Bertram Schilling


The idea of the mix is a central theme of my paintings, collages, papercuts and installations. Recurring motifs and sources of inspiration come from my daily surroundings, travel experiences and landscape memories.


”Map, Mind, Memory"
Munich - exhibition 2015

What I see, I paint. What I don' t see, I paint. What I can, I paint. What I can't, I paint.

Concepts of perception, memory and knowledge is what interests me in my work and in particular for the ”Map, Mind, Memory"-project.For the exhibition in Munich I produce pieces which are not guided by a well-defined program but instead are connected very much with intuitive processes and experimental production-methods.Having “the technique” – the means, or ability, to get from here to there, to navigate within your work is always the issue, but while painting, as in most of all art-activity, it is sometimes necessary not to recognize the significance of what you have done, to get lost in your work. In fact the significance could be said to be held in that act of irresponsibility.I like it when paintings and collages become something like the by-product of an almost automatic process, constructing a kind of  “own”, independent variation of imaginary form.To decide and evaluate becomes unnecessary, - the articulation becomes the knowing. The knowing comes out of the process, and it refuels a further effort of articulation.

Short CV: 


born 1971 in Krumbach (Bavaria), lives in Sweden and Germany

1995 – 01  Kunsthochschule Kassel, Akademie der Bildenden Künste München, Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe/ ZKM (Rolf Lobeck, Res Ingold, Ludger Gerdes, Boris Groys, Peter Sloterdijk)

2002 - 03  MFA (Meisterschüler) 



2001  Barcelona, Erasmus-Grant
         „Abschluss mit Auszeichnung“, Kunsthochschule Kassel

2003  MFA/„Meisterschüler“, Prof. Rolf Lobeck, Kunsthochschule Kassel

2004  Curator at Kunsträume Kempten, Exhibition-project, Grant by the City of Kempten and the Bavarian State

2005  European-Travel-Grant by Bezirk Oberbayern Wroclaw/ Poland;
          Prize „Debutantenförderung“, Bavarian State Ministry of the Arts

2007  Prize „Förderpreis der Dr. Rudolf Zorn Stiftung“, Kempten

2008  Artist-In-Residence Manila „The Supreme Genius of Paul Gauguin“/ Film-project

2008 - 2010  Three year grant „Atelier-Stipendium“ of the Bavarian State

2011/12  Project-Grant, Erwin und Gisela von Steiner Stiftung, Munich

2013  Artist-In-Residence, Big and Small Project Space, Ufa, Russia
          Travel Grant Scandinavia, Project-support by the City of Munich, Culture-Department

2014  Project-Grant by Swedish-Finnish Cultural Foundation for Suomennlinna,/Helsinki, Finland

2015  Project-Grant Konstnärsnämnden

2016  Eurpean Grant by Bezirk Oberbayern, Residency at the Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko, Poland

          Prize "Kunstpreis der Stadt Sonthofen"

2016/2017  Styria Artist-In-Residence, Graz, Project-grant by Land Steiermark

2017  Artist-In-Residence, Kökar, Finland

2017  Grant "Kunsthallen-Stipendium", Kempten/Allgäu

2018  Prize "Kunstpreis des Landkreises Oberallgäu", granted at Villa Jauss, Oberstdorf

2019  Grant, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), USA

Selected Solo Exhibitions
Schwäbische Galerie, Oberschönenfeld/ Augsburg (2012); Jakob Henle Haus, Lünen (2012) Kunstverein Mönchengladbach (2011); Galerie Vögtle, Karlsruhe (2011 mit Andreas Stöhrer); Kunstforum Kempten (2010); Galerie Ambacher, München (2010 mit Oliver Winheim); Kunsthaus Villa Jauss, Oberstdorf (2008); Kunsthalle Kempten (2005); Dock 4, Kunstraum Kassel (2001);

Selected Group Shows
Museum of Polish Art, Oronsko (2018); Europäisches Künstlerhaus Freising (2017); Sodu 4, Vilnius (2016); Konstnärshuset Stockholm  (2016), Kunsthaus Kaufbeuren (2016);  Südliche, Sonthofen (2016); ArtQ 13 Rom (2015); Galerie der Künstler, München (2015); Kunsthaus Villa Jauss, oberstdorf (2015); Konstnärshuset Stockolm (2015);
Galleria Rantakasarmi, Helsinki (2014); Studio 44, Stockholm (2012), SIHLQUAI55 Offspace, Zürich (2011); Kunsthalle Kempten (2011); Kunstverein „Graz“, Regensburg (2011); Alte Feuerwache Berlin (2011); Formverk, Eskilstuna (2011); Schloß Bad Grönenbach (2010); Pinakothek der Moderne Munich (2010); Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2009); Polygalerie, Karlsruhe (2009); Staatsgalerie für Moderne Kunst, Glaspalast Augsburg (2009); Galeri u Zlaheto Kohauta, Prague (2009); Städtische Kunsthalle Wroclaw (2005); Hinterconti Hamburg (2003);

Art Fairs
Liste Basel (2009); Preview Berlin (2009, 2010); Supermarket Stockholm (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016); Cph_Alt, Copenhagen(2009, 2016); Und_Karlsruhe (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010); Belgrade Art Fair (2012); Suomi Art Fair Helsinki (2013); Art Athina, Fair Athens (2013); V-art, Värnamo (2009)

Pinakothek der Moderne München, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlung München; Karolinska Institute Stockholm, Gregor Mendel Laboratorien Neu-Ulm; Museen Kempten; Genetikum Stuttgart; Erwin und Gisela von Steiner Stiftung, München; Volkskundemuseum Oberschönenfeld; Stadt Sonthofen; Jakob Henle Haus Lünen; Stadt Fürstenfeldbruck; 

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