Nature, largely untouched by man, is the central theme of Bernd Zimmer, who has been working as a painter for more than four decades on motifs such as landscape, vegetation, night sky, weather phenomena and water. However, he does not strive to depict these motifs as accurately as possible, but rather to formulate them freely in the autonomous painting process.

Dr. René Hirner, text excerpt for the exhibition ALLES FLIEßT

Bernd Zimmer

  • 1948 Born in Planegg near Munich
  • 1968 – 1970 Apprenticeship as a publishing bookseller
  • 1972 Trip to Asia
  • 1970 – 1975 Worked as a graphic designer in various publishing houses
  • 1973 – 1979 Studies of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the Free University of Berlin
  • 1975/76 Travels to Mexico and the USA; then takes up artistic work as a painter
  • 1977 Co-founder of Galerie am Moritzplatz in Berlin; first solo exhibition FLUT, Galerie am Moritzplatz , Berlin
  • 1979 Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Scholarship


  • 1980 Exhibition „Heftige Malerei“, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin
  • 1981 Trip to Indonesia
  • 1982 – 1983 Villa Massimo Scholarship, Rome
  • 1983 – 1984 Stay in Rome
  • 1984 Exhibition “A Recent Survey of International Painting and Sculpture”, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
    move from Rom to Polling/Oberbayern
  • 1986 – 1987 Stay in Rapallo
  • 1987 Exhibition Berlinart
  • 1961 – 1987 The Museum of Modern Art, New York / The Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
  • 1988 Exhibition Refigured Painting. The German Image
  • 1960 – 1988 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
  • 1990 Trip to India
  • 1991 Move into the studio in Monteventano/Emilia Romagna
  • 1993 First edition of the artist magazine “PlantSÜDEN” self-published, travel to Libya
  • 1994 Establishment of another studio in Oberhausen near Polling
  • 1995 – 1996 Trip to Polynesia
  • 1996 Stay in Salerno; Creation of the first sculptures in terracotta
  • 1996 – 1999 Travels to Arizona, China, Namibia and Egypt
  • 2003 Exhibition Obsessive Malerei, Museum für neue  Kunst, Karlsruhe
  • 2003 – 2004 Travels to Russia, Syria, Asia and Iceland
  • 2007 Move to a further studio in Warthe/Uckermark
  • 2010 Trip to China
  • 2011 Exhibition 1/10 Second in front of the Warschauer Brücke, Berlinische Galerie, Journey to Vietnam and Cambodia
  • 2012 Exhibition Zweite Natur, Zentrum für Gegenwartskunst, Augsburg
  • 2013 Trip to Chile
  • 2014 The Museum of Modern Art, Passau shows new woodcuts “Alles Flies” together with pictures on canvas
  • 2015 Exhibition „Gipfeltreffen“ with Ernst Ludwig Kirchner at the Buchheim Museum, Bernried
    large survey exhibition “Die 80’er” at The Städel Museum, Frankfurt
  • 2016/17 Trip to India (Varanasi, Bhubaneswar, Tamil Nadu); Exhibition „Geniale Dilletanten“ at Haus der Kunst, Munich/ Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg/ Albertinum, Dresden
  • 2018 Trip to South India (Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka)
  • 2019/20 Intensive work on the realization and implementation of the non-profit STOA169, a hall of columns designed by over a hundred artists from the world
  • 2020 The Museum Fünf Kontinente, Munich opens the exhibition “Tikimania” and shows works by Bernd Zimmer in interaction with objects from the Marquesas Islands.
    In September, the 1st construction phase of STOA169 is opened.
  • 2021 The Kunsthalle Jesuitenkirche, Aschaffenburg shows the exhibition “Kristallwelt”.
    The 2nd construction phase of STOA169 can be completed and opened in September

Lives and works in Polling (Upper Bavaria) and Monteventano (Italy)