House with Metabolism

Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt

The work of Judith Leinen is the product of communication within a collection of experiences consisting of space, language, encounters and material. It is first and foremost sculptural. Her installations and mobile pieces want to tell stories but listen to stories as well. They are triggers of communication that use archetypal opportunities of places while extending and inverting the environments in which they reside.Her interactive sculptures and space-related installations revolve around parallel worlds, material, varying concepts of reality and fiction, participation and the analysis of systems.
The appearance of her work in public space conjures the unexpected. It forces the viewer to leave his comfort- zone. Her process is centered around the place and involves investigating and expanding its contents and contextual existence. Judith Leinen looks for unknowns and researches the complexity and synchronicity of things formally and otherwise. Her work uncovers the great potential of the volatile and intangible communication between a place and its people. Together with her art-collective Upper Bleistein, as well as in her own practice, she experiments with the boundaries of sculpture and explores public and hidden spaces.

Judith Leinen was born in Prüm at the German-Belgian border. She graduated from Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz and Kunstakademie Mainz, Germany where she earned degrees in art, mathematics and pedagogics. (Staatsexamen, equivalent to MFA). 

Since 2007 she has participated continuously in solo- and group exhibitions and is co-founder of the art collective Upper Bleistein. Judith Leinen has been teaching as a guest scholar at California State University Chico for two years and is permanent faculty at the department of architecture at Technische Universität Kaiserslautern and works and lives in Boulder, Colorado.

+49 175 8155375
+1 510 666 5833

Gebäude1 Architektur
67663 Kaiserslautern

1931 Grandview
Boulder, CO


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Judith Leinen  



2018-current Research Associate
FATUK, architecture department,
                         Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, 
                         (Technical University Kaiserslautern), Germany
2015-2018   Assistant Professor

                        FATUK, architecture department,
                         Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, 
                         (Technical University Kaiserslautern), Germany
2013-2015      Guest scholar
                        California State University Chico, USA
2012                Staatsexamen pedagogy (BFA) and mathematics (BFA)
                        Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz
2011                Staatsexamen fine arts, sculpture (MFA)
Kunsthochschule Mainz and Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz


2019 Residency Unlimited Brooklyn, NY
2018              NAIRS
Zentrum für Gegenwartskunst, Residency, Switzerland
2017              Invisibilia, Finalist-Proposal for public commission,
                        Hochschule Ludwigshafen (ongoing)
2016               Sculpture Space, Residency, Utica, New York
2014               SOMArts Cultural Center, Curatorial Residency,
                        San Francisco, California
2013               Concrete Ballon, public commission for a school yard,
                        IGS Mainz Bretzenheim, Germany
2011              Emy Röder Förderpreis, award for emerging artist,
                        Kunstverein Ludwigshafen, Germany
2010               Landessammlung Rheinland-Pfalz, public collection


2019              AVE magazine
print editions, Vienna and
Devastation Sounds         
                        issue within academic series,
                        published with TU Kaiserslautern
                        (planned release: june 2019)
2016               Subtext, Metatext, Kontext  
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                      issue within academic series,
                        published with TU Kaiserslautern
2012               51 interviews
                      Collection of Interviews, foreword: Nato Thompson,
                        co-published by Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
                        and Sternbergpress
2011               Aus Upper Bleistein Band 1
                      Monograph published by Gonzo Verlag


2019               Love your neighbors
oMo Artspace Berlin, Germany
2018 Cavity
NAIRS Scuol, Switzerland, open Studios
2017               Die Croissantstrategie
Architekturgalerie Kaiserslautern, Germany
2016                Dropped Tiles
10 locationsand Sculpture Space, Utica, NY
2015                Investigating Dooberville
1078 Gallery Chico, CA
2013                Das Haus Burgund
cultural embassy of Burgundy, Mainz, Germany
2012               Romantische Weihnacht
Landesmuseum Mainz, public museum, Germany
2010             Die drei Kipperell zeigen, was sie gebaut haben,
                         Abgeordnetenhaus (parliamentary building), Germany
2010                Mit freundlichen Grüßen aus Upper Bleistein, BBK-Galerie
                        (Federal Association of Visual Artists), Mainz, Germany
2009                Die Springblümer
Biennale „3xKlingeln“, Mainz, Germany
                        Die drei Glanztrapper aus Upper Bleistein
                       zeigen, was sie gebaut haben
public observatory, Mainz, Germany
2008               Die drei Delfinzüchterinnen
                       zeigen, was sie gebaut haben
Haus Mainusch, Mainz, Germany

GROUP selection

2019 VIER
artdepot, Innsbruck, Austria
2018             Auswärts
Kloster Bentlage, Rheine
Galerie Zimmermann Kratochwill, Graz, Austria
                       Mein rein Schwein sein
Rathaus in Bodenheim, Germany
                       Paff the magic 
                        KWG and Pfaff Industry Areal, Kaiserslautern
2016               just another art for life experience,
                        set 8, betakontext, Berlin
                        Emy Röder Preis 2017
Finalist Show, Kunstverein Ludwigshafen, Germany, catalogue
2015              Freistil 
                        Kunstverein Speyer, Germany, catalogue
                        Refuge in Refuse,
                        SOMArts, San Francisco, CA, catalogue
2014              Aporien des Wir. Das Gesammtkunstwerk,
                        D21 Kunstraum Leipzig, Germany
                        The Yuma Symposium,
                        Yuma Art Museum, AZ
2013               Dreidimensional 
                        Waidspeicher, public gallery Erfurt, Germany
2012               Sammlung Meerwein
                        Essenheimer Kunstverein, Germany
                      Hans Purrmann Preis
                        finalist-exhibition, public gallery Speyer, catalogue
2011               Playing the City
                        Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany, catalogue, DVD- box
                       Kunstpreis Junger Westen
                        finalist-exhibition, Recklinghausen, catalogue
2010              Regionale 2010
                        Wilhelm-Hack Museum Ludwigshafen, Germany, catalogue
2009              Fail better II, Kunsthalle Mainz, Germany,catalogue
                        RoomMates, Pengland Mainz, Germany