Michael Biberstein

born 1948 in Solothurn, Switzerland
Passed Away on March 2013

"[...] the landscapes are not only pictures of landscape, they are also landscapes of the field of possibilities of the medium of painting. [...] when the black monochrome is placed next to the painted landscape, it becomes a question of perspective, a perceptual perspective. On the one hand you have the illusory, fake depth - the painted landscape - and on the other hand you have the black surface, which doesn't want to fake anything , but appears to recede much more than the former [...]"

Michael Biberstein quoted from On the Apotheosis of the Human Spirit through the Seeing Of Landscape, interview with Jiri Svestka, Tríptico, cat. Europalia '91 Portugal, Brussels 1991.

The numerous thin and impalpable layers in Biberstein’s paintings create a movement of colours, similar to a chromatic breath. This universal, perpetually moving, perpetually changing landscape resembles vibrations in space and resonances in silence. The imperceptible movements created by the veils of colours transform the canvas into a visual field which extends throughout the depth of the painted image.

Biberstein’s work is part of the following institutional collections:

Birmingham Museum of Art, UK, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal, CNAP – Centre National des arts plastiques, Ministère de la Culture, Paris, France, Hess Art Collection, California, USA, Kunstmuseum Aarau, Aarau, Switzerland, Kunstmuseum Solothurn, Solothurn, Switzerland, Ludwig Forum für Neue Kunst, Aachen, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain, UniCredit Group Collection, Munich, Germany, Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, USA, Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia, Helmhaus, Zurich, Switzerland

More info: http://www.michaelbiberstein.com

Artists of the Gallery

Youssef Abdelke

Adel Abidin

Shirin Abu Shaqra

Mojé Assefjah

Martin Assig

Michael Biberstein

Sonja Braas

Ricardo Brey

Franck Christen

Roy Dib


Elger Esser

Simone Fattal

Chafa Ghaddar

Gilbert Hage

Herbert Hamak

Joumana Jamhouri

Aram Jughian

David Kramer

Urs Lüthi

Rania Matar

Randa Mirza

Charlotte Mumm

Serge Najjar

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Giulio Rimondi

Walid Sadek

Charles Sandison

Nada Sehnaoui

Bongchull Shin

Catharina van Eetvelde

Stephen Waddell

Fadi Yazigi

Kimiko Yoshida

Ghassan Zard

Cynthia Zaven