13 April 2018 – 03 June 2018


Bernhard Krebs was born in Hamburg on 4 December 1951. He has lived since the age of six in the same small apartment in Hamburg-Eimsbüttel – at first with his mother until her death in 1995, and now alone. “In this apartment, I’m making history, so to speak,” he says. “I’ve been painting for as long as I can remember. I had my first big success in Holstein, a year after my mother died. Up north in Rettin and Pelzerhaken, where the submarine is stationed, up by Neustadt. I was living in a trailer. It had everything: a shower, French beds, six extra places. I started painting in Schleswig-Holstein; I could lay the pictures out to dry up there.”

Bernhard Krebs has been a Schlumper since 2005, when he showed his work to Rolf Laute (1940-2013), founder and artistic director of Die Schlumper. “Everybody was surprised and accepted me just as I am,” says Bernhard Krebs. 


Film evening on 18 May 2018 at 7 pm

Warum lacht Herr W.?  [Why Is Mr. W. Laughing?] (2016) 

A documentary film by Jana Papenbroock featuring Michael Gerdsmann, Bernhard Krebs, and Horst Wäßle.


A catalogue of the exhibition is available.


Opening: 12 April 2018 at 7 pm


Opening Hours:

Wed. – Fr. 4 –7 pm

Sat. 11 am – 5 pm

Sun. 2 – 5 pm 


Galerie der Schlumper

Marktstrasse 131

20357 Hamburg