ARTISTS / Contemporary art
Sinje Dillenkofer

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Sinje Dillenkofer
Photo©Valentin Wormbs
1959born in Neustadt an der Weinstraße
1988Studies at the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart
1989Graduate scholarship of the state of Baden Württemberg
1990Scholarship Cité Internationale des Arts of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg
1992-96Lectureship at the University of Applied Sciences for Design, Pforzheim
1993Lectureship and workshop at the Merz Akademie, University of Design, Art and Media, Stuttgart
1996Paul Strecker Prize, Mainz
2000-04Professorship at the State Academy of Fine Arts, Stuttgart
2002Artist-In-Residence Program of the Museum Neue Galerie, Graz
2006Member of the German Society for Photography
2009Scholarship of the ZF Art Foundation Friedrichshafen
2018Nomination Kubus Sparda Art Award at the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart
 lives and works in Berlin and Stuttgart
 Solo exhibitions (selection)
2019Alexander von Humboldt, Search for Traces and Metamorphoses 1769-2019, Stadtgalerie Bad Soden am Taunus and Stadtmuseum Franzensbad, Germany
2015Architectures of the Archive, Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum, Innsbruck, Austria
2013SCHNITTSTELLE, Ostfriesisches Landesmuseum Emden, Germany
2012ni loi si toit, Fischerplatz Galleries Ulm and Neu Ulm, Germany
2011LIFELINES, Gallery of the City of Backnang, Germany
2010Inversion, Goethe Institute Nancy, France
CASES 2009-10, ZF Art Foundation at the Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen, Germany
2009CASES, Villa Oppenheim, Gallery for Contemporary Art Berlin, Germany
2007INORDNUNGLUDWIGSBURGMONAMOUR, City of Ludwigsburg, Germany
Skin and Body, Symbol and Abstraction, Academy of the Diocese of Rottenburg Stuttgart, Germany
DAS DUELL, SWR Gallery Rundfunkhaus Stuttgart, Germany
2006DAS DUELL, Neuenbürg Castle, BLM Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe, Germany
2003Photo objects, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany
2002sight bill, Kunstverein Ettlingen Wilhelmshöhe, Germany
2001Photoobjects, German Blade Museum Solingen, Germany
Photoobjects, Städt. Gallery Villingen Schwenningen, Germany
2000Photoobjects, Edition Kabinett 3, Burkhardt Leitner constructiv, Stuttgart, Germany
1998INNOCENTIA I-XXV, Foundation Moritzburg State Art Museum Saxony-Anhalt, Halle Saale, Germany
1997INNOCENTIA I-XXV, Art Association Göttingen, Germany
1996Landesmuseum Mainz, Germany
Sinje Dillenkofer, Old Steam Bath, Baden-Baden, Germany
Photoobjects and Installations, Kunstverein Heilbronn, Germany
Kunstverein Freiburg i. Br., Germany
1994Les derniers Rois de Paris, Institut Francais, Stuttgart, Germany
1993Reservations, Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, New York, USA
1992Sinje Dillenkofer - Interventions, Städt. Gallery Böblingen, Gallery Contact, Germany
Sinje Dillenkofer, Badischer Kunstverein Karlsruhe, Germany
Photographs, Augustinermuseum, Freiburg, Germany
1991Bahnwärterhaus of the Städtische Galerie Esslingen a. N., Germany
Museum Schloß Salder, Salzgitter, Germany
1990Sinje Dillenkofer, Kunstraum Filderstrasse, Stuttgart, Germany
Living in a Box, Museum of Photography, Braunschweig, Germany
 Group exhibitions (selection)
2022Moments of Seeing - 4 photographic positions, Galerie Schlichtenmaier, Stuttgart, Germany
2021Looking Forward - Moving into the 2020s, Galerie Schlichtenmaier, Schloss Dätzingen, Germany
2020The illusion of reality - photographic positions, Galerie Schlichtenmaier Stuttgart, Germany
museum auf probe, Kunstverein Esslingen e.V., Villa Merkel Esslingen a.N., Germany
POWER! Of the energies in art, Städtische Galerie Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany.
