• Ulrike Heydenreich, Kaleidoscope Eyes 01, 2010, screen print on paper, 78 x 106 cm © photo Markus J. Feger
  • Visitors with multiple works by Ulrike Heydenreich, at the exhibition. Image by Jan-Kees Steenman.
  • Ulrike Heydenreich, Thread drawing 02 (Black Sea), 2020, page from book, thread, 23 x 30 cm © photo Markus J. Feger
  • Ulrike Heydenreich, New territory 04, 2013, AP, collage, multiple layers, 85 x 65 cm © photo Markus J. Feger
  • Ulrike Heydenreich, Panorama rings 1–3, 2010, three objects with pencil drawing, 16 x 97 x 97 cm, © photo Markus J. Feger.
  • A visitor with the work: Reisebegleiter/Wegbereiter, Ulrike Heydenreich, 1999, textile, thread, removal blankets, foam.
  • Visitors at the exhibition. Work in the middle: Gazebo, Ulrike Heydenreich, 2005, linen and aluminium tent, pencil drawing in 8 parts.
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Heydenreich and Mesdag

Nineteenth century as starting point

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.

Nineteenth Century

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.


Get an impression of the exhibition

Video by Studio Roodenburch

Discover for yourself

The art of folding


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.

Open Atelier

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.

Open Atelier

A conversation with Ulrike Heydenreich

Interview series

heydenreich in her atelier

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 3: Early 20th-century as a starting point

Part 4: Heydenreich folds, cuts, draws


Longing for the distance

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.

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Ulrike Heydenreich, film still.


Longing for the distance


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).

Impression of the book Ulrike Heydenreich

Image: Petra Warrink

About the artist

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..


Partners and benefactors

Gemeente Den Haag

Stichting Van Ommeren De Voogt

Mondriaan Fund