Sabine DehnelSabine Dehnel e.artis contemporary


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Sabine Dehnel

Sabine Dehnel
Sabine Dehnel (born in Ludwigshafen on the Rhine in 1971) is living and working in Berlin. She is combining painting with directed photography as well as abstraction with concreteness.
We are captivated by the following three aspects of her work:


1. Sabine Dehnel combines painting with staged photography, creating something new, thus far unprecedented. By
cross-media technique, she links the imaginative moment of painting with the authentic documentation of photography.


2. In the current series Mona, Sabine Dehnel refers to the long tradition of portraiture in painting as in photography, because initially the staging of people was similar in both meadia . The protagonists were equipped with precious accessories and clothing. Dehnel seizes this aspect by accoutring her sitters associatively with elaborate, custom-built handmade clothing. However, she deliberately avoids the representation of the women’s faces and thus creates a mysterious aura. 


3. Sabine Dehnel reflects the auratic appearance in a devotion for the icon enclosed in amulets. At the same time, she refers to the post-mortem photography, which was an important part of the mortuary cult and the memory of a dear decedent in the 19th century. The ensuing absence of the person is depicted in the photograph, which constitutes its magic. Her  impressive rotating sculptures equally reflect upon this absence. Consequently, the Black Swan Linda manufactured in a complex process by means of black nylon stockings and wire, serves as a memorial sculpture and portrait in devotion to a deceased lady. Just as in the series Mona, Sabine Dehnel permits no recognizable image in her sculptures and thus creates a romantically ensouled memory of a loved one.


In 2013, the official catalogue Sabine Dehnel. Reframing was published by Hatje Cantz Verlag.
Luminita Sabau, Leiterin der Kunstsammlung der DZ BANK, Frankfurt am Main :

Dehnels Gemälde und Fotografien entstehen parallel. Dadurch erkennt man deutlich die je andere Stofflichkeit der Oberfläche des fotografischen und des malerischen Bildes. Sie altern jeweils ganz anders. Dieser Unterschied ist nicht nebensächlich, denn er macht auf die unterschiedlichen Zeitlichkeiten der beiden Medien aufmerksam.

Curriculum vitae

  • 1993-1999 Study of visual arts and philosophy at the academy of visual arts Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
  • 1999-2000 Master student
  • 2000/01 MFA Program at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles

Art works in Collections

  • Centro Cultural Andratx, Mallorca
  • Celebrity Cruises, Equinox, Miami, Oslo, London
  • Columbus Art Foundation, Ravensburg
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Deutsche Bundesbank
  • DZ Bank
  • Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation, Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Kunstsammlung Vattenfall
  • Landessammlung Hessen
  • Landessammlung Rheinland Pfalz
  • Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden
  • Pizzuti Art Collection, Columbus, Ohio
  • Statens Museum for Kunst, Kopenhagen

Awards, Grants and Scholarships

  • 2012 Studio scholarship, Centro Cultural Andratx, Mallorca, Spanien
  • 2010 Künstlerhaus Edenkoben der Stiftung Rheinland-Pfalz für Kultur
  • 2006 Promotion scholarship, Parc Saint-Léger, C’entre d’Art Contemporain, Pougues-les-Eaux Society for the promotion of art and culture, Pfalz
  • 2005 Studio scholarship, Centro Cultural Andratx, Mallorca, Spanien; Förderpreis, Weldekunstpreis für Fotografie, Plankstadt-Schwetzingen
  • 2003 Künstlerhaus Schloß Balmoral, Bad Ems; Prize of the University Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz.
  • 2002 SCA-Art-Prize, Wien and Mannheim
  • 2000/1 Scholarship of the Rotary Foundation International, Evanston, Illinois
  • 1998 Promotion scholarship by Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz

„Stay - Ich sterbe nicht umsonst“, e.artis contemporary, Chemnitz
„Reframing – Übermalen eines Moments“, Galerie Robert Drees, Hannover

„Mona“, Museum Wiesbaden
„Drop the thought“, LSD Galerie, Berlin

„Skirts“ (mit Heidi Lender), Richard Levy Gallery,Albuquerque, New Mexiko

„Die Dinge des Lebens“, Morgen Contemporary, Berlin

„playground“, Martin Asbaek Gallery, Kopenhagen

„Solo Project“, 2x2projects, Pulse Miami/Art Amsterdam
„Portraits“, Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, Paris

„Solo Project“, MasArt Galerie, Photo Miami
„Playground“, MasArt Galerie, Barcelona

„undercover“, 2x2 Projects, Amsterdam
„elsewhere“, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexiko
„make up“, Martin Asbaek Projects, Kopenhagen
„Jede Ähnlichkeit ist frei erfunden“, Columbus Art Foundation, Ravensburg

„Relocated #1“, Galerie Filipp Rosbach, Leipzig
„In Between“, Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
„Ganze Tage in den Bäumen“, Kunstverein Ludwigshafen
„Inzwischen“, Kunstverein Münsterland, Coesfeld & Kunsthaus Wiesbaden

„Camouflage“, Carl Berg Gallery, Los Angeles

„No Holidays“, Galerie Asbaek, Kopenhagen

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