Helicopter – Sabine Moritz

Helicopter – Sabine Moritz


September 2014
ISBN 9780993010309
210 x 283 mm
136 pages
72 illustrations

A series of drawings by Cologne-based artist Sabine Moritz depicting helicopters as poetic compositions.

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Memory as a dynamic process has been the underlying theme of Sabine Moritz’s drawings and paintings since the early 1990s. In her work the Cologne-based artist has captured remembered images from her childhood in the GDR; drawn flower compositions; and in recent years has engaged with the motif of war. This publication presents Moritz’s latest work: a collection of drawings and paintings of helicopters created between 2002 and 2013.

The Helicopter series has arisen from Moritz’s interest in the shift in their symbolic meaning. They are based on images of helicopters from newspapers and television that the artist transferred into her own language. The outcome is a series of beautiful drawings and paintings that range from objective depictions of helicopters to more poetic compositions. The works are accompanied by poems by Adam Zagajewski and Friedrich Holderlin, alongside a text by Hans Ulrich Obrist.

About the artist

Sabine Moritz is a German artist based in Cologne, Germany. Her work is a manifestation of indelible memory and its release, creating works that portray the personal and collective history and passing of a period in time. She has been widely exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in Düsseldorf, Brussels, Paris and London. Moritz lives and works in Cologne, Germany.


Hans Ulrich Obrist is a world-renowned curator and the artistic director of the Serpentine Galleries in London. Alongside his curatorial practice, Obrist has written extensively on and around contemporary art.