2019POILS, Nancy Museum-Aquarium,
Forgotten, TLMF Innsbruck, Switzerland
What's up, Galerie Schlichtenmaier Stuttgart, Dätzingen Castle, Germany
The Negative Space, ZKM, Center for Art and New Media, Karlsruhe, Germany
Victoria & Albert Museum London, New Collection Presentation in the New Photography, England
Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature Paris, collection presentation, France
2018Victoria & Albert Museum London, Opening Photographie Center, England
Like in a fairy tale, NÖArt Vienna, traveling exhibition Lower Austria, Austria
2017Looking for the Clouds - Contemporary Photography in Times of Conflict, Casino Luxembourg
2016SAFARIX, Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature Paris, France
2015Mapping the Museum, Saarlandmuseum Saarbrücken, Germany
Hunters and Collectors in Contemporary Art, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen and Villa Merkel, Galerie der Stadt Esslingen, Germany
25th anniversary of the Art Foundation, anniversary exhibition ZF Friedrichshafen at the Zeppelin Museum
2014WILD, Alfred Ehrhardt Foundation, Berlin, Germany
Art in Berlin 1945 until today, Berlinische Galerie, Landesmuseum Berlin, Germany
2011Delights of the Palate - Feast for the Eyes, Food in Contemporary Art, Kallmann Museum Ismaning, Germany
2009Animals and Us - Positions in Contemporary Art, Stadtmuseum Neuöttingen, Germany
2008Animals - Images of Animals, Kunsthalle Göppingen Schloss Filse, Germany
2007X times me, Westermann Collection, Städtische Galerie Raststatt, Germany
2006Dialogue, Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe, Germany
Time Space Signs, 50 Years Künstlerbund Baden-Württemberg, Achberg Castle, Germany
ENTOURAGE DE?, Villa Merkel, Municipal Gallery Esslingen, Germany
2004DRESSCODE, Kunstverein Neuhausen, Neuhausen, Germany
Artist In Residence 2000-04, Neue Galerie of the Landesmuseum Graz, Austria
KUNST-GENUSS, Academy of the Diocese Rottenburg Stuttgart Weingarten, Germany
5 X LU, Kunstverein Ludwigshafen, Germany
2003Light and Shadow Photographic Art 1852 - 2002, State Gallery Stuttgart, Germany
Herbarium of Glances, e.V, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany
Women in the Orient-Women in the Occident", Prinz Max Palais, Karlsruhe, Germany
2002Municipal Gallery Villingen-Schwenningen, Schwenningen, Germany
2001Simone Demandt & Sinje Dillenkofer, Ortenau Artists' Circle, Offenburg, Germany
2000The Anagrammatic Body, ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany
Le Siécle du Corps, Musée de l'Elysée Lausanne, France
1999Designmensch-Bodies, Shells, Surfaces, Kulturstiftung Schloß Agathenburg, Germany
missing link Menschen-Bilder in der Photographie, Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland
1998Work&Culture, Landesgalerie Upper Austria, Landesmuseum Linz, Austria
Black-Red-Gold, Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe, Germany
1997Annual gifts exhibition Kunstverein Heilbronn, Germany
Màscara i Mirall, Museum of Modern Art, MACBA, Barcelona, Spain
Distance and Domicile, Kunsthaus Dresden Municipal Gallery for Contemporary Art, Germany
New Acquisitions, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
1996Wine&Art, Goethe Institute, Atlanta, USA
1995Germans see Germans, House of History, Bonn, Germany
Image of Man in Advertising, Frauenmuseum Bonn, Germany
Begreifungskräfte, Women Artists Today, Badischer Kunstverein Karlsruhe, Germany
1994Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Germany
1993Sélést'art, Séléstat, Alsace, France
From Ilfochrome to Autochrome, Architecture Museum Frankfurt, Germany
1992Künstlerbund Bad. Württ.e.V., Art Association Stuttgart, Germany
German Voices "living spaces", Chapter, Cardiff, England
Color Blue, German American Institute (DAI), Heidelberg, Germany
Staatstheater Baden- Württemberg, Stuttgart, Germany
1991Museum Bochum, Germany
Kunstverein Frankfurt, Germany
Tanzplatz der Musen, Women's Museum Bonn, Germany
Forum Junger Kunst, Kunsthalle Kiel, Germany
