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  • Exhibition


Coelner Zimmer

Springexhibition at the Coelner Zimmer

March 8 to April 6, 2024

Ute Behrend, Gila Abutalebi, Cosima Hawemann, Erika-Anna Schumacher, Franz Burkhardt and others

Opening hours:
Thursday and Friday 2-6 p.m.
Saturday: 1-5 p.m.

Coelner Zimmer
Schirmerstraße 39
40211 Düsseldorf

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The bouquet of flowers, the ephemeral splendour

Photography from the beginnings to present day

Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art

Behrend / Aus der Arbeit: Flowers you gave to me
Behrend / Aus der Arbeit: Flowers you gave to me

17th May to 13th July 2024

Opening on May 17th

curated by Hartmut Neumann
on the occasion of the 'düsseldorf photo+ Biennale for Visual and Sonic Media'

Nobuyoshi Araki, Boris Becker, Ute Behrend, Tim Berresheim, Viktoria Binschtok, Peter Bömmels, Natalie Czech, Michael Dannenmann, Sam Evans, Jan Paul Evers, Jitka Hanzlova, Leiko Ikemura, Benjamin Katz, Anette Kelm, Karin Kneffel, Hartmut Neumann, Luzia Simons, Michael Wesely.

Gallery Beck & Eggeling
Bilder Strasse 4-6
40213 Düsseldorf

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Pop up Christmas Show

Galerie Koschmieder Berlin

01.12. to 03.12.2023

Freitag: Friday, 1st December, 2 – 7 pm
Samstag: Saturday, 2nd December, 2 – 7 pm
Sonntag: Sunday, 3rd December, 2 – 7 pm
and by appointment

Studio Koschmieder
Oranienstraße 15
10999 Berlin

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Cowboys and Gods in the Garden

Ute Behrend and Allison Plass

Kunstraum ELSA

Ute Behrend / Cowboys / Work in Progress / Bullet Holes / 2021

30.04. to 26.05.2023

Opening: April 29th, 18:00-1:00

Opening hours: Thursday 17:00-19:00

Elsa-Brändström-Str. 13
33602 Bielefeld …

  • Ausstellung
  • Photo Festival

Exhibition by DFA members

Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie / Darmstadt Days of Photography

29.04. - 07.05.2023

Große Bachgasse 2
64283 Darmstadt

Public transport stop: Schloss / Castle

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Das stille Post Projekt / The Silent Post Project

Tuchfabrik Trier

Antonia in a battered princess dress and a men's shirt with flying outlines in the background

11.03. – 24.04.2023

Opening 11.03.2023 4:00 pm
Wechselstraße 4
54290 Trier

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Draußen / Outside

Ute Behrend, Valentin Goppel, Nikita Teryoshin, Josef Wolfgang Mayer, Ellen Korth

Studio Koschmieder, Berlin

03.03.2023 - 06.05.2023

Friday, 3 March 2023, 6pm-2pm

The exhibition received the Off Prize of the Month of Photography

thursdays / fridays / saturdays
2pm-5pm + by appointment

Studio Koschmieder
Oranienstraße 15
10999 Berlin

U-Bahn: Kottbusser Tor / Görlitzer Bahnhof, Bus: M29

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Bärenmädchen / Bear Girls

David Lynch + Retrospektive Helsinki Photo Festival

04.11.2022 - 28.02.2023

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Fun in the Sun

At Schnörres, Köln

28.12.2022 – 30.12.2022

Im Schnörres
Dreikönigenstraße 2
50678 Köln

Vernissage: 27.12.2022, 19 Uhr

28.12. - 30.12.2022 - 18-24 Uhr

  • Award

Marianne Brandt Award 2022

Back to Nature


The 8th International Marianne Brandt Price was launched with the motto »Connecting / Experiments on New Relationships with Nature«.

The work »Back to Nature« was nominated for the shortlist.

A catalog will be published in January 2023.

