Lena Henke has developed a diverse body of sculptural works, often arranged in comprehensive spatial installations. Henke’s work references urban planning, Land Art, human relationships, sexuality and fetishism, consistently infiltrating the patriarchal structure of art history with a very smart and humorous tone. Her formal language and use of materials often alludes to Minimal Art combined vividly with Surrealist imagery to examine the structures of street life and the ideas of city planners and urban theorists such as Jane Jacobs, Roberto Burle Marx, and Robert Moses.
Recent solo exhibitions have been presented internationally at venues including Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Sprengelmuseum Hannover (both 2017), the Kunstverein Braunschweig (2016); Real Fine Arts, New York (2016); at White Flag Projects, St. Louis; in the Sculpture Museum Glaskasten, Marl (both in 2014); at S.A.L.T.S., Basel (2016); and at the Kunstverein Aachen, Aachen, Germany (2012). Henke’s work has been included in group exhibitions at institutions including the Socrates Sculpture Park, New York (2015); Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland (2014); Kuenstlerhaus Graz, Austria (2014) and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (2013); Her work has been featured in major international exhibitions including Manifesta 11, Zurich, Switzerland (2016); The 9th; Berlin Biennale,Germany (2016); Le Biennale de MONTREAL, Montreal, Canada, (2016); at the Fellbach Triennale of Small Scale Sculpture in Fellbach, Germany (2016); and The New Museums Triennial, New Museum, New York (2015).
Lena Henke (born 1982 in Warburg (GER)) lives and works in New York City and Frankfurt am Main. Henke has studied at the Städelschule under Professor Michael Krebber (2004-2010).