Klaus Berends

"From my point of view, ART isn’t any moral instance .

I don't want to teach, to inform or improve inert and tired people .

What I want is to bring poetry in drama, a new kind of poetry that unedited is, that can bring you in another space and time.

My philosophy take place in another dimension and I don’t mind in short about my followers.

I cannot give answers people’re waiting for, as in the world we’re living in, there isn’t any easy solution. Everybody should search and find it again and again."

Klaus Berends – Wikipedia

Klaus Berends (born August 20, 1958 in Papenburg / Ems) is a German painter, sculptor and conceptual artist.


Together with his parents lived Berends up to the age of five on a barge. After school and craft, he studied at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen. In 1986 he created as a thesis a stage design for Samuel Beckett's The Verwaiser. He lives and works in Fuerteventura and in Berlin.

Artistic activity

In its intangible, flat work used Berends colors of the earth, the sand and the most diverse, also found materials. The motive of the terrestrial magnetism plays a recurring role in his paintings as well as in his sculptures made of wire, optical glasses and alienated materials. Berends increasingly deals with topical issues such as environmental degradation, North-South divide and the problems associated with migration. Berends is best known for his large-scale project You are the salt of the earth at the Kunsthalle Dominican church Osnabrück (2004) and its installations "air reserves" on the occasion of his participation at the 3rd Biennial of the End of the World in Ushuaia (2011).

Exhibitions (selection)

Solo Exhibitions

1985 VOOS Art, Bremen

1985 House Bid Klamphauer, Papenburg

1991 Sala de Expositiones, Puerto Rosario of

1994: Canoa, cultural Rendsburg

1998: Renewal Part, S.S. America, Maritime Museum Bremerhaven

2001: You are the salt of the earth,

Intervention in a desalination plant, Tarajalejo, Fuerteventura

2004: You are the salt of the earth, Dominican Church, Osnabrück

2006: Campos - Fields - Fields,

Centro de Arte Juan Ismael, Pto. del Rosario

2013: Gallery Clasing floor, Münster

Group shows

1984: Villa Ichon, Bremen

1990: Homage G.Altenbourg, Leipzig

1991 Le Citta invisibili, New Saxon Art Association, Dresden

1993: Before Blue, Light House, Bremen

1997: Ligna, Hannover

1999: Cert. de Pintura, Las Palmas, G. C.

2003: Europ. Produzentengalerie, Göttingen

2004: You are the salt of the earth,

Kunsthalle Dominican church Osnabrück

klaus berends . ihr seid das salz der erde i . you are the ... on YouTube

2004 Museo del Agua, Lisbon

2010: Ruhr Biennale, Liebfrauenkirche Duisburg

2011: Bienal del Fin del Mundo, Ushuaia

2011: Galerie Michaela Helfrich, Berlin

2014: 3.Ocilaciones, Museo del Caribe, Barranquilla

2015: El artista y la isla 6,

Centro de arte Juan Ismael - Pto.del Roasrio,Spain

Projects and TV documentaries (selection)

1999: Light ship, Barco de Luz, Manfred Preckel for NDR3

2001: You are the salt of the earth, Ilona Grundmann for ZDF

2012: Destino:España - Canarias IV - Klaus, Destino: España - RTVE.es A ...

Interventions public place


Playa de Garcey - Fuerteventra . Spain

Works in collections (selection)

Deutsche Bank Collection,

Kupferstichkabinett, Dresden

IVAM Valencia , Spain


Klaus Berends on Behance

Klaus Berends - Michaela Helfrich Galerie