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Quintessence / Photography and Sculpture

Ute Behrend, Carola Eggeling, Susanne Hartmann, Stefanie Minzenmay, Dana Stölzgen

Ballhaus, Düsseldorf

Bathmat from the series „Back to Nature"

30.04.2022 – 01.05.2022

OPENING: Saturday April 30, 2022 at 3 pm with an introduction by Prof. Irene Daum
Finissage and Book Signing on Thursday May 5, 2022 at 3 p.m.

Ballhaus im Nordpark
Kaiserswerther Straße 380
40474 Düsseldorf

Opening hours:

Saturday April 30, 2022 3 to 7 pm
Sunday May 01, 2022 11 am to 6 pm
Monday May 02, 022 3 to 7 pm
Tuesday May 03, 2022 3 to 7 pm
Wednesday May 04, 2022 3 to 7 pm
Thursday May 05, 2022 11 am to 6 pm

Parallel to the exhibition: Multiple back to Nature, Instagram project by Ute Behrend under #plasticstonesmultiple

  • Award
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Krappy Kamera® competition 2022 / 2. place

Soho Photo Gallery / New York

Mexican, from the series: Ahl Säu, 2017
Mexican, from the series: Ahl Säu, 2017

02.03.2022 – 20.03.2022

The show opens on Wednesday, March 2nd and there will be a reception on Thursday, March 3rd.

Soho Photo Gallery
15 White Street
New York, NY 10013

Gallery Hours
Wednesday – Sunday 1-6 pm

1 – Franklin Street (West Broadway)
A/C/E – Canal Street (6th Avenue)
N/Q/R/W – Canal Street (Broadway

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Coming of Age

Ute Behrend, Valentin Goppel, Tomasz Liboska,Michael Solarski, Ina Schoenenburg, Josef Wolfgang Mayer

Gallery Koschmieder, Berlin

Lina & Autumn scrub, from the series „Bear Girls"

08.04.2022 – 01.05.2022

OPENING: Friday, 8.4.2022 / 6 – 10 pm

th / fri / sa 2 – 5 pm + by appointment
Studio Koschmieder
Oranienstraße 15
10999 Berlin
U-Bahn: Kottbusser Tor / Görlitzer Bahnhof, Bus: M29
+49 (0)1723060345

  • Lecture

Back to Nature

DFA Winter Conference 2021
Museum Weltkulturen

Winter Conference 2021 | Museum Weltkulturen (Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen)

06.11.2021 / 15:30-16:15

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Images of Humanity

30.10.2021 - 10.04.2022

Kiss & Girl with Pistol, from Girls some Boys and other Cookies, 1996
Kiss & Girl with Pistol, from Girls some Boys and other Cookies, 1996

Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg

What images do we make of other people? What do they tell us? How do we confront them? How do we position ourselves in relation to them based on their gender, skin color, language, nationality? Menschenbilder (Images of Humanity) brings together photographs of people from all walks of life—from displaced persons in New York after their flight from Europe destroyed by the Second World War to intimate close-ups of Spanish youths in 2020, which draw a portrait of their everyday life, from scenes of interpersonal relationships, carefree chilling, and hopelessness. In between, there are encounters with people which revolve around the themes of identity, migration, gender diversity, Black Lives Matter, and one’s own mortality.

All the photographs, drawings, paintings, sculptures, and a video installation on view in the exhibition have been added to the collection of the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg as acquisitions or donations in 2019 and 2020 and also expand the collection to include further non-European and female positions. The spectrum of the theme of “images of humanity,” which has been a focal point of the collection since the museum's founding, with key works by Christian Boltanski, Beat Streuli, and Cindy Sherman, is thus meaningfully complemented and continued with contemporary works.

