November 17, 2017 – January 28, 2018
MKM Museum Küppersmühle of Modern Art, Duisburg
Born in 1938, Bernd Koberling ranks among the most influential figures in the German art scene. He rose to prominence particularly during the 1980s as “co-father” of the so-called “Neue Wilden”, whose subjective and expressive visual language stood in opposition to the prevailing highly intellectual and conceptual art of the time. Now the MKM is staging the hitherto most comprehensive retrospective of the works of Bernd Koberling: Some 80 paintings from across six decades of artistic activity attest to the enormous stylistic diversity of his output. Koberling discovered his lifelong theme – landscape – at an early stage in his career, and over the ensuing 50 years has remained true to it, in his continual quest for the quintessence of colour and image.
“Bernd Koberling is an artist who has continually reinvented himself, yet remained true to his life’s theme: the landscape as a symbol of human existence. In his painting he gives expression to the universality and timelessness of nature, and embarks upon a journey into eternity, into everywhere and nowhere. At least that is my reading of his work.” (Walter Smerling, Director of the MKM)
A project by the Foundation for Art and Culture, Bonn, curated by Christian Malycha.
The MKM enjoys the generous support of the NATIONAL-BANK Aktiengesellschaft.
Catalogue: Accompanying the exhibition is a comprehensive catalogue, featuring forewords by Thomas A. Lange and Walter Smerling, together with contributions by Demosthenes Davvetas, Kay Heymer and Christian Malycha (264 p., Ger/Eng., 118 col. ill., 35 euro, museum edition, Wienand Verlag, Cologne 2017, ISBN 978-3-86832-402-0).
January 14, 2018 | 11 am
BERLIN 1965: DIE NEUERFINDUNG DER MALEREI (THE REINVENTION OF PAINTING)
Artists’ talks and guided tours of the exhibition with Bernd Koberling (artist), Markus Lüpertz (artist), Christian Malycha (curator), Walter Smerling (Director MKM) | 10 euro, incl. admission
January 24, 2018 | 5 pm
Guided tour: ART APPRECIATION and CULINARY DELIGHTS
21 euro, incl. admission, guided tour, with one beverage and light refreshments
Free guided tours of the Bernd Koberling Exhibition are available each Wednesday and Fridays at 5 pm, Saturdays at 3 pm (until January 28, 2017, except Saturday, December 30, 2017); and on Sundays at 3 pm, there is a tour of both the Exhibition and the collection. Individual tours can also be booked.