Dörte Berner

Dörte Berner
Dörte Berner (b. 1942, Posen, Germany) studied sculpture at the University of Fine Arts in Nürnberg, Germany. After getting married in 1966 the couple emigrated to live on a farm in Namibia. First on Farm Dorka and later on the Farm Peperkorrel Berner created over 350 sculptures since. The expressive power of her sculptures gained widespread international recognition and acclaim early in her career. Many of the sculptures impress with the sheer size of the stones. Some weigh more than 500 kilograms. Yet the works speak with the subtleties of their forms, textures and juxtapositions. Ultimately they touch us because they are able to express our fundamental emotions, our struggles, and our resilience. Since 2011 Berners works can be visited at Home of Sculpture, a permanent exhibition space on the Farm Peperkorrel, showing a great collection of her works. In 2020 Berner published the book Stein ist Stille – Beyond the Silence documenting her life working in stone.

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