Participating artists:
Clemens Kalischer (1921–2018), Antanas Sutkus (*1939), Ute Behrend (*1961), Anna Malagrida (*1970), Christian Keinstar (*1975), Robin Rhode (*1976), François Jacob (*1976), Tejal Shah (*1979), Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques (*1983), Serge Attukwei Clottey (*1985), Otto Piene (1928–2014)

Curator: Holger Broeker

  • Book

Photo No-Nos

edited by Jason Fulford

Photo No-Nos
Photo No-Nos

published by Aperture

Über Photo No-Nos:

About Photo No-Nos:
Photographers often have unwritten lists of subjects they tell themselves not to shoot—things that are cliché, exploitative, derivative, sometimes even arbitrary. Photo No-Nos, edited by Jason Fulford, features ideas, stories, and anecdotes from many of the world’s most talented photographers and photography professionals on what they choose to avoid, and how they contend with their own self-imposed rules without being paralyzed by them.
Variety show participating artists include: Manal Abu-Shaheen, September Dawn Bottoms, Corin Hewitt, Duane Michals, Cristina de Middel, Ute Behrend, Rein Jelle Terpstra, Sheung Yiu . . . and more!

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Double Dialogues

Ute Behrend | Ute Mahler – Käthe Buchler | Julia Margaret Cameron

Museum für Photographie Braunschweig

Cow with cropped head & cowboy puzzle from "Cowboys
Cow with cropped head & cowboy puzzle from "Cowboys

12.6.21 - 22.08.21

Opening: 11.6. 21 at 7.00 p.m.
Helmstedter Street 1
D - 38102 Brunswick

  • Award
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Framing Visions

Copenhagen Photofestival 2021

Lampshade with feathers, from »Back to Nature«
Lampshade with feathers, from »Back to Nature«

3.6.2021 – 13.06.2021

»Back to Nature« wins a solo Exhibition at the Copenhagen Photofestival

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Imago Lisboa Photo Festival (PRT)

1 October to 15 November, Lisboa, Portugal
1 October to 15 November, Lisboa, Portugal

Projection: "Back to Nature"

Details are not yet available.

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Encontros da Imagem
International Photography and Visual Arts Festival (PRT)

Discovery Awards 2020 / Genesis

11 September to 31 October 2020, Braga, Portugal
11 September to 31 October 2020, Braga, Portugal

Projection: „Back to Nature“

  • Award
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Verzasca Foto Awards 2020 (CHE)

Finalist with Bärenmädchen / Bear Girls

Girl with beard & Girl with pink wig
Covid update:

Festival activities will be shortened and will take place only outdoors on the weekend of 5th and 6th of September 2020.
Projections of the works of the finalists will be shown on Saturday 5th of September 2020.

  • Support


Artist in the Box

© 2020 Ute Behrend

Choose a piece of art & support an artist in the box

What would a society be without art?

  • Award

14th Julia Margaret Cameron Award

for Bärenmädchen / Bear Girls

Julia Margaret Cameron, (1870) photographed by Henry Herschel Hay Cameron
Julia Margaret Cameron, (1870) photographed by Henry Herschel Hay Cameron

Winner, 14th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, open theme, Professional Section (ESP): Bärenmädchen / Bear Girls

  • Award

German Foto Book Price in Bronze

for Bärenmädchen / Bear Girls

You may order »Bärenmädchen / Bear Girls« with BUMMBUMM BOOKS:

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1000 Wirklichkeiten – 100 Jahre GDL/DFA

9 to 13 October 2019

9. bis 13. Oktober 2019

1000 realities - 100 years GDL/DFA

Haus der Photographie, Deichtorhallen Hamburg.
Deichtorstraße 1-2, 20095 Hamburg, Germany


The 100th anniversary of the GDL/DFA (Gesellschaft Deutscher Lichtbildner/Deutsche Fotografische Akademie e.V.) will be celebrated extensively from 9 to 13 October in the Haus der Photographie, Deichtorhallen Hamburg. It shall become a veritable festival of photography with awards ceremonies, projections, lectures, talks, dialogues, portfolio walks, parties and exhibitions, which will give an insight into the work of members of the DFA over the last 100 years.

