10.422.5 2005

Bernd Koberling

Bernt Koberling (born 1938) comes from Berlin and since the 1960s has occupied an important position on the German art scene with his powerful and distinctive paintings. For the past two decades he has visited Iceland every year and it is there he paints his watercolours. The exhibition consists of 92 large works, all painted in 2004 and his largest paintings to date. What catches Koberling’s attention is not the distant views or Iceland’s dynamic landscape. It is the innumerable details and variations in the arctic flora and climate. He paints the weather, the water and the atmosphere, along with the harsh living conditions at the microcosmic level, represented by leaves, roots, berries, wind-blown plants and fungi. He captures the beauty in the detail, the essence and the purity of life.