The themes of Heydenreich’s artwork explore human navigation and orientation, and the longing for the unknown and intangible. We humans travel around the world and it is part of our nature to be drawn to the most remote places. If this is not possible, we virtually experience these places. The geological surface of our planet is mostly explored and accessible. We have reached a tipping point, where nature is changing because of our extension and desires.
Heydenreich is fascinated with this inherent human longing for pristine nature and the remote unknown. The snow-covered mountains of alpine landscape symbolize this longing. The feeling of the sublime that the romantics already associate with mountains, arises when she sees these untouched peaks and snow covered mountains – maybe because their great height and expanse feels so close to heaven?

Heydenreich collects artifacts from the beginnings of alpinism – a time when people became interested in the Alps as a place of longing and started setting out to climb and map the mountains. She begins with her collection of historical black and white photographs of alpine landscapes: timeless scenes that depict the untouched nature of remote places. She cuts and re-joins fragments of these images to compose fictional mountain landscape and panoramic scenes for her graphite drawings. She plays with proportions, distances, and scale revealing the embodied experience of standing against these expansiveness snow covered ranges. She folds up the drawings to construct three-dimensional dioramas that mimic the experience of observing scenery. The collages are made with translucent glassine, which enhances the feeling of the viewer being separate from the scene.

In her latest works Heydenreich uses the artifacts of this period as material itself. She is fascinated by the tactile surface of the photo prints, the feel of the paper used in the topographic maps, the illustrated books, and the panoramas of this other time. She loves the surprise that comes with reconfiguring these materials. Folding and shaping these artifacts becomes a harmonious dialog between the artist and her material, the dimensionality and the refraction of light in search of discoveries and points of entry into a new landscape.


Born 1975 in Böblingen, Germany
Lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany


MFA Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts, New York, 1999-2001
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME, USA, 2001
Diplom Freie Kunst, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, 1995-1999
Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN, USA, 1997

2022  Museum Panorama Mesdag, Den Haag, NL
2021  Deep Time, Galerie Wilms
2021  Wichtendahl Galerie, Berlin (April)
2018  Ausblicke, Panoramen und Rundsichten, Friedrichsbau, Bühl
2014  Neuland, Galerie van der Mieden, Brussels
2013 … die, wenn die Sonne sie bescheint, einen blendenden Glanz wie Spiegel von sich geben. Galerie Conrads, Düsseldorf
2011 Views, Galerie Conrads, Düsseldorf (two person show with Rosemarie Laing)
You are here, Städtische Galerie im Kornhaus, Kirchheim unter Teck
2010 Through the Looking Glass, Galerie van der Mieden, Antwerpen, Belgium
2009 Ulrike Heydenreich, Galerie Conrads, Düsseldorf
2008 Ulrike Heydenreich, Galerie van der Mieden, Antwerpen, Belgium
2006 Ulrike Heydenreich – Views and Mappings, Galerie van der Mieden, Antwerpen, Belgium
2005 Preparatory Objects, Thomas Barry Fine Arts, Minneapolis, USA
2003 Panorama Drawings, Slingshot Project, New York
Drawing From The Sea, The Classroom, PS122, New York

