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Eschenbach, Monika von, photo portrait. Global Galleries

A Multifaceted Journey of Art and Architecture

Early Career in Architecture

Born in 1965 in Eschenbach, Bavaria, Monika von Eschenbach, also known as Monika Bauer, initially pursued a career in architecture. She studied architecture and began her professional journey as an architect, contributing to the design of public buildings in California and Alaska from 1988 to 1991. Later, she extended her expertise to Switzerland, where she continued her architectural endeavors. Notably, she played a pivotal role in the project management of Leipzig-Halle Airport and developed the urban planning concept for the iconic Rheinauhafen in Cologne, including the renowned crane houses in collaboration with star architect and designer Hadi Teherani.

Transition to Conceptual Photography and Installation Art

In 1984, under the alias von Eschenbach, Monika embarked on a parallel career as a conceptual photographer, marking the beginning of a new artistic chapter. Her approach to photography and three-dimensional objects was pioneering, inspiring many international artists with her innovative techniques. While her work is characterized by the unique interplay between photography and relief, it is deeply rooted in an artistic-philosophical concept that transcends mere technical innovation.

Influences and Collaborations

Monika von Eschenbach's artistic vision was shaped by influential figures such as sculptor Ulrich Rückriem, painter Heinz Zolper, multimedia artist Michael (Mike) Jansen, conceptual photographer Heinz-Günter Mebusch, and fellow artist Vera Isler-Leiner. As both a muse and collaborator with Rückriem and an assistant to Zolper, Jansen, Mebusch, and Isler-Leiner, Monika honed her craft and developed a distinct style that seamlessly blended elements of architecture, landscape, and human interaction. Her works often incorporate personal and familial references, inviting viewers into a dialogue that transcends the visual realm.

The Evolution of a Unique Style

At the core of von Eschenbach's artistic expression are her three-dimensional photographic assemblages, which combine photographs and collages in innovative ways. Her pioneering approach to this technique laid the foundation for subsequent artists, but it is her commitment to fostering dialogue between her artworks and the viewer that truly sets her apart. Through her immersive installations and thought-provoking imagery, Monika von Eschenbach invites audiences to engage with her work on a deeper level, exploring the interconnectedness of art, architecture, and human experience.

Engagement with the WTC Project and Western and Eastern Cultural Movements

Over the past years, the artist has been deeply engaged in expanding photography into the third and fourth dimensions. This includes works in installation, performance, and video art. A project of particular significance is the WTC Project, which references the symbolism of the World Trade Towers and the events of 9/11. In doing so, she draws upon analyses of both Western and Eastern cultural movements, reflecting on their significance and influence on modern society. Through her artistic exploration of this historical event, the artist creates a space for critical reflection and intercultural dialogue.


Literature (selection):
NEXUS. Monika von Eschenbach. Ed. Peter  Merten (en/ger), Re-edition 2018, ArtForum Editions
Die weibliche Sicht auf die Welt (The female perspective on the world), ArtForum Editions 2022
Fata Morgana, Monika von Eschenbach. Ed. P. Merten, ArtForum Editions 2021|2022


Monika von Eschenbach


Art Projects KunstStücke

Kunstforum Laubach

Winter Stiftung Hamburg


MoCA Skopje