1948 Born in Planegg near Munich
    1968 – 1970 Apprenticeship as a publishing bookseller
    1972 Trip to Asia
    1970 – 1975 Worked as a graphic designer in various publishing houses
    1973 – 1979 Studies of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the Free University of Berlin
    1975/76 Travels to Mexico and the USA; then takes up artistic work as a painter
    1977 Co-founder of Galerie am Moritzplatz in Berlin; first solo exhibition FLUT, Galerie am Moritzplatz , Berlin
    1979 Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Scholarship

1980 Exhibition „Heftige Malerei“, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin
    1981 Trip to Indonesia
    1982 – 1983 Villa Massimo Scholarship, Rome
    1983 – 1984 Stay in Rome
    1984 Exhibition “A Recent Survey of International Painting and Sculpture”, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
    move from Rom to Polling/Oberbayern
    1986 – 1987 Stay in Rapallo
    1987 Exhibition Berlinart
    1961 – 1987 The Museum of Modern Art, New York / The Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
    1988 Exhibition Refigured Painting. The German Image
    1960 – 1988 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
    1990 Trip to India
    1991 Move into the studio in Monteventano/Emilia Romagna
    1993 First edition of the artist magazine “PlantSÜDEN” self-published, travel to Libya
    1994 Establishment of another studio in Oberhausen near Polling
    1995 – 1996 Trip to Polynesia
    1996 Stay in Salerno; Creation of the first sculptures in terracotta
    1996 – 1999 Travels to Arizona, China, Namibia and Egypt
    2003 Exhibition Obsessive Malerei, Museum für neue  Kunst, Karlsruhe
    2003 – 2004 Travels to Russia, Syria, Asia and Iceland
    2007 Move to a further studio in Warthe/Uckermark
    2010 Trip to China
    2011 Exhibition 1/10 Second in front of the Warschauer Brücke, Berlinische Galerie, Journey to Vietnam and Cambodia
    2012 Exhibition Zweite Natur, Zentrum für Gegenwartskunst, Augsburg
    2013 Trip to Chile
    2014 The Museum of Modern Art, Passau shows new woodcuts “Alles Flies” together with pictures on canvas
    2015 Exhibition „Gipfeltreffen“ with Ernst Ludwig Kirchner at the Buchheim Museum, Bernried
    large survey exhibition “Die 80’er” at The Städel Museum, Frankfurt
    2016/17 Trip to India (Varanasi, Bhubaneswar, Tamil Nadu); Exhibition „Geniale Dilletanten“ at Haus der Kunst, Munich/ Museum     für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg/ Albertinum, Dresden
    2018 Trip to South India (Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka)
    2019/20 Intensive work on the realization and implementation of the non-profit STOA169, a hall of columns designed by over a     hundred artists from the world
    2020 The Museum Fünf Kontinente, Munich opens the exhibition “Tikimania” and shows works by Bernd Zimmer in interaction with     objects from the Marquesas Islands.
    In September, the 1st construction phase of STOA169 is opened.
    2021 The Kunsthalle Jesuitenkirche, Aschaffenburg shows the exhibition “Kristallwelt”.
    The 2nd construction phase of STOA169 can be completed and opened in September

    Lives and works in Polling (Upper Bavaria) and Monteventano (Italy)