Bernd C. Dietrich

1957 in Eilenburg, Germany

Known as the “sand painter”

Bernd Caspar Dietrich mixes various types of sand into his color pigments, from classic bird sand to desert and glacier sand to Baltic Sea sand. He applies this mixture, grinds it off again and again, and covers it with new layers. The result are relief-like structures that only reveal their color intensity when exposed to light. For Bernd Caspar Dietrich, it is not only the play of light and shadow that plays a role, but also the material itself.

After all, sand is one of mankind’s most important resources. Today, two-thirds of the world’s population lives in buildings whose material substance consists of sand. Quartz crystals are also used in communication technology, medicine, and vehicle construction. With his works of art made of sand, Bernd Caspar Dietrich brings the value of this element back into the consciousness of the viewer.

Exhibitions and art fairs

2023:

#OrangeTheWorld, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

10 years – Anniversary exhibition, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

Art Knokke, Gallery Kellermann, Knokke-Heist, Belgium

ZERO23, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

Paper positions, Gallery Kellermann, Berlin, Germany

2022:

Winter exhibition, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

#OrangeTheWorld, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

The Abstract Landscape, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

2021:

Winter exhibition, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

#OrangeTheWorld, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

Betongold, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

2020:

Corona 2020, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

NEW ZERO, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

M-ORANGE25, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

2019:

Cologne Fine Art, Galerie Kellermann, Cologne, Germany

#OrangeTheWorld, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

Reflections, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

The Dead City, artPark Schermbeck, Schermbeck, Germany

Structures!, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

2018:

NEW ZERO, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

Art Karlsruhe, Gallery Kellermann, Karlsruhe, Germany

Business Club Düsseldorf, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

2017:

ZERO 2.0 – Lichtspiele, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

Art Karlsruhe, Gallery Kellermann, Karslruhe, Germany

2016:

ARTFAIR Cologne, Gallery Kellermann, Cologne, Germany

ZERO 2.0, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

Candle Light, Installation, Recklinghausen, Germany

2014:

Artpark, solo exhibition, Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany

2013:

Z.EINS, UNESCO World Heritage Zollverein, Essen, Germany

2007/2008:

Light in the center, Aura-Trilogi, Luxembourg

2001:

Indian Summer, UNESCO World Heritage Zollverein, Essen, Germany

Exhibition Panzerhalle, Ostseeheilbad Zingst, Zingst, Germany

1999:

Studio Exhibition, Alberta College of Art & Design, Calgary, Canada

1996:

Sira House, Christiansand, Norway

Exhibition at Olympic Village, Calgary, Canada

1993:

Annual exhibition, Mc. Kinsey & Company Inc., Cologne, Germany

City Museum Eilenburg, Eilenburg, Germany

1991:

Gallery Kunst im Licht, Düsseldorf, Germany

Artworks in private and public collections

– McKinsey Company, Germany

– Museum of Modern Art, Leipzig, Germany

– Richard Utzig Collection, Calgary, Canada

– Collection of the Province of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

– Asars Constructions sàrl, Rahim Agaajani, Luxembourg

– Potowski Collection, Bottrop, Germany

And many other well-known collections.

Biography

Just like the founders of the ZERO movement, the works by Bernd Caspar Dietrich, born in 1957 in Eilenburg, Saxony, are influenced by light and shadow. His works focus on the materials sand and glass. By transforming them with water and pigment, he creates impressive objects in the tradition of the great Zero artists Heinz Mack, Adolf Luther and Christian Megert. Bernd Casper Dietrich is with his light-kinetic works a second-generation Zero artist.

“Liquid sculptures”: glass objects and mirror cubes in public spaces

From 2000 to 2002, Bernd Caspar Dietrich was a professor at the Alberta College of Art & Design (ACAD) at the University of Calgary, Canada.

Since his return to Germany in 2002, Bernd Casper Dietrich has been increasingly concerned with the transformation of sand into sculptural forms. The result of this development is the concept of “liquid sculpture.” Because glass is not solid in the usual sense, it behaves differently than metals or crystals, as it is only apparently solid. This approach results in spectacular geometrically shaped mirror cubes: Bernd Caspar Dietrich’s unique “energy collector”.

Works by Bernd Caspar Dietrich, who is also the initiator of the “Kunstkompakt Festival Virtuell-Visuell” and aRTPARK festivals, can be found in renowned private and institutional collections.

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