2020 Private Art Show, Galerie Wilms, NL
2019 Studio 100 – unser Bauhaus Teil 4, Studio 100 in der Neufert Box, Weimar Gelmeroda (Mai)
2018 Rundgang, Jutta Kleinknecht | Kunsthandel, Bad Hönningen (Juni)
2017 Auf zu neuen Ufern, Jutta Kleinknecht | Kunsthandel, Bad Hönningen (Sept – Oct)
Heaven on Earth, Galerie van der Mieden, Antwerpen, Belgium (Sept – Oct)
2016 SVA X SKOWHEGAN, SVA Chelsea Gallery, New York (Nov – Feb)
restlicht.romantik, MAERZ, Künstlerinnen- und Künstlervereinigung, Linz(May – July)
2015 Kontraste, Jutta Kleinknecht | Kunsthandel, Düsseldorf
Inaugural Exhibition, Gallery Ozasahayashi, Kyoto, Japan (April – June)
Hängung #13: ein Moment – ewig, KUNSTWERK – Sammlung Alison und Peter W. Klein, Eberdingen (Jan – Jun)
2014 Lass Dich von der Natur anwehen: Landschaftszeichnung der Romantik und Gegenwart, Städtische Galerie Bietigheim-Bissingen (Oct – Dec)
Zimmer mit Aussicht – Poetik des Raumes, Kunstverein KISS Kunst im Schloss Untergröningen (May – Oct)
Augenblick, Jutta Kleinknecht | Kunsthandel, Düsseldorf
Choices – Works on Paper, Galerie Conrads, Düsseldorf
2013 Lass Dich von der Natur anwehen: Landschaftszeichnung der Romantik und Gegenwart, Kunsthalle Bremen
2012 Boesner Art Award, Märkisches Museum Witten, Witten
Renania Libre, Galeria Helga de Alvear, Madrid, Spain
You are Here, Agulei Museet, Sala, Sweden
Ground Control, Kunsthaus Muerzzuschlag, Austria
2011 Full House, Galerie Gudrun Fuckner Ludwigsburg
auto.MOBIL, Erfurter Kunstverein in der Peterskirche, Erfurt
Rita Hensen / Ulrike Heydenreich, Galerie Gudrun Fuckner Ludwigsburg
Kunstenfestival Watou, Watou, Belgien
2010 Bedenk dat ge op onbekend terrein zijt, CIAP Aktuele Kunst, Hasselt, Belgium
Zeitreise – Arbeiten auf Papier, Jutta Kleinknecht | Kunsthandel, Düsseldorf
Pulse Miami (Galerie Conrads)
Salon de Dessin Contemporain Paris (Galerie van der Mieden)
Gratwanderung, Neuer Kunstverein Aschaffenburg, Aschaffenburg
2009 Vom Labor zur Projekt, Neues Museum Weimar, Weimar
Drawing Actions, De Halle, Geel, Belgien
2008 Land, scape, Galerie Conrads, Düsseldorf-Berlin, Filiale Berlin
360º – Landschap in Beweging, RASA BE
Summer Invitational II, Thomas Barry Fine Arts, Minneapolis, USA
Flow, MCAD Gallery, Minneapolis, USA
2007 Kunst Jetzt: Ida Gerhardi Förderpreis, Städtische Galerie Lüdenscheid
Kunst im Schloss, Städtische Galerie und Schloss Wertingen
Wahlverwandtschaften ’07, Neues Museum Weimar, Weimar
2006 Viel und wenig, Künstlervereinigung MAERZ, Linz, Österreich
Projections and Dreams, Olsen Gallery at Bethel University, St. Paul, MN, USA
2005 Encore!, Thomas Barry Fine Arts, Minneapolis, MN
Ich war Künstler, ACC, Weimar
Transmission – Laurence Rathsack & Liz Bachhuber & Alumni, Neues Museum Weimar
Out of Bounds, curated by Jennifer McGregor, Glyndor Gallery at WaveHill, Bronx, NY
2004 Desire Lines, curated by Elizabeth Fisher, Fusebox, Washington, DC,
Beginning Here, curated by Jerry Saltz / Rachel Gugelberger, Visual Arts Gallery, New York
Freehand, curated by Rachel Gugelberger, Marvelli Lab, Brooklyn, NY
2003 Moving Images, Frère Independent/Slingshot Project, New York
Disciplines, McGrath Galleries, New York
Not To Scale, curated by Euridice Arratia, Dorsky Gallery, Long Island City, NY
Devices, Gallery Korea, New York
2002 AIM 22, Bronx Museum for the Arts, Bronx, NY
Burst, Slingshot Project, New York
Salto Naturale, KISS Kunst im Schloss Untergröningen, Schlossberg
Polarposition 2, Virtuelle Ausstellung, Berlin/www
Starquest, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Reactions, Exit Art, New York
2001 Machine Dreams, Jersey City, NJ, USA
Synthetic Distopia, Visual Arts Gallery, New York
Bugs, Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Anchorage, AL, USA
Fragmental Quest – Goliath in Japan, Gallery Canolfan, Nagoya, Japan
Special Projects – 2, Visual Arts Gallery, New York
2000 Outerlimits, Goliath Visual Space, New York
Objects + Subjects, Visual Arts Gallery, New York
On the Move, SVA West Side Gallery, New York
DAAD – Stipendiaten, Goethe-Institut, New York
1999 Schöne Aussichten, Neu Deli, Weimar
Mixtura, e-werk, Weimar
Mutation, Theaterhaus Jena
1998 Body in the Box, Galerie Eigen+Art, Leipzig
Dollywood, e-werk, Weimar

