* 13 05 1915 | Pila/Schneidemühl (Polen)
† 14 04 2005 | Köln
Bernard Schultze is among the outstanding artists of gestural abstraction in the second half of the 20th century. Together with Karl Otto Götz, Otto Greis and Heinz Kreutz, he founded the Quadriga group in 1952, one of the central artists’ associations of German Informalism. Schultze’s work, including the Migofs, fantastic creations between painting and sculpture, are characterised by a very personal, eminently animated thumbprint and feature numerous analogies to the growth processes of nature.
Works by Bernard Schultze
Vita Bernard Schultze
Born on 31 May in Schneidemühl, Province of Posen, East Prussia (today Pila, Poland).
The family moves to Berlin.
Abitur (secondary school leaving examinations) at the Prinz-Heinrich-Gymnasium in Berlin.
Studies at the Hochschule für Kunsterziehung (University for art education) in Berlin and at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (Academy of arts).
Military service in Russia and Africa.
All of his work created up to this time is destroyed by fire during the bombardment of Berlin.
He spends two years as a refugee in Flensburg.
He lives in Frankfurt and stays regularly in Paris after 1951.
First informal paintings.
Quadriga exhibition in the gallery of Klaus Franck in Frankfurt with works by Bernard Schultze, Karl Otto Götz, Heinz Kreutz and Otto Greis.
He works on sculptural pasting and melting into the pictorial ground.
Marriage with the artist Ursula Bluhm, whom he had met in 1949 in the Zimmergalerie Franck.
First relief paintings.
He finishes his first tabuskris and free sculptural paintings.
First Migofs. The freely invented term establishes itself as a genre concept in his work.
First room installation on the occasion of the Phantastische Architektur (Fantastic Architecture) exhibition together with Louise Nevelson in the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden.
Trip to New York.
Large room installation with a first full-room Migof environment for documenta III in Kassel.
Renewed stay in New York.
Kunstpreis der Stadt Darmstadt (Art prize of the city of Darmstadt).
Move to Cologne. He is presented with the art prize of the city of Cologne in the following year.
Study trip to Leningrad and a stay in Paris.
Stage design for the ballet The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf.
Study trip through the USA.
Elected a regular member of the Academy of Arts in Berlin.
First grisaille paintings on canvas.
He undertakes study trips to Sri Lanka, Thailand and Burma.
Stay in Paris. First large-format oil paintings, watercolours and drawings.
Study trip to Mexico and Guatemala.
Study trip to Thailand, Hong Kong, Bali and Singapore.
Extensive retrospectives of his work take place in Düsseldorf, Berlin, Frankfurt and Saarbrücken.
He is made an honorary professor of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Wormland art prize, Munich, together with his wife Ursula.
Retrospective exhibition of works on paper in the Albertina, Vienna, as well as several German museums.
Hessian Cultural Prize.
Gesellschaft Bildender Künstler Österreichs (Society of Austrian fine artists) – Künstlerhaus, Vienna, awarded the Golden Laurel. Member of the freie Akademie (Free academy) Mannheim.
He is presented with the Lovis Corinth Prize of the Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie, Regensburg.
Work on monumental oil paintings.
Presented with the Order of Merit of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
He is awarded the Stephan Lochner Medal of the city of Cologne.
Resignation from the Academy of Arts, Berlin. Large-format bronzes created.
He produces etchings in the format 100 x 200 cm at the printer Barbará in Barcelona.
The couple moves into a studio apartment in Paris, which becomes the second place of residence besides Cologne until 1999.
Ursula Schultze-Bluhm dies on 9 April.
Marries Doris Berger in May.
Travel to St. Petersburg on the occasion of an exhibition of his works in the State Russian Museum.
Bernard Schultze dies on 14 April in Cologne.