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Bernd Zimmer (1948)

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I have been following the careeer of Bernd Zimmer from the time he had his first exhibition at the Groninger Museum in 1982( catalogue available at At that time i had a great interest in Zimmer and his fellow artists Elvira Bach and Rainer Fetting, but somehow, after a few years, i lost interest in these artist, but lately works are appearing at auction and sometimes at very reasonable prices. So maybe now is the right time to renew my interest in Zimmer and his friends from the NEUE WILDEN group.

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Bernd Zimmer is a contemporary German artist. Often discussed as representative of the Neue Wilde group, Zimmer’s paintings are characterized by their monochromatic palettes—primarily greens, yellows, and chartreuse—and recurring imagery of abstracted nature created through poured and splattered paint. Zimmer’s work is influenced by his extensive global travels, spanning numerous countries on five of the seven continents. Born on November 6, 1948 in Planegg, Germany, the artist has enjoyed widespread acclaim for his work, including exhibitions at institutions such as the H2 Center for Contemporary Art in Augsburg, Germany, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and The Berlin Gallery.


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Walter Dahn (1954)….almost forgotten

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Beside a gifted painter and belonging to the JUNGE WILDEN movement and member of the Mülheimer Freiheit in Germany in the Eighties, Dahn is also known as a photographer and a musician. In the eighties he was invited for  exhibitions all over Europe and in the Netherland the Groninger Museum presented his works on several occasions, but in the Nineties and Zero’s the art of Dahn became almost extinct and the artist Walter Dahn disappeared from the art radar completely. Nowhere his art was shown and only an occasional gallery presented his new works. Personally i do not think this is fair, because his art is highly recognizable and sometimes shows great quality.

I like his art and maybe he will be appreciated once again when time passes and the JUNGE WILDEN painters like Fetting, Dahn and Bach will be reestablished as the great German painters they onmce were considered. Until that time you have to rely on the publications from the 80’s and 90’s that are available at