Bernd Ribbeck

February 28 - April 4, 2009

Galerie Peter Kilchmann is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition of German artist Bernd

Ribbeck (*1974, lives in Berlin). Several small format works on paper and wood (MDF) will be

on display.

Bernd Ribbeck is influenced by artists operating at the fringes of art history or whose works

are orientated at spiritual ideas, such as Hilma Af Klingt (1882 – 1944, Swedish painter,

spiritualist, theosophist and anthroposophist) and Emma Kunz (1892 – 1963, Swiss alternative

practicioner and artist). Ribbeck is also interested in visionary thinkers who are sometimes

detached from the world. Amongst these are architects of modern church buildings such as

German Hans Scharoun (1893-1972), one of the key representatives of Organic Architecture.

He designs peculiarly shaped buildings, which fuse modernist-rationalist ideas and clerical


Inspired by these artists and by exerting self-restraint as regards the format of his works, as

well as in the choice of their shapes, Bernd Ribbeck aims to develop his own style. In his

artistic language, the visionary represents the guideline. It is not primarily designed for

application, but rather seeks to let other worlds proliferate. It is his enthusiasm and not the

purpose of a quotation that creates images, which open up an epic space despite their

abstraction. However, no narrative is being presented. The pictures act like statues alongside

the story of a film. Bernd Ribbeck opens up a fictional world without explanations, creates icons

without religions or, quoting Malewitsch: „naked icons of my era."

Exhibitions: International 3 Manchester, Oldenburger Kunstverein (2009), Manifesta Trento

(2008) Art 38 Basel Statements Galerie Kamm, Bonner Kunstverein (2007), Bielefelder

Kunstverein, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (2006).

The artist will be present at the opening. For photos and further information, please do not hesitate

to contact Claudia Friedli at +41 44 278 10 10 or via email: c.friedli@peterkilchmann.com

The gallery’s second exhibition room will host simultaneously the opening of Maja Bajević's