Luminita Sabau, Leiterin der Kunstsammlung der DZ BANK, Frankfurt am Main

Dehnel's paintings and photographs are created in parallel. This clearly shows the different materiality of the surface of the photographic and pictorial image. They age very differently. This difference is not incidental, because it draws attention to the different temporalities of the two media.

Sabine Dehnel (* 1971 in Ludwigshafen am Rhein) lives and works in Berlin. She combines painting with staged photography and abstraction with objectivity. In 2013 the catalog Sabine Dehnel was published. Reframing by Hatje Cantz Verlag. Three aspects that fascinate us about the artist’s work:
Sabine Dehnel combines painting with staged photography and thereby creates something new, previously unknown. Through the cross-media technique she combines the imaginative moment of painting with the authentic documentation of photography.
In her current series Mona, Sabine Dehnel refers to the long tradition of portraits in painting as well as in photography, because the staging of persons hardly differed from one another at first. The protagonists were decorated with the most precious accessories and clothes. Dehnel takes up this aspect by associating her subjects with elaborate hand-crafted clothing. However, she deliberately renounces the representation of the face of women and thus creates a mysterious aura.
Sabine Dehnel reflects the auratic appearance in a devotion of icons set in amulets, while referring to post-mortem photography, which in the 19th century was an important part of the cult of the dead and the memory of a dear deceased. The resulting absence of the depicted in the photography, which makes up their magic, is equally reflected in the impressive rotating sculptures of the artist. As a result, black swan Linda, made in a complex process of black nylon stockings and wire, acts as a commemorative sculpture and portrait in devotion to a deceased lady. As in the series Mona, Sabine Dehnel does not allow a recognizable image in her sculptures and creates a romantic, soulful memory of a loved one.


  • 1993-1999 Studium der bildenden Kunst und Philosophie an der Akademie für Bildende Künste der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
  • 1999-2000 Meisterschülerin
  • 2000/01 MFA Program am Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles


  • 2012 Atelierstipendium, Centro Cultural Andratx, Mallorca,Spanien
  • 2010 Künstlerhaus Edenkoben der Stiftung Rheinland-Pfalz für Kultur
  • 2006 Förderstipendium, Parc Saint-Léger, C’entre d’Art Contemporain, Pougues-les-Eaux Verein zur Förderung von Kunst und Kultur, Pfalz
  • 2005 Atelierstipendium, Centro Cultural Andratx, Mallorca, Spanien; Förderpreis, Weldekunstpreis für Fotografie, Plankstadt-Schwetzingen
  • 2003 Künstlerhaus Schloß Balmoral, Bad Ems; Preis der Universität, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz.
  • 2002 SCA-Art-Preis, Wien und Mannheim
  • 2000/1 Jahresstipendium der Rotary Foundation International, Evanston, Illinois
  • 1998 Förderstipendium der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz

Solo Exhibitions

2015 „Stay - Ich sterbe nicht umsonst“, e.artis contemporary, Chemnitz
2014 „Reframing – Übermalen eines Moments“, Galerie Robert Drees, Hannover
2013 „Mona“, Museum Wiesbaden „Drop the thought“, LSD Galerie, Berlin
2012 „Skirts“ (mit Heidi Lender), Richard Levy Gallery,Albuquerque, New Mexiko
2011 „Die Dinge des Lebens“, Morgen Contemporary, Berlin
2010 „playground“, Martin Asbaek Gallery, Kopenhagen
2009 „Solo Project“, 2x2projects, Pulse Miami/Art Amsterdam „Portraits“, Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, Paris
2008 „Solo Project“, MasArt Galerie, Photo Miami „Playground“, MasArt Galerie, Barcelona
2007 „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
2006 „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
2005 „Camouflage“, Carl Berg Gallery, Los Angeles
2004 „No Holidays“, Galerie Asbaek, Kopenhagen

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