Achim Mohné • Amin El Dib • Anastasia Khoroshilova • Andrea Diefenbach • Andreas Gefeller • Andreas Herzau • Andreas Langen/Kai Loges • Andreas Mader • Andreas Trogisch • Andreas Weinand • Annegret Soltau • Arwed Messmer • Bertram Kober • Birte Kaufmann • Boris Becker • Boris Eldagsen • Burkhard Schittny • Christoph Bangert • Claudio Hils • Dirk Gebhardt • Dörte Eißfeldt • Emanuel Raab • Erasmus Schröter • Eva Mahn • Eva Schmeckenbecher • Gerhard Vormwald • Göran Gnaudschun • Gottfried Jäger • Gudrun Kemsa • Hans-Chrsitian Schink • Hermann Stamm • Ingo Taubhorn • Isadora Tast • Joan Fontcuberta • Johanna Diehl • Jürgen Scriba • Katharina Bosse • Klaus Elle • Knut Wolfgang Maron • Kris Scholz • Kurt Buchwald • Leon Kirchlechner • Linn Schröder • Loredana Nemes • Marc Volk • Matthias Leupold • Michael Jochum • Norbert Wiesneth • Ruth Stoltenberg • Sabine Schründer • Silke Helmerdig • Stefan Moses • Stephanie Steinkopf • Thekla Ehling • Torsten Schumann • Ute Behrend • Ursula Kelm Wolfgang Bellwinkel • Wolfgang Gscheidle • Wolfgang Müller • Wolfgang Zurborn u.v.a.m.

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  • Photo Festival


The series Bärenmädchen / Bear Girls are part of PHOTO IS:RAEL's International Photography Festival.

  • Shortlist

Felix Schoeller Photo Awards

The series "Bärenmädchen / Bear Girls" is on the shortlist of Felix Schoeller Photo Awards

  • Photobookshow

NIDA 2019 International Photography Symposium


The jury of the "NIDA 2019 International Photography Symposium" has selected the "Bear Girls" for the Photobookshow.

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  • Photo Festival

Helsinki Photo Festival, Finland

from July 5 to September 9, 2019

The series Bärenmädchen / Bear Girls has been selected to be exhibited at Helsinki Photo Festival. The festival theme of Anarchy showcases ambitious and innovative photography that has never been seen before in Finland. In the metropolitan surroundings there are numerous exhibitions, both indoors and outdoors.

"Bärenmädchen im Wald & Bärenmädchen im Schlafzimmer"
"Bärenmädchen im Wald & Bärenmädchen im Schlafzimmer"
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Celebrating the photobook

6.6. to 29.7.2019

During the Photo Festival in Athens the book »Bärenmädchen / Bear Girls« will be presented at the Benaki Museum / Pireos 138, Athens.

"Bärenmädchen im Wald & Bärenmädchen im Schlafzimmer"
"Bärenmädchen im Wald & Bärenmädchen im Schlafzimmer"
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Pänz & Barns

11.5. bis 31.5.2019

Pänz & Barns
Illustrations by Stian Hole meet Photographs by Ute Behrend and Thekla Ehling

Kulturbunker Mühlheim
Berliner Straße 20
51063 Köln

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10:00-13:00, Friday to Sunday 15.00-18:00, as on appointment

Opening: 10th of May 2019, 19:00

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Franz Burkhardt –
“Eigenbau und Stehverzehr | Neues von Früher”

5.4. until 11.5.2019

Franz Burkhardt – “Eigenbau und Stehverzehr | Neues von Früher”

Franz Burkhardt - "Homemade and standing up eating | News from the old days"

The spatial framework of the exhibition is provided by a superordinate, accessible and usable sculpture. This guest room is furnished with works by Burkhardt and his friends.

Galerie Martin Kudlek
Schaafenstrasse 25
50676 Cologne

Opening: April 5, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

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Portraits - Hellerau Photography Award

7.3. bis 14.4.2019

Opening: March 7, 2019, 8:30 pm

Devrientstraße 18 b
01067 Dresden

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2.2. to 7.2.2019

Kaiserswerterstraße 380
40474 Düsseldorf (neben dem Aquazoo)

  • Opening: Saturday 2 Februar 2019, 12:00 am
  • Jazz meets arts: Sonntag 3 Februar 2019, 4:00 pm, with music by cologne based SOUND ADVICE
  • Finissage: Thursday 7 Februar 2019, 6:00 pm

nachts Einladungskarte

With the beginning of the night the border between figuration and the abstraction becomes blurred. For the human eye which with the little light of the night can only see black, white and grey, the world of day becomes indistinct. A place and time for myths, anxieties and romanticisms. The light of the night is a special challenge for photographers. Because, the most important characteristic of the night is darkness.

