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Bodo Sperling

Bodo Sperling
Bodo Sperling
Born Bodo Sperling
(1952-05-06)May 6, 1952
Hanau, Hessen, GE
Nationality German
Education University of Tübingen
Known for Objects, Painting, Concepts
Notable work(s) Objectivism
Movement Conceptual Art

Bodo Sperling (born May 6, 1952) is a German artist, painter and inventor.


  • Life 1
  • Exhibitions (selection) 2
  • Collections, commissions, public art 3
  • Awards 4
  • References 5
  • Literature 6
  • External links 7


Bodo Sperling grew up in Frankfurt am Main, Leipzig, Amsterdam and Berlin. He started his artistic career in Amsterdam. There he sold his pictures he had painted during the day on the street every night at Club Paradiso (Amsterdam). One focus of his work is the development of scientific models by looking at the aesthetics, and the implementation of scientific models in objects. In 1985 he calls his art direction "Objectivism".[1]

Another focus of his work is the documentation of physical processes through their aesthetic. The German philosopher Thomas Metzinger, manager of the workspace Neurophilosophy at Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies. Science Arts writes in the catalogue Transparency of Consciousness that "Its crystal panels were probably the reason why so much attention, because they work in a particular object, the quasi-spiritual principles of order in nature itself to turn aesthetic intuition accessible."[2] (See Figure Crystal Object Objectivism) [3]

Since 1985 he has worked with computers as a design tool. Two of his paintings are exhibited at the Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe.[4]

1990/1991 Spokesman of the Federal Association of Artists BBK Frankfurt.[5] 1990 Sperling served as authorized negotiators, negotiations for unification of the Federal Association of Artists with the GDR - Artists Association. He was one of the four founders of the East Side Gallery, Berlin Wall, Berlin.[6][7][8] in March 1990.

In May 2011 he filed with other artists of the "founding Initiative East Side" complaint before the District Court of Berlin, due to destruction of art and infringement of copyright. The redevelopment of the East Side Gallery in 2009 destroyed most of a listed building images, and their conceptual artistic Character of 1990.[9]

Sperling 1992 installed on the 1st Total German artist Congress in Potsdam, a five-meter high mobile, which, illuminated by slides, the impression of a constantly changing 3-D film produced. From 1980 the first pictures emerged from crystals and crystal panels. Sperling describes his artistic work as Objectivism. In 1991 he created at the national exhibition in Kassel, a video installation that confronted the viewer with the objective documentation of Spacetime. It was installed on a several tons of stone altar on which stood a steel basin. In this steel basin formed over time crystals from a boiling solution. The entire process has been documented over several weeks by an automatic camera.[10] The basis of his work, he sees in line with research by Rupert Sheldrake and his theory of Morphic field.

Exhibitions (selection)

  • 1983 Gustav-Siegle-Haus / Stuttgart
  • 1986 Frankfurter Kunstverein, Das AKTFOTO (The nude photo) ideology - aesthetic - history, Museum of the 20th Century Vienna. 15 years prior to 2000 - the portrayal of violence and brutality is still a priority over the representation of sexuality, Time-critical art action, Frankfurt
  • 1990 co-founder of East Side Gallery November 1989, Berlin, image #18 "The transformation of the pentagram to a peace star in a Europe without walls" 10m x 3,60 m on Berlin Wall
  • 1990The Pleasures within Distance, WINDOW / Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney, Australia
  • 1991 Hessian National Exhibition / Kassel
  • 1992 Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Solo Exhibition, Art Prize of the DAG, Kunsthalle Hamburg, Darmstadt
  • 1993 Goethe-Institut / Prag, Tschechien
  • 1994 Museum Wiesbaden Hessiale 94 / Wiesbaden, national art exhibition of the Federal Association of Artists
Crystal Object, Objectivism, 8°36'44" 49°43'33" 19:00h
Bodo Sperlings painting on the Berliner Mauer

Collections, commissions, public art

  • Computer Associates, implementation of the architectural design of the CA firm building in a mural for the entrance hall 1.60mx 3.60m, Acrylic on canvas and design base for the East Side Galley image on the Berlin Wall in 1990, Germany
  • East Side Galley, image #18 "The transformation of the pentagram to a peace star in a Europe without walls" 10m x 3,60 m on Berlin Wall 1990, Berlin, Germany
  • Museum of Contemporary Art ZKM Karlsruhe, "B3", 1991, Computer painting on silver photo canvas, 100 x 140 cm · "B7", 1991, Computer painting on silver photo canvas, 100 x 140 cm, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, implementation of the "Cathedral of Siena", acrylic on canvas 2.20mx 90 cm, Frankfurt / Siena - Italy


  • 1992 Art Prize of the German Salaried Employees Academy


  • Mannheimer Morgen, 31. Mai 1990 / "Objektivismus" - Kunst und Philosophie ("Objectivism" - art and philosophy)
  1. ^ VG Bild-Kunst, US 173012 15. February 1985, Author art direction "Objektivism"
  2. ^  
  3. ^ "Folio". January 2010. Retrieved 7 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Information about Bodo Sperling". Karlsruhe, Germany: Museum of Modern Art. 
  5. ^ "East Side Gallery: Descriptio". Retrieved 7 December 210. 
  6. ^ "East Side Gallery". Der Spiegel. November 5, 2009. 
  7. ^ art-magazin "Art under steaming water". April 7, 2009. 
  8. ^ Peter Geimer. "Das gefälschte Denkmal - Geschichte simulieren: Warum Berlin das berühmteste Teilstück der Mauer einfach neu bemalen ließ". Article in  
  9. ^ world 2011 may 03 "Berlin Wall artists sue city in copyright controversy"
  10. ^ *Hessiale `94, National Art Exhibition Kassel


  • Oberbaum: East Side Gallery Berlin 1991 (catalog) ISBN 3-928254-02-2 (catalog)
  • Landeskunstausstellung ´94, National Art Exhibition, 1994 ISBN 3-9804024-0-1 (catalog)
  • Thomas Metzinger: The Artistic Work Bodo Sperling, in: transparency of consciousness, Digital Art Museum, Frankfurt 1997 (catalog)
  • Hessiale `94, National Art Exhibition Kassel, ISBN 3-9804024-0-1 (catalog)
  • Zylvia Auerbach (ed.): The Distancewithin Pleasures, Sydney 1990, ISBN 0-646-01536-2 (catalog)
  • Art contacts Germany, Austria, Switzerland, 1992-93, type address-Verlag, Frankfurt 1991
  • Ernest Kay (ed.): Who's Who in Western Europe. International Biographical Center, Cambridge 1981, ISBN 978-0-900332-61-6
  • DuMont: 365 Orte - Eine Reise zu Deutschlands Zukunftsmachern. ISBN 978-3-7701-8216-9

External links

  • Website Bodo Sperling
  • Bodo Sperling in the German National Library catalogue
  • Bodo Sperling in the National Libraries Australia
  • Bodo Sperling by
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