Emmanuel Henninger is an artist based in the Mulhouse region and turned towards Germanic spaces. He is a graduate of the University of Strasbourg in Visual Arts and of the University of Haute-Alsace in Social and Solidarity Economy, and has developed a practice of drawing that is part of a deep and personal relationship with the spaces of nature that he regularly travels through and that he needs to live in, as a human being conscious of existing among the living, and that he represents in so doing, according to a double approach which oscillates from the romantic vision of the preserved landscape to the critical vision of the landscape practised or transformed by human activity.

Shaped by his relationship with others and his relationship with the physically tested environment, Emmanuel Henninger’s artistic and ecological subjectivity has, since 2017, led him to explore natural environments in order to visually retranscribe the perceptions of spaces encountered in the mountains or forests, particularly in the Alsatian Vosges Mountains or in the German forests, and to retain, through his studio drawing work, the “states of landscape”, through three aesthetic movements: through an immersive approach as close as possible to the density of the vegetation, through an interpretative and fictional approach to representations of landscape sites, and through a documentary and objective approach to landscapes deliberately modified by man and witnessed by the act of drawing.

The composite representations of landscapes that emerge from this dynamic of creation in an environmental context invite the viewer to maintain an aesthetic relationship with the natural spaces thus suggested and sometimes named. The drawings of rocks and meadows of the Alsatian Vosges or the images resulting from a vision infiltrated in the primary forests of Alsace and Germany, can thus be considered as “portraits of natural fragments”, inviting sometimes to embrace with empathy states of wild life, sometimes to reflect on the attachment that as contemporaries we can know towards states of landscape not or little anthropized, isolated like figures as much animated as they animate us. At the same time, these drawings, which are not exactly realistic landscape executions, contribute to the construction of an imaginary: sometimes autonomous, sometimes assembled according to a system of modular association, these representations remind us that the experience of nature is perpetually reformulated in the eye, in memory and in the repetition of the contact that is made with the forms of sensitive life.

More recently, Emmanuel Henninger’s interest in the problem of the subsistence of ancient ecosystems and their modification under the effect of natural resource exploitation activities has led to the emergence of a major work from his artistic body of work during his recent trip to Germany: The “Open-Pit Mine” drawing set opens a visual breach in the wounded and scarred landscape of the Hambach open-pit mine, which is being damaged by the exploitation of a lignite deposit on an industrial scale, responsible for the destruction of the forest of the same name and a major source of greenhouse gas emissions on a European scale. With this precise and incisive work, Emmanuel Henninger inaugurates a singular and committed artistic practice which participates in the ecosphic revolution of the languages of contemporary art and which, in doing so, deserves the attention of the regional and cross-border art scene.

Mickaël Roy, art critic, May 2020




1980, Mulhouse, France


Master of Visual Arts
University of Strasbourg, 1999-2004

Master in Political and Social Sciences
Social and Solidarity Economy Project Engineer
University of Upper Alsace, 2006-2007



Agence VUXE, Strasbourg (FR), as part of the 1% Culture Prize, from 05 to 28.04.2024

Espace Landowski, Boulogne-Billancourt (FR), “Carte Blanche”, Carré sur Seine, exhibition curators : Maria Giovanna Gilotta, Isabelle Lefort et Florence Provost


Museum Altes Rathaus, Leingarten (DE), exhibition curator : Friedrich Eichholz

Villa Mohr, Munich (DE), with the support of Région Grand Est, France (Aide à la Diffusion en Arts Visuels 2023)

Galerie Sandra Blum, Strasbourg (FR), “Le temps des ardoises”, exhibition curators : Catherine Gangloff & Michel Dejean

Kunstbunker, Bochum (DE), “Found and Lost”

La Filature, Scène Nationale, Mulhouse (FR), “Biennale de la Jeune Création dans l’Art Contemporain”, exhibition curator : Emmanuelle Walter

Delphi Space, Freiburg (DE), “Energie | Energeia”, exhibition curators : Daniel Vollmer & Max Siebenhaar

Parc de Wesserling – Écomusée textile (FR), “Sous les cendres d’Eden”, exhibition curator : Ugo Lange

Kunstverein Unna e. V., Unna (DE), “Found and Lost”