  • Finissage

Being a child

7.7.18 at 16.00

Kunstmuseum Mülheim an der Ruhr
Synagogenplatz 1
45468 Mülheim an der Ruhr

Indian shadow & Hair on red carpet
  • Artist tour

Being a child

21.04.18 at 15.30

Kunstmuseum Mülheim an der Ruhr
Synagogenplatz 1
45468 Mülheim an der Ruhr

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Fassade und Tarnung | Facade and camouflage

7 April – 18 May 2018

Scope Galerie
Calenbergerstraße 12
30169 Hannover

Opening hours: Friday and Saturday, 12am to 17pm

Opening: Friday, 7 April 2018, 7.30pm
Introduction: Maik Schlüter

Press release on the exhibition "Fassade und Tarnung" / "Facade and Camouflage"

Ute Behrend plays the game of visual and symbolic overstretching: she always questions the supposed stringency of her narrative by omission, creating a variety of meanings. For the photographer, reality is a kind of raw material that only becomes real in the image, in abstraction, in the transfer into illusory spaces, the showing of non-places or the dissolution of spatial relations. Real, however, in the sense of absurd, abysmal, enigmatic and constantly changing processes.

Like a forensic scientist, she reassembles the world, the crime scene, in order to find some meaning in the pieces of the puzzle. Some fragments seem to fit together seamlessly, but in reality they are located widely apart in space and time. Then again, visual analogies feign functional proximity and a coherent context, although neither exists. Everything appears as a hidden sign or clue, a logical next step in uncovering an invisible order. Yet the picture never completes itself. Ute Behrend's photographic spectrum consists of laconic descriptions of places, abstract settings that sometimes emphasize graphic qualities, as well as situational moments of tension, portraits and installations. Ute Behrends works always show the ambiguity of the world and its images. Spatial structure and projection, portraits and installations become a spiral of relativity. There is no such thing as absolute interpretational sovereignty over her work.

In Ute Behrend's work, colours and forms, nature and culture, destruction and beauty, personality and role-playing all appear with equal significance. In her work, constancy and change go hand in hand. Everything happens on the thin ice of the experience of reality. While her visual language seems clear and direct at first glance, the supposedly universal vocabulary conceals many secrets and deceptive visual abysses.

Maik Schlüter 2018

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Being a child

Opening on 14.2.2018

Kunstmuseum Mülheim an der Ruhr
Synagogenplatz 1
45468 Mülheim an der Ruhr

Presentation of the video work »Mermaids«.
Kunstmuseum Mühlheim an der Ruhr on 21.4.2018

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Look at us!

29 June - 12 August 2017

GNYP Gallery
Hardenbergstraße 9
10623 Berlin

Opening on 29 June between 6 pm and 9 pm

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Ahl Säu
In the occasion of the exhibition "Elf Uhr Elf


Kunstverein Leverkusen Schloß Morsbroich
Opening 13.1.2017 at 19.30
The exhibition will be open on 14 and 15 January from 11 to 17

Kunstverein Leverkusen Schloß Morsbroich e.V.
Gustav-Heinemann-Str. 80
51377 Leverkusen

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Bear Girls


Alliance Francaise de Singapour

Singapore International Photography Festival 2016

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The portrait in contemporary photography


The portrait in contemporary photography

Kunsthalle Nürnberg and Kunsthaus Nürnberg

Opening 12.10.2016

Königstraße 93
90402 Nürnberg


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The portrait in contemporary photography


The portrait in contemporary photography

A cooperation project of the Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur in Cologne and the Kunstmuseum Bonn

Opening on 24.2.16 at 20.00

Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 2
53113 Bonn

  • Book
  • Published at last!


Finally published!

Finally published!

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