"We all walk in mysteries. We are surrounded by an atmosphere of which we do not know what is stirring in it, or how it is connected with our own spirit" wrote Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
It is human psychology to make processes and connections visible and to strive to uncover hidden things. Only we often forget how important the mystery is: it seduces, activates the imagination, and deepens our existence.
Bernd Kirschner questions this tense relationship between secrecy and transparency in his painting. Behind numerous superimposed transparently painted layers of paint, fantastic landscapes and groups of figures emerge, all of them only hinted at mysteriously and showing up behind a kind of fog and mist. We can guess events, but cannot deduce them. These indications or image notes tie in with everyone’s personal memories and experiences - we must engage in it, view actively, must recognize without revealing.