Neues Museum Weimar, Weimar
Teleatlas, Ghent, Belgien
Städtische Galerie Wertingen
Sammlung Alison und Peter W. Klein
and other private collections

2009 ZVAB-Phönix, Tutzing
2004 Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL, Residency
2003 Professional Development Workshop, Creative Capital, New York
Sculpture Space; Utica, NY, Residency und Stipendium
Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL, Residency und Stipendium
2002 Artists in the Marketplace; Bronx Museum for the Arts, NY
2001 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Residency and Matching Fellowship Grant / Stipendium
2000 School of Visual Arts Merit Scholarship, New York
1999 DAAD Jahresstipendium (School of Visual Arts, New York)


Ulrike Heydenreich:  Prélèvements pour l’Intime, Hors d’Oeuvre No 34, Dijon, France, 1/2015
Kunstvoller Umgang mit dem Augenblick, Besprechung der Ausstellung „Ein Moment – ewig“, Stuttgarter Zeitung, 01/2015
Lass Dich von der Natur anwehen: Landschaftszeichnung der Romantik und Gegenwart, Katalog zur Ausstellung (Kunsthalle Bremen) 2014
… die, wenn die Sonne sie bescheint, einen blendenden Glanz wie Spiegel von sich geben. Faltblatt zur Ausstellung (deutsch), Galerie Conrads, Düsseldorf 5/2013
… which, when shone on by the sun, give off a splendid sparkle like a mirror. Faltblatt zur Ausstellung (english), Galerie Conrads, Düsseldorf 5/2013
Willkommen im Neuland, Handelsblatt Nr. 117, 6/2013
Boesner Art Award, Katalog zur Ausstellung 1/2013
Rita Hensen / Ulrike Heydenreich, Leporello zur Ausstellung, Galerie Gudrun Fuckner, 7/2011
You are here, Ausstellungsbesprechung, Teckbote Kirchheim unter Teck, 4/2011
You are here, Leporello zur Ausstellung, Städtische Galerie Kirchheim unter Teck, 4/2011
Gratwanderung! Katalog zur Ausstellung, Kunstverein Aschaffenburg, 4/2010
Hoch Hinauf, Katalog zur Ausstellung, Kunstforum Montafon, Schruns, Österreich, 8/2009
Drawing Actions, Katalog zur Ausstellung, De Halle, Geel, Belgien, 3/2009
Drawing Actions, H ART, 3/2009
Drawing Actions in De Halle – Nieuwsblad van Geel, 3/2009
Ulrike Heydenreich – Galerie Van Der Mieden, Knack Focus, Brüssel, 4/2008
Kunst Jetzt: Ida Gerhardi Förderpreis, Katalog zur Ausstellung, Städtische Galerie Lüdenscheid 8/2007
Ulrike Heydenreich zu Gast bei Kai 3 (Interview), Kai 3 (regionaler TV Sender), Düsseldorf, 8/2006
Christine Vuegen: Ulrike Heydenreich at Galerie van der Mieden, Kunstbeeld, Holland, 5/2006
Rachel Gugelberger: Scroll, Print Gallery, Visual Arts Journal, New York, Herbst 2005
Transmission, Katalog zur Ausstellung, Weimar, 7/2005
Künstlerin hinterfragt mit einem Panorama-Zeichengerät Perspektiven und Sehgewohnheiten,
Stuttgarter Zeitung, 28/7/2005
Wolfgang Hirsch: Strukturen in Auflösung, Thüringer Landeszeitung, Weimar, 7/2005
Patricia Briggs: Ulrike Heydenreich at Thomas Barry Fine Arts, ARTFORUM, New York, 6/2005
Carmen Tomfohrde: Patient Assertion,, Minneapolis, MN, 3/22/2005
Out of Bounds, Katalog zur Ausstellung, Bronx, NY, 3/2005
Alejandro Lazo: Out of Bounds, The Riverdale Press; Riverdale, New York, 3/10/2005
Benjamin Genocchio: Bringing the Outdoors Inside and Hanging It on the Walls,
The New York Times, New York, 3/20/2005
New York State Artist Workspace Consortium Report, New York, 2004
Moving Images, Katalog zur Ausstellung, Frère Independent, New York, 2003
Amy, Michaël: Not to Scale, Milan/New York, Tema Celeste, Oktober 2003
Euridice Arratia: Not to Scale, Katalog zur Ausstellung, New York, 2003
Murray, Mary: Interview with Ulrike Heydenreich, Sculpture Space Newsletter, Utica, NY, 2003
Poetry Newsletter (drawings), New York, 2003
Salto Naturale, Katalog zur Ausstellung, KISS Kunst im Schloss Untergröningen, 2002
Cotter, Holland: Artist in the Marketplace, The New York Times, New York, 2002
Hall, Marcellus: Bronx Museum of the Arts, The New Yorker, New York, 2002
AIM 22, Katalog zur Ausstellung, NY Bronx Museum for the Arts, Bronx, NY, 2002
Bugs – A Children’s Exhibition of Bugs in Art, Katalog zur Ausstellung, Anchorage, AL, USA, 2001
Weber, Christiane: Auf den Spuren von Ikarus, TLZ, Weimar, 2001
Schaernack, Christian: Die Kunstgemeinde von Brooklyn, ART (25-37), Februar 2001
Kim, Joon Hyun: Artists in New York and Brooklyn, Doh-Ol Times, Soeul, Korea, 2000
Neu Deli, Katalog zur Ausstellung, Weimar, 1999
Kunst Lehren?, Radius Verlag, 1999

