Bernd Haussmann
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'Darwin’s Coral/The Aurignacian Project'
All my work has been fueled by my curiosities in Beginnings.
In this project, I am juxtaposing the Aurignacian sculptures of the Swabian Jura with my own visualization of beginnings. Images talk about things we don't have words for.
The paintings are part of an ongoing project called 'Darwin's Coral'. The sculptures have been found only miles from where I grew up.
The form of the diptych allows us to follow 2 parallel strings of information and create a third image in our mind. It connects time and place and helps us to explore two ideas simultaneously. It engages the viewer in a creative dialogue with their own past and the Now.
Bernd Haussmann grew up in southwestern Germany and has been living and working in the US since the late 1980's. Although Haussmann is mostly known for his paintings and drawings, using various media, digital imagery and short videos are an integral part of his work. Haussmann has been showing nationally and internationally, at museums and other non-profit organizations. His work is part of the collections of the following museums: Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi, Texas; Danforth Museum of Art, MA; Longview Museum of Fine Arts, TX; Lyman Allyn Museum of Art, CT; Hunterdon Museum of Art, NJ; Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA; Museum of the city of Reutlingen, Germany; Museum of the City of Tuebingen, Germany, and Provincetown Art Association and Museum, MA. His work is frequently featured at international art fairs such as Art Miami, Miami, FL; Dallas Art Fair, Dallas, TX; LA Art Fair, Los Angeles, CA; Miami Project, Miami, FL; Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Palm Springs, CA; Texas Contemporary, Houston, TX; Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, Canada; and others. Bernd Haussmann's work is represented by several galleries across the United States.
Haussmann has been the Artist-in-Residence at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Boston, MA, since 2012. He is a teacher at the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, Truro, MA and at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA; and has been mentoring at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, NH, at the Art Institute of Boston, MA and others.
"It is not so much the illustration or interpretation of these objects but their incredible presence and how they hold up and still share their message in the Now. I am mostly interested in the source of inspiration and creativity, how collective memory affects our work and being and how my work is directly linked to our Beginnings."
Bernd Haussmann, 2015.


Print material: Either "Solvent inkjet print on poly-cotton rag” or "Diasec mounted on Aluminum"
Print sizes: 12” x 36” or 16” x 48”


The work of Bernd Haussmann is both original and simultaneously familiar. The originality is achieved by the bold juxtaposition of shape and colour, of old and new. The familiarity is provided by an atavistic chord that appeals to the collective human spirit.
'Darwin's Coral' is an inspired title for this work; an artist's desire to contemplate and resolve the liminal connection between the art of the past and the art of the present. This artistic journey appears to have been taken at a subconscious level, resulting in a work that is both mastered by style and that bows down to the organic; the whole is resolved in a harmony that belies the initial juxtaposition.
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