Welcome back Claudio Abbado!

My portrait of the late conductor Claudio Abbado will be installed in the Berlin Philharmonic, with a big celebration of the Friends of the Berlin Philharmonic. To me, Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic embody the noblest kind of loving devotion to the spiritual work of another. The portrait will join the collection of portraits of […]

Sigmar Gabriel and Klaus von Dohnanyi reveal Karl Schiller Head

Sigmar Gabriel was invited to attend the ceremony in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, to unveil my portrait of Karl Schiller. I designed an elegant ensemble for the foyer, for this and an older portrait of Erhard. Several of Schiller’s companions were in attendance: Detlef Prinz as the lender, his cabinet colleague […]

With the bust of Hans Stimmann starts a new series

I’m beginning a new series, starting with this bust of Hans Stimmann. I would like to revive an old Berlin tradition around Shadow and Smoke: portraits of the architects and urban planners who define Berlin’s cityscape today. Who fits the bill? 🙂  

I have a studio in Zurich since November 2014

The gothic Haus Alpha in the Marktgasse 4, which is located directly at the river Limmat, has been very often used for art events (for example Architecture Biennale 2016, events by Peter Fischli & David Weiss). On 5 days a month I have been working public Claudio Abbado bust for the Berlin philharmonic orchestra.

Bertrand Freiesleben is modelling Harald Junke at Savignyplatz, Berlin. Foto: Fernando Offermann

A bust of Harald Juhnke for Berlin

A bust of Harald Juhnke whom I sculpted in a pubic session on Savignyplatz. Two variations are in casting. The response was so great… you will hear more about it in time.

My book HEARDS has been published

A book has been published about my work, entitled HEADS. This photo book shares many stories of my work with some of the outstanding personalities of our time. In addition, the book shows, in many photo galleries, how my portrait-busts evolve, as well as some the fun I have with my models behind the scenes […]