Galerie Sandra Blum, Strasbourg (FR), “Point de vue sur le paysage”, exhibition curator : Sandra Blum

Galerie Horae, Paris (FR), “Tisser des liens”, exhibition curators : Gervaise Thiriet & Nicolas Deshais-Fernandez


Galerie Regardez, Lörrach (DE), “Found and Lost”

Tuchwerk Soers, Atelier Pasch, Aachen (DE), “Art on the edge, positions on the Rhenish lignite mining area”

Le Séchoir, Mulhouse (FR), “1,1° C”, exhibition curators : Jonathan Nass

Galerie Robet Dantec, Belfort (FR), “Point de vue”, exhibition curators : Catherine Robet

Fondation François Schneider, Wattwiller (FR), “Botanica“, exhibition curator : Marie Terrieux


FABRIKculture, Hégenheim (FR), “Point couru au lieu de travers“, exhibition curator : Mimi von Moos, as part of the “Regionale 22

Espace Bertrand Grimont, Paris (FR), “La Petite Collection”, exhibition curator : Pauline Lisowski & Florence Lucas

Espace Frans Krajcberg, Paris (FR), “Vivants !“, exhibition curators : Art-Exprim

Dalan Art Gallery, Yerevan (ARM), exhibition curator : Sona Hovhannisian, part of the creative residency in Armenia supported by KulturDialog Armenien and Atelier Mondial, International Arts Exchange Program

CEAAC (Centre Européen d’Actions Artistiques Contemporaines), Strasbourg (FR), “Des herbes folles“, exhibition curator : Viktoria von der Büggen

T66 Kulturwerk, Freiburg i.B (GE), “Regionale 21“, exhibition curators : Chris Popovic, Helge Emmaneel, Alfonso Lipardi


2021 – 2022    

YEREVAN | ARMENIA, Atelier Mondial, International Arts Exchange Program & KulturDialog Armenien


2024          Agricultural high schools (Obernai & Rouffach), Memory subject : exploring Alsace’s quarries

2023         HEAR, Haute École des Arts du Rhin (Mulhouse), Approach to post-industrial landscapes

2022         Art-Exprim (Paris) in partnership with the Penitentiary Center of Bois d’Arcy

2021          La Filature, Scène Nationale | Canopé, Collège of Dannemarie and Colmar

2020         CARITAS Berlin



Energie:Energeia, DELPHI e.V., Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, exhibition catalog


Au cœur du vivant, les liens entre les artistes et la nature, Valérie Belmokhtar, PYRAMYD Éditions, Paris

Emmanuel Henninger, un artiste mulhousien à l’écoute de l’anthropocène, David Bourgeois, Historical Directory, Volume 34, Historical and Geographical Society, Mulhouse


L’artiste et le Vivant, pour un art écologique, inclusif et engagé, Valérie Belmokhtar, PYRAMYD Editions, Paris


Project Klimaschutz, Was jetzt geschehen muss, um noch die Kurve zu kriegen, Anja Paumen, Edition Oekom, Munchen

Le temps s’enfuit sans disparaître, La Filature, Scène Nationale for Mulhouse021 – Biennale de la Jeune Création Contemporaine

Des herbes folles, Viktoria Von Der Brüggen, exhibition catalog, CEAAC, Strasbourg

The forest, the coal mines and the obstinacy of the drawing, Hélène Cascaro



1% Culture Prize, Winner 2023, Agence VUXE

Dotation Prises de Vues d’œuvres, ADAGP

Aide à la Diffusion régionale, nationale, internationale – Arts Visuels, Région Grand Est


Aide Individuelle à la Création, Ministry of Culture, France – Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles du Grand Est


2023            Collections of the Bundestag, Berlin, Germany

2022            Collection of the French Embassy in Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia

2021            Collection of the De Pietri – Artphilein Foundation, Lugano, Switzerland

Private collections France, Germany, Switzerland, Armenia, USA



Motoco, film
Director : Robin Hunzinger
Co-production : ANA FILMS & France Télévision



Arterritoires | Limited editions of the Open Pit Mine ensemble

Soléa | Public commission for Mulhouse transport system

Cairn | Creation of the Grand Silence album cover


Arketex | Creation of printed textiles





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