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John von Bergen

BFA Degree with Honors
School of Visual Arts, NYC

John von Bergen (b. 1971, Connecticut, USA) earned his BFA Degree with Honors from School of Visual Arts in New York. Since moving to Berlin in 2003, his work has been exhibited in various international museums, galleries and institutions, including Halle 14 (Leipzig), Wilhelm-Hack Museum (Ludwigshafen), Pera Museum (Istanbul) and Smack Mellon (New York). In 2009 von Bergen received the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant.

Recent installations include the group exhibition "Wände | Walls" at Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, and an upcoming permanent commission for a new extension of The German Bundestag (expected completion in 2024). He is a 2020 recipient of a Recherchestipendium Bildende Kunst (Senatsverwaltung für Kultur, Berlin) and a 2021 recipient of the inaugural OSUN Faculty Research Grant in Human Rights and the Arts (Bard College, New York).

Courses taught at Bard College Berlin:
Advanced Sculpture: The Challenge of Form
Advanced Studio Practice
Concept Building, Problem Solving, and Logistics for Sculptors in Tomorrow's Artworld
Contemporary Materials and Techniques
Hands-On: Exploring Methods Towards a Personal Sculpting Practice
MORE Than A Thousand Words: Experimental Picture-Making
Research-Creation: New Approaches to the History of Forced Migration in Germany (with Marion Detjen)
The Sky Is The Limit: Scale Models For The Artist
Virtual Reality in The Artist’s Studio

Further links
Personal webpage

John von Bergen
Artist; Director of Studio Arts
Email: j.vonbergen[at]berlin.bard.edu