Resemblance and reference
A wondrous world
Like Hendrik Willem Mesdag (1831-1915), Heydenreich toys with perspective and illusion, the difference being that she fabricates rather than replicates the view and shows you what you don’t see. With her three-dimensional artworks she creates the illusion of a new wondrous world.
Heydenreich sometimes refers quite literally to the phenomenon of nineteenth-century panoramas, as is the case with the historic topographical maps she uses in her work. Heydenreich draws copies of various mountain ranges taken from historical photos or creates collages from old topographical maps, merging different mountains together to create a new landscape
The resemblance can also be seen in her 360-degree drawings. In order to make these drawings, she developed a portable instrument. Coincidentally, this tool bears a close resemblance to the glass cylinder to which Mesdag, standing atop the Seinpostduin, applied the contours of his later Panorama painting in 1880.
The Panorama Drawing Device, by Ulrike Heydenreich.
Video by Studio Roodenburch
The exhibition includes a special gallery – a wunderkammer – featuring objects and sources of inspiration from Heydenreich’s own atelier, including folding templates, historical postcards and a perspective box.
An open atelier has been arranged for visitors. Folding tasks await them atop a large table; Heydenreich designed this hands-on experience especially for the museum.
Ulrike Heydenreich at the studio (model for Fundstück 11), 2021 ©Markus J. Feger
Inspiration, work, techniques
In the run-up to the exhibition Ulrike Heydenreich: Longing for the Distance, you can read a series of interviews with the artist. Head of program and museum affairs Adrienne Quarles van Ufford interviews Heydenreich about her work, what inspires her and the techniques she uses.
Read the interviews
Part 1: Fascinated by vistas
Part 2: Longing
Part 4: Heydenreich folds, cuts, draws
At the studio
In a short documentary recorded in her atelier, the artist explains 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? Documentary maker Markus J. Feger follows Heydenreich in this process.
Ulrike Heydenreich, film still.
Alongside the exhibition a book is published with the title Ulrike Heydenreich. Longing for the distance. In this publication, an interview written by Adrienne Quarles van Ufford is alternated with high-quality images in an overview of her work in the exhibition.
The book can be bought in the museum shop and webshop (Dutch only).
Image: Petra Warrink
Ulrike Heydenreich lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany. She studied at the renowned Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, as well as at the School of Visual Arts, New York and other institutions. Her art has been exhibited in countries including the United States, Germany, Spain, Japan, Belgium and Austria..
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