ABOUT THE ARTIST

CURRICULUM (PDF)

John von Bergen is a U.S. born artist who studied at The School of Visual Arts in New York. In 2003 he moved to Berlin, Germany with an invitation from the Berlin Senate for Culture. Since living in Germany, his work has been exhibited in various international museums, galleries and institutions, including Halle 14 (Leipzig), Wilhelm-Hack Museum (Ludwigshafen), The Pera Museum (Istanbul), and Smack Mellon (New York). In 2009 von Bergen received the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and in 2012 he presented his first South American exhibition titled "Post-Hyper" at Galeria Pilar in São Paulo (supported by the Berlin Senate for Culture).
2003 - Moved to Berlin, Germany.
1996 - Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with Honors, School of Visual Arts, New York, USA.
1992 - Art Student's League, New York, USA.
1990 - Moved to New York, USA.
1971 - Born in Connecticut, USA.

EDUCATION

1996 - BFA Degree with Honors, School of Visual Arts, New York, USA.
1992 - Art Students League, New York, USA.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014 - Prey Voidant, Alexander Levy, Berlin, Germany.
2012 - Post-Hyper, Galeria Pilar, São Paulo, Brazil.
2010 - Burn Out, Kjubh Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany.
2010 - Whip Lash, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, New York, USA.

2009 - SOOTO Hungry, Galerie Lena Brüning, Berlin, Germany 
2007 - THE ITCH, Galerie Lena Brüning, Berlin, Germany.
2006 - SUBLIMATOR, Galerie Schmela, Düsseldorf, Germany.
2005 - UFO-UMIS, Galerie Lena Bruening, Berlin, Germany.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2013 - Science Fictions, Cafe Warschau, Berlin, Germany.
2013 - The Pleasure House Is About To Burn Down, Jaap Sleper, Utrecht, Netherlands
2013 - Piccola Germania, Cinque Garzoni, Venice, Italy
2013 - My Fear Is Your Desire, Schau Fenster, Berlin, Germany.
2012 - Uncanny Home, Corridor, Reykjavik, Iceland.
2012 - Miniature by Serendipity, Bar Babette, Berlin, Germany.
2011 - A Painting Show, Autocenter, Berlin, Germany.
2011 - Shifting The Everyday, Galerie Levy, Berlin, Germany.
2011 - Fuzzy Dark Spot, Raum Für Zweckfreiheit, Berlin, Germany.
2010 - Unter Oberflächen, Delikatessenhaus, Leipzig, Germany.
2010 - Lost In Summer, White Trash Contemporary, Hamburg, Germany.
2010 - Amsterdam-Berlin, De Service Garage, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
2010 - The Ear Of Giacometti, Galerie Levy, Hamburg, Germany. (catalog)
2010 - Grand Hotel Panhans, Hamburg, Germany.
2010 - Satellites, Freies Museum, Berlin, Germany.
2009 - Octet, Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey, (catalog).
2009 - Cinque Garzoni, Venice, Italy.
2009 - Über Zeichnung, Galerie Olaf Stüber, Berlin, Germany.
2008 - Kunst und Wirtschaft, Genius Hellerau, Dresden, Germany. (catalog)
2007 - Aktive Konstellationen, The Brno House of Art, Brno
2007 - Tombola, Kjubh Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany.
2007 - Works on Paper, Galerie Lena Brüning, Berlin, Germany.
2007 - Niveaualarm, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria. (catalog)
2006 - All American, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, Berlin, Germany.
2006 - Minimal Illusion, Villa Merkel, Esslingen, Germany.
2006 - Abstract art now, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany (catalog)
2005 - Schon vergeben, Art Cologne
2005 - Imaginäre Realitäten, Art Agents, Hamburg, Germany.
2005 - Passion des Sammelns, Halle 14, Leipzig, Germany.
2005 - Pathetischer Betrug, Art Frankfurt (catalog)
2004 - Ein tag, ein raum, ein bild, Sebastian Fath Contemporary, Mannheim, Germany.
2004 - So genau wollt ichs gar nicht wissen, Galerie Olaf Stüber, Berlin, Germany.

ARTISTIC RESIDENCIES, GRANTS AND AWARDS

2011 - Stiftung Künstlerdorf Schöppingen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
2010 - The Fountainhead Residency, Miami, USA.
2009 - Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, New York. USA.
2007 - 7.Stock Residency, Dresden, Germany.
2001 - The MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire, USA.
2000 - Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, New York, USA.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2011 - Samuel Jablon, "John von Bergen", BOMBLOG, Apr 11
2011 - Arsalan Mohammad, "Berlin Gallery Weekend", Artinfo, May 3
2011 - Jessyca Hutchens, "John von Bergen", Berlin Art Link, Apr
2010 - Marina Cashdan, "Smack Mellon", Modern Painters, May
2010 - John Haber, "A tree blows in Brooklyn", Haberarts
2010 - Kees Keijer, "Amsterdam-Berlin", Het Parool, Apr 24, p. 31
2009 - Simone Reber, "Drachenflug", Tagesspiegel, Nov 14
2009 - Andrea Rook, "Konsumenten aller Länder, vereinigt euch!", DNN, Mar 21st/22nd, p. 11
2008 - Kimberly Bradley, “The Battle for Berlin", Manhattan Magazine, Nov/Dec, p. 90
2007 - Thea Herold, “Die Wand wirft Falten”, Tagespiegel, Oct 6, p. 30
2006 - Swantje Karich, “Art Cologne”, FAZ, Nov 4, p.51
2006 - Helga Meister, “SUBLIMATOR”, Westdeutsche Zeitung, Sep 20
2006 - Katja Winckler, “New Home For Art”, Deutschland Magazine, Apr/May, p. 32
2004 - Christina Wendenburg, “So genau wollt ichs gar nicht wissen”, TIP Berlin, Apr 8, p. 68