In the works of the German sculptor Joachim Berthold (1917–90) we encounter a highly elegant, polished, thorough kind of sculpture, which has, of course, its roots in the past, but which formulates general concepts of creation, creativity, man and mankind which change little as they pass through the ages.
What makes Berthold’s works so fascinating is that he also points to the future, and that many of his sculptural principles can be seen in contemporary art. This not in a general, a common sense, not as a truism in any way, rather in an indispensable manner to bring out what is contained within the artists materials – and in his mind.
1917 born in Eisenach
1936–1941 studies in sculpture at Werkschule Köln and at Munich academy of fine arts
since 1945 freelance sculptor
international exhibitions in Aachen, Cologne, Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt in Antwerp, Paris, New York, Palo Alto, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Montreal, Milan, Basel et al.
1990 died in Oberaudorf, Bavaria