1971
Born in Connecticut, USA

1992
Art Students League, New York

1996
Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with Honors – School of Visual Arts, New York

2003
Moved to Berlin, Germany – Invitational Visa, Berlin Senate for Culture

2015
Sculpture Professor, Bard College Berlin

2017
Director of Studio Arts, Bard College Berlin

 

Solo Exhibitions

2016
“Declared”, 2025, Hamburg

2014
“Prey Voidant”, Alexander Levy, Berlin

2012
“Post-Hyper”, Galeria Pilar, São Paulo

2010
“Burn Out”, Kjubh Kunstverein, Cologne
“Whip Lash”, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn

2009
“SOOTO hungry”, Galerie Lena Brüning, Berlin

2007
“THE ITCH”, Galerie Lena Brüning, Berlin

2006
“SUBLIMATOR”, Galerie Schmela, Düsseldorf

2005
“UFO-UMIS”, Galerie Lena Brüning, Berlin

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016
“Detail”, BLOK Art Space, Istanbul

2015
“Black Bandits”, Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin

2014
“Cast Away”, BLOK Art Space, Istanbul

2013
“Piccola Germania”, Cinque Garzoni, Venice
“Science Fictions”, Cafe Warschau, Berlin
“My Fear Is Your Desire”, Schau Fenster, Berlin

2012
“Uncanny Home”, The Corridor, Reykjavik
“Miniature By Serendipity”, Bar Babette, Berlin
“Exposição Coletiva”, Galeria Pilar, São Paulo

2011
“a painting show”, Autocenter, Berlin
“Navigating Darkness”, Tape Modern, Berlin
“Fuzzy Dark Spot”, Raum Für Zweckfreiheit, Berlin
“Shifting The Everyday”, Galerie Levy, Berlin

2010
“Unter Oberflächen”, Delikatessenhaus, Leipzig
“Amsterdam-Berlin”, De Service Garage, Amsterdam
“The Ear Of Giacometti”, Galerie Levy, Hamburg
“Grand Hotel Panhans”, Atelier Jungfernstieg, Hamburg
“Satellites”, Freies Museum, Berlin

2009
“Octet”, Pera Museum, Istanbul
“The Sequel I & II”, Cinque Garzoni, Venice
“Über Zeichnung”, Galerie Olaf Stüber, Berlin

2008
“Kunst und Wirtschaft”, Genius Hellerau, Dresden

2007
“Aktive Konstellationen”, Brno House of Art, Brno
“TOMBOLA“, Kjubh Kunstverein, Cologne
“Works on Paper“, Galerie Lena Brüning, Berlin
“Niveaualarm“, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck

2006
“Minimal Illusion”, Villa Merkel, Esslingen
“Abstract Art Now”, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen
“Schon vergeben”, Art Cologne

2005
“Imaginary Realities”, Art Agents, Hamburg
“Passion des Sammelns”, Halle 14, Leipzig
“Pathetischer Betrug”, Art Frankfurt

2004
“Ein tag, ein raum, ein bild”, Sebastian Fath Contemporary, Mannheim
“So genau wollt ichs gar nicht wissen”, Galerie Olaf Stüber, Berlin

 

Grants / Residencies / Awards

2013
Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin

2011
Stiftung Künstlerdorf Schöppingen, NRW Germany

2010
Fountainhead Residency, Miami

2009
Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, New York

2007
7.Stock Residency, Dresden

2001
MacDowell Colony Residency, New Hampshire

2000
Yaddo Residency, Saratoga Springs, New York

 

Publications

2015
“Black Bandits”, Haus am Lützowplatz, Wasmuth Verlag

2014
“CORE”, John von Bergen, Kerber Verlag / d.a.p.
“Addicted To Walls”, Anne Vieth, Verlag Silke Schreiber
“Das Buch”, Ambach / Jensen, WG/3Zi/K/BAR, pp. 187 – 189

2013
“Invenatrio No.7″, Carraini Edizioni
“The Brooklyn Review”, Issue #30, April 24, pp. 80-81

2011
“Fuzzy Dark Spot”, Wolfgang Oelze, Revolver Verlag
“The Ear of Giacometti”, Galerie Levy, Kerber Verlag

2009
“Octet”, Suzanne Anker / Peter Hristoff, Pera Museum

2006
“abstract art now”, Wilhem Hack Museum, Kerber Verlag

2005
“Pathetischer Betrug”, Nina Koidl / Ludwig Seyfarth, Salon Verlag

 

Selected Reviews / Interviews

2015
“From Basel to the Biennale: How to ship a masterpiece”, Kimberly Bradley, BBC, May 5

2014
“John von Bergen at Alexander Levy”, AJ Kiyoizumi, Berlin Art Link, February 6
“Albtraum des Trockenbauers”, Marcus Woeller, TAZ, January
“Von Wandfragmenten über Zivilisationen bis in die eigene Psyche”, Meike Jansen, FAZ, February
Artist Talk with Jonathan Lethem, Alexander Levy, Berlin, February 21

2011
“John von Bergen”, Interview with Samuel Jablon, BOMB Magazine, April 11
“John von Bergen”, Jessyca Hutchens, Berlin Art Link, April
“Declared”, John von Bergen, Temporary Art Review, April 25

2010
“John von Bergen / Michelle Weinstein”, Marina Cashdan, Modern Painters, May
“A Tree Blows in Brooklyn”, John Haber, Haberarts
“Amsterdam-Berlin”, Kees Keijer, Het Parool, April 24, p. 31

2009
“Drachenflug”, Simone Reber, Tagesspiegel, November 14

2007
“Die Wand wirft Falten”, Thea Herold, Tagespiegel, October 6, p.30

2006
“Art Cologne”, Swantje Karich, FAZ, November 4, p.51
“SUBLIMATOR”, Helga Meister, Westdeutsche Zeitung, September 20
“New Home For Art”, Katja Winckler, Deutschland Magazine, April/May, p.32

2004
“So genau wollt ichs gar nicht wissen”, Christina Wendenburg, TIP, April 8, p.68