Annual exhibition Künstlerbund Baden- Württemberg e.V., Schwarzes Kloster, Freiburg, Germany
1990Annual exhibition Künstlerbund Bad.-Württ. e.V., Villa Merkel Städt. Gallery Esslingen, Germany
Traveling exhibition Goetheinstitut, Mexico
 Public collections
 Louvre Museum, Paris, France
 Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris, France
 Tyrolean State Museum Innsbruck
 Saarland Museum Saarbrücken
 Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
 Berlinische Galerie, Berlin State Museum
 Municipal Gallery Karlsruhe
 KfW Bank, Frankfurt
 SEB Bank, Frankfurt
 Bavarian Insurance Chamber
 Baden State Museum Karlsruhe
 State Museum, Mainz
 State Academy of Fine Arts, Stuttgart
 Municipal. Gallery Villingen-Schwenningen
 State Gallery Moritzburg Halle
 State Museum of Saxony-Anhalt, Halle
 Museum of Arts and Crafts, Hamburg
 BW Bank, Stuttgart
 Museum Ludwig, Cologne
 Ministry for Culture, Youth, Family and Women, Mainz
 State Museum and State Parliament, Mainz
The Artificial Reality of Reality

. The idea is as unusual as it is captivating. Sinje Dillenkofer deals in her conceptual group of works "Cases" with historical storage boxes for cutlery, vessels and other utensils. Behind the banal enumeration lies a complex structure of thought. It is about the task of museum institutions as a place of collection and storage of culture. The photographer makes systems of order visible - the storage facility becomes a cipher here, the 'box' (case) becomes an image. The sober legends to the pigment prints are then called, for example, "Schützenbecher, aus Anlass des zehnjährigen Stiftungsschießens der akad. Schützengilde in Innsbruck, 1909 gespendet von Erzherzog Eugen, TLMF, HistorischeSammlungen, Innsbruck" or succinctly "Duellpistolen, Privatbesitz, ca. 1880" - these presented here in a current edition. The designations are an important part of the work because they denote the vacancy of the image. For Dillenkofer photographs only the empty container, whose contents can be perceived as having value and meaning: one suspects what was in the container. It now embodies - alienated in color and monumentalized - the absent, and even more: the invisible becomes sensually tangible and auratically present. Since the artist is also concerned with the materiality of the object itself, she does not want the works to be misunderstood as mere photographs: In turn, object boxes are created that color-spatially remodel the contents of the cutlery box. In doing so, Dillenkofer reflects on the intrinsic value of objects within society as well as the playful crossing of boundaries between fiction and documentation. Seen from today, the opulence of the photographed boxes is hardly in proportion to the effort required to store them. At the same time, the artist is attracted by "a landscape of lines, shapes, depressions, and elevations that emerged in the lid of the suitcase as pressure marks and hatchings... a box full of projections, longings, interests, and values that now, in terms of our expanded concept of art... seemed to me to be an interesting starting point for artistic explorations." Sinje Dillenkofer uses the dialogue of the represented and the representation to question the value, which obviously changes over time, how the social classes change, which make use of such things - and last but not least also the functions of the objects with regard to life as well as art. A particular challenge in Sinje Dillenkofer's visual language is the implementation of painterly elements (form, color, line) with photographic means (light, shadow). These allow to vary the proportions in such a way that an abstract form is created, which the viewer must place associatively in the context of the image and surrounding space. "After all, what is actually visible takes place only in his mind." The artist strives for this involvement of the recipient throughout her work, which blurs the boundaries of authenticity and imagination.
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