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Albrecht Behmel (born 24 March 1971) is a German artist, novelist, historian, best-selling non-fiction writer and award-winning playwright.

Albrecht Behmel
Albrecht Behmel in 2011 at Filmforum.
Albrecht Behmel in 2011 at Filmforum.
Born(1971-03-24)24 March 1971
Baden-Württemberg, West Germany
Pen nameAlbrecht, Timothy Patterson
OccupationNovelist, screen writer, essayist
EducationMaster of Arts
Alma materUniversity of Heidelberg
Genrecomedy, drama, fantasy, non-fiction
Years active1999–present

Surname and family historyEdit

Son of geologist Hermann Behmel and grandson of architect Paul Behmel. The uncommon family name is a Germanicized form of the Czech given name Bogomil from where (Bohemia) their family emigrated to Saxony in the early 18th Century. On his mother's side he is a descendant of Christoph Martin Wieland, a Swabian poet and writer of the Enlightenment.


After working as a bouncer and a puppeteer in Paris, France, in the early nineties, Albrecht Behmel moved to Germany to complete his studies in humanities in Heidelberg where he was a fellow student of Silvana Koch-Mehrin and Gerrit Jasper Schenk and at Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany. He has published on ancient history, Greek naval warfare and early German literature like the Nibelungenlied. Most notably, however, are a series of self-help e-books for fellow students, making him one of the pioneers of German electronic publishing. He used the pseudonym Timothy Patterson for two titles. He is noted to suffer from insomnia. He was a business consultant between 1995-2005. His published work includes novels, like Mitte 1, Homo Sapiens Berliner Art; radio plays, computer games, film scripts [1] and stage plays as well as non-fiction. He has worked for a number of German and international TV stations, like ARTE and ARD. Behmel founded a network for film and media professionals, Filmforum, in 2008.[2][3]

In 2013 he founded Samiel Award, an annual literary prize for antagonists of newly published German novels. The first Samiel Award went to Austrian writer Jan Kossdorff for a dark humor novel about human trafficking and advertising agencies. The award is supported by publisher Marc Hiller of Stuttgart.[4] Winning writers receive 666 Euros, the number of the beast.[5]

The Magic of the SwarmsEdit

A series of paintings developed by Albrecht in the years 2013 and 2014. The Magic of the Swarms is about the fusion of shapes into more complex forms and about the interaction of colours. But it is also a geometrical game called Abstrahism: Intricate chaotic systems consist of simple overlapping elements. The colours help define the shape, but at the same time emphasise the intricacies of the interaction of each silhouette. The work is influenced by ecclesiastical lead lights and Buddhist mandalas.

Real life silhouettes merge into something almost but not totally abstract - a swarm of forms that is more than the sum of its elements or parts. It is a way to perceive the world using techniques of geometry and cartography to depict motion and form. Expressive colours underline the aspects of contrast and combination. Three-dimensional bodies are reduced to two dimensions.[6][7]



  • Chateau Savant, Cannes, France
  • Taste of Contemporary, Miami, USA
  • Gesichter einer Stadt, photo exhibition, Freudenstadt
  • Featured Artist at DMEXCO, Cologne


  • Dark Side of Marvelous, Beverly Hills, CA, USA, Solo Show
  • Acts of Kindness Gala, Manila Philippines, Group Show
  • Art Expo New York, Pier 94


  • Rathaus Backnang, 2016 (solo)
  • Convensis Group, Stuttgart, 2016 (solo)
  • Universitätsklinik Mannheim, 2016 (solo)
  • Al Madad Foundation, London, 2016 (group)
  • Landtag von Brandenburg, Potsdam, 2016 (group)
  • Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France, 2016 [8]


  • Touring Exhibition, Berlin, Riga, St.Petersburg, London, 2015
  • Evelina Children's Hospital, London, 2015 (group)
  • White Space Black Box Galerie, Neuchatel, 2015 (group)
  • Amrey Heyne Galerie, Stuttgart, 2015 (group)

Style and motifsEdit

Two recurring motifs of most of his books are urban culture and the pitfalls of modern communication but also horsemanship and alcoholism or a mix thereof. Irish folk music, academic ceremonies and ancient mythology appear in some fiction works. Most dialogues feature a variety of German dialects and slangs. Some novels have been compared to the work of Israeli writer Ephraim Kishon.

Albrecht Behmel, 2013

Political viewsEdit

The general standpoint professed in most of his non-fiction works can be described as libertarian, anti-establishment and pro-science with a general distrust in doctrines, political ideologies of whatever color. A recurring thought is that institutions like most governments, schools, churches and universities have not kept up with current social developments for decades, and in some cases, centuries, which contradicts their claim to leading positions within society.[9]




  • The Threshold, Digital Publishers, Stuttgart, 2015
  • The Stronghold (novel), Urbane Publications, London, 2015
  • Mitte 2, 110th, Satzweiss, 2014
  • Mitte 1, 110th, Satzweiss, 2013
  • Doktor Faust und Mephisto, 110th, Satzweiss, 2013
  • Homo Sapiens Berliner Art. Schenk, Passau 2010, ISBN 978-3-939337-78-2
  • Das Nibelungenlied. Ein Heldenepos in 39 Abenteuern. Nacherzählung. Ibidem-Verlag, Stuttgart 2001, ISBN 3-89821-145-2
  • Auf dem Rücken der Pferde liegt das Glück dieser Erde. Weltbild, Augsburg 2006, ISBN 3-8289-8118-6
  • Von der Kunst, zwischen sich und dem Boden ein Pferd zu behalten. Berlin 2005, ISBN 3-89769-910-9


Radio playsEdit

Computer games and filmsEdit

  • Out of the Present[13]


External linksEdit