Ulrike Rosenbach

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Ulrike Rosenbach
Ulrike Rosenbach.jpg
Rosenbach (2013)
Born1943 (age 77–78)
EducationDüsseldorf Academy of Fine Arts

Ulrike Rosenbach (born 1943) is a video artist from Germany. Rosenbach works with videotapes, installations and performances.[1] She was one of the first artists from Germany to use video for experiments with electronic images.[2] Her videotapes critique the traditional representation of women and help formulate the identity of women from a feminist perspective.


Rosenbach was born in 1943 in Bad Salzdetfurth in Hildesheim, Germany. She trained as a sculptor at the Düsseldorf Academy of Fine Arts from 1964 to 1969.[3] Rosenbach began working professionally in 1971 when she created her first video work. She taught feminist art and media art at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California.[4] Rosenbach returned to Germany and founded the School for Creative Feminism in Cologne. In 1972, she started to use video to document her life. In her films she shows patterns of female identity and strategies of self-determination. In 1977 and 1987 Rosenbach participated in the documentary in Kassel. In 1989 she became a professor of New Media Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Saarbruken, Germany. In July 2007 she retired from the university and began working as a freelance artist in the Cologne-Bonn area and in the Saarland. Since November 2012 Rosenbach has been the president and the first chairman of the German arts association GEDOK.


Rosenbach's work has largely been concerned with the depiction of womanhood in art. Having joined the German women’s movement in the late 1960s, she travelled internationally to participate in feminist performance activities in association with the Woman’s Building in Los Angeles in the 1970s. Beginning to perform ritual actions in 1969, she experimented with using her body as a medium of expression and video as a recording and documenting device. In her work, she probes “the patriarchal basis of art history, its mythological presentations of women, the damage such stereotypes cause to women’s identity and creativity, and the strength of women to constitute the forms of their own visual representations and identity.”[5]

Having studied Buddhism and other esoteric topics, Rosenbach valued intellectual depth and was interested in exploring the psychic and spiritual dimensions of experience.[5]

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • 1977 Prize of North Rhine-Westphalia for young artists[6]
  • 1996 Art Prize of the Saarland[citation needed]
  • 2004 Gabriele Munter Prize[7]
  • 2011 Artists Award of North Rhine-Westphalia[citation needed]
  • 2012 Rhenish art prize for her life's work[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Ulrike Rosenbach" Dutch Art Institute School For Research. Web. 27 October 2014.
  2. ^ Klotz, Heinrich (1997). Contemporary Art: The Collection of the ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe. Munich, New York: Prestel. p. 321. ISBN 3-7913-1869-1.
  3. ^ "Ulrike Rosenbach | ZKM". zkm.de (in German). Retrieved 2017-03-31.
  4. ^ "Ulrike Rosenbach". www.newmedia-art.org. Retrieved 2017-03-31.
  5. ^ a b Stiles, Kristine (2012). Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art. Berkeley: University of California Press. p. 809.
  6. ^ "5o Jahre Förderpreis für Bildende Kunst des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen". Kunst aus NRW. Staatskanzlei des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen. Archived from the original on 3 August 2008. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  7. ^ "KÜNSTLERINNEN 1994 – 2010 | GABRIELE MÜNTER PREIS". www.gabrielemuenterpreis.de (in German). Retrieved 2017-03-31.
  • "Ulrike Rosenbach". Re.act Feminism. Web. 27 October 2014.
  • Press release dated 15 October 2011 of the Ministry of Family, Youth, Culture and Sport of North Rhine-Westphalia.
  • "Home performance for Amazone: Ulrike Rosenbach in Düsseldorf". FAZ. 17 July 2010. Page 35.

External links[edit]