2019 PAN Amsterdam (Galerie Wilms)
2014 Art Rotterdam (Galerie van der Mieden)
ART COLOGNE (Galerie Conrads)
Art Brussels (Galerie van der Mieden / Galerie Conrads)
2013 PULSE Miami (Galerie Conrads)
Drawing Now, Paris (Galerie Conrads)
ART COLOGNE (Galerie Conrads)
Art Brussels (Galerie Conrads)
2012 PULSE Miami (Galerie Conrads)
ART COLOGNE (Galerie Conrads)
Art Brussels (Galerie Conrads)
2011 PULSE Miami (Galerie Conrads)
Volta 7 Basel (Galerie Conrads)
Art Brussels (Galerie Conrads)
Art Amsterdam (Galerie van der Mieden)
Drawing Now, Paris (Galerie van der Mieden)
2010 Pulse Miami (Galerie Conrads)
Salon de Dessin Contemporain Paris (Galerie van der Mieden)
2009 Arco Madrid (Galerie Conrads)
2008 Pulse Miami (Galerie Conrads)
Art Amsterdam (Galerie van der Mieden)
Art Brussels (Galerie van der Mieden)
2003 Art Brussels (Galerie Virgil de Voldere)

Longing for the distance
Ulrike Heydenreich at the studio

Short documentary about the work and art of German artist Ulrike Heydenreich. In the film Head of Programs and Museum Affairs Adrienne Quarles van Ufford interviews Heydenreich about her methods and how her artworks come to be. What does she use as her material and how do her meticulously folded lines come about?

This film was commissioned by Museum Panorama Mesdag and made by documentary maker Markus J. Feger.