Jena Düsseldorf, 2011

This book appeared as a supplement to the ‘Lobeda’ book. In it, Sabine Moritz continues her journey of memory to Jena and, finally, Düsseldorf in increasingly colourful works. The many reproductions are placed in their biographical and artistic context by an interview between Sabine Moritz and Hans Ulrich Obrist.

In “Lobeda”, the artist's book from 2011, Sabine Moritz remembers her childhood and youth spent in a prefab housing estate near Jena with more than 100 pencil drawings. In “Jena - Düsseldorf” we follow her artistic development, which began in 1989 at the Hochschule Offenbach and continued from 1991 at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. While the early drawings are very homogenous, these pictures have greater diversity in terms of content and form, and are also complemented with the addition of colour. The repertoire of motifs is expanded to include places of remembrance in the DDR, sculptures in public spaces and the typology of “empty places”. Some of the motifs from Lobeda reappear and are altered, drawing attention to the dynamic aspect of the process of recollection. In conversations with Hans Ulrich Obrist, which follow the chronological order of the book, Sabine Moritz talks about her personal life, her recollections and makes reference to specific works. The modest and compact book, packed with over 200 colour illustrations, shows by way of examples her search for an artistic position on her route from Jena to Düsseldorf.


  • 2011

  • Published by Buchhandlng Walter König
  • Hardback
  • German / English

  • 176 pages

  • ISBN 9783863350338

‘So the works in this collection in one sense constitute a continuation, but in another sense break out of the pattern, and no longer form a closed system like the first Lobeda cycle.’

Hans Ulrich Obrist