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Bernd Altenstein

Born in 1943 - Germany

BIOGRAPHY

Bernd Alternstein is a German sculptor born April 29, 1943 in Dobrovolsk. Altenstein studied from 1964 to 1969 at the Academy of Fine Arts of Stuttgart in the class of Rudolf Daudert. From 1970 to 1975, he attended the Technical University Carolo-Wilhelmina in Brunswick de Jurgen Weber. From 1975 to 2009, he worked as a teacher at the University of Arts of Breme.

For him, the charm of being a sculptor lies in the alliance between the intellectual and the manual, from the visualisation to the materialization. Individual and social developments are priority subjects for him, he likes placing his sculptures in the middle of the city. According to him, the architectural reflection found in the construction and in the decomposition of plastic volumes is also essential for public debate. He does not see his sculptures as mere ornaments but as optimal bases of reflectiion, catalysts for reasoning.

With Walderman Otto, he invented figurative sculpture in Bremen. Like fixed in action, the characters created by Bernd Altenstein, resemble the citizens of our society, simple and warm. They are represented in their daily life: sitting on a table, working, cleaning or having a drink with friends.

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EXHIBITIONS

Selected Exhibitions:

1985 Nationalmuseum für moderne Kunst, Osaka
1986 Goetheinstitute in Osaka und Tokio
1988 Gerhard-Marcks Stiftung, Bremen, Städt.Galerie, Viersen
1992 Galerie Cohrs-Zirus, Worpswede
1999 Galerie Sculptures, Paris, Galerie Wiek xx, Groningen
2002 Galerie L`Evenement, Vallauris
2004 „Die Bremer Bildhauerschule“, Gerhard-Marcksstiftung, Bremen
2005 Kulturelles Forum, Langenfeld
2006 Rathaus Weikersheim, “Kunst an der Kante“, Städt. Museum Bremerhaven
Galerie Mönch, Bremen
2007 Galerie Skulptur Bamberg
2009 Ruller Haus, Wallenhorst Kunstverein Lohne, Städt. Museum Heibronn, Gerhard Marcks Haus Bremen,
Hans Arp Museum Remagen
2010 Kunstverein Rotenburg/Wümme
2011 Kunstverein Uelzen, Galerie Anja Es, Timmendorfer Strand

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