldenburgSolo
2011Bernd Zimmer – Bilder und HolzschnitteGalerie Fetzer, GermanySolo
2010MiscellaneousGalerie Peter Zimmermann, Mannheim GermanyGroup
2010ReflexGalerie Peter ZimmermannSolo
2010Zweite Natur. Bilder 2008 – 2010Galerie Wolfgang Gmyrek, Dusseldorf, GermanySolo
2010Das menschliche FormatDeutsche Gesellschaft für christliche Kunst, Munich, GermanySolo
2009An die NaturAltana Kunstsammlung, Sinclair Haus, Bad Homburg, GermanyGroup
2009Figuration – AbstraktionStaatsgalerie Moderner Kunst im Glaspalast Augsburg, GermanyGroup
2009Perspektive Landschaft – Positionen aktueller LandschaftsmalereiSchlos Achberg, GermanyGroup
2009Zweite Natur, Bilder 2008-2009Galerie Karl Pfefferle, Munich, GermanySolo
2009AccrochageGalerie Peter Zimmermann, Mannheim, GermanyGroup
2008Erweiterte Horizonte - Bilder aus drei JahrzehntenGalerie Peter Zimmermann, Mannheim, GermanySolo
2008Im Anfang...Collegium Oecumenicum, Bamberg, GermanySolo
2007Im Anfang....MalereiGalerie Winter, Wiesbaden, GermanyGroup
2007Licht. COSMOS. Im Anfang war...Galerie Pfefferle, Munich, GermanySolo
2006Lema Sabachtani - 14 Stationen des KreuzwegesUnderground stations in Berlin and in the Museum Nikolaikirche, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2006CosmosKunsthalle Mannheim, GermanySolo
2006Bernd ZimmerGalerie Peter Zimmermann, Mannheim, GermanySolo
2006Lema Sabachtani. 14 Stationen des KreuzwegsMuseum Nikolaikirche, Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin, GermanySolo
2005Bernd ZimmerGalerie Peter Zimmermann, Mannheim, GermanySolo
2004Tikis in the sky with diamondsGalerie Karl Pfefferle, Munich, GermanySolo
2004Russische LandungGalerie Kämpf, Basel, SwitzerlandSolo
2004MalereiKallmann-Museum, Ismaning, GermanySolo
2004Wüste, CosmosHospitalhof, Stuttgart, GermanySolo
2004Bernd ZimmerGalerie Peter Zimmermann, Mannheim, GermanySolo
2003HorizonteGalerie Winter, Wiesbaden, GermanyGroup
2003Nautur-Raum. TikiStädtische Galerie Regensburg, GermanyGroup
2003Mobil 100 (mit Martin Fengel)Museum für Kommunikation, Frankfurt au Main, GermanyGroup
2003Obsessive Malerei, Ein Rückblick auf die Neuen WildenMuseum für Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe, GermanyGroup
2002CosmosGalerie Brennecke, Berlin, GermanySolo
2002Horizonte – CosmosGalerie Edition Copenhagen, Copenhagen, DenmarkSolo
2002OrrizontiGalleria Fabjbasaglia, Rimini, ItalySolo
2002Holzschnitt 1985-2002Städtische Galerie Bietigheim, Bissingen, GermanySolo
2002Bernd ZimmerGalerie am Hauptplatz, Fürstenfeldbruck, GermanySolo
2001CosmosGalerie Kämpf, Basel, SwitzerlandSolo
2001Bilder-LandschaftenKunstverein Bamberg, GermanySolo
2001Holzschnitt 1985-2002Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, GermanySolo
2001HorizontGalerie Brennecke, Berlin, GermanySolo
2001Mobil 100Schatten, Oberhausen, GermanyGroup
2001CosmosGalerie Karl Pfefferle, Munich, GermanySolo
2001Süsee-Visionen, Malerei auf PapierGalerie Grahn, Tabarz, GermanyGroup
2001Aus der Nähe, Ferne, ErdschnittKunstkabinett Regensburg, GermanySolo
2001Bernd ZimmerPurdy Hicks Gallery, London, UKSolo
2000Bilder-LandschaftenKunstverein Niebüll, GermanySolo
2000Bernd ZimmerRichard-Haizmann-Museum, Niebüll, GermanySolo
2000Horizonte, CosmosGalerie Jahn, Landshut, GermanySolo
2000HorizonteGalerie Wolfgang Gmyrek, Dusseldorf, GermanySolo
2000Horizonte, CosmosGustav-Lübcke-Museum, Hamm, Germany and Mole Vanvitelliana, Commune di Ancona, ItalySolo
2000LandschaftMB ART, Stuttgart, GermanyGroup
2000Bernd ZimmerGalerie Christian Dam, Olso, NorwaySolo
2000Bernd ZimmerGalerie Peter Zimmermann, Mannheim, GermanySolo
1998Bilder-LandschaftenGalerie Winter, Wiesbaden, GermanySolo
1994Bernd ZimmerSchloss Morsbroich, Leverkusen, GermanySolo
1993Bernd ZimmerKunsthalle Emden, GermanySolo
1990Werkgruppe 1977 – 1990Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt, GermanyGroup
1990Über-Sicht. Bilder 1986 - 1989Heydt Museum, Wuppertal, GermanyGroup