Shortly before Bernhard Johannes Blume died in 2011, the Kunsthalle Bremen was given a donation of a large group of so-called “Brett-Bilder” (Board Pictures).
In the 1980s, Bernhard Johannes Blume produced a number of “board pictures”, created in the style of petty bourgeois living room culture, from used inexpensive furniture, the pseudo veneer of which he complemented with philosophical terminology. This juxtaposition of text and pictorial surface structure reveals Blume’s ironically poetic and humorous way of dealing with the metaphysical-religious heritage of Western culture. The artist team of Johannes Bernhard Blume and his wife Anna is known more than anything else for its series of generally multi-panelled, large-scale photographs.
“He cut these boards from old pieces of furniture, which played a central role in our staged photographs from the late 1970s through the mid 1980s. Bernhard Johannes Blume recycled the odds and ends of these pieces of furniture made of particle board and created handy pictorial objects by using the ‘genuine wood’ imitations of oak, beech and birch for the ‘sporadic updating of his painting’…” (Anna Blume in: “Wunderkammermusik”, 2011)