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curriculum vitae

Tanja Leonhardt                 

(Master of Fine Arts, University Mayence)



born 1966 in Groß-Gerau


1991 Master of Fine Arts, University Mayence

with major subject calligraphy/typography

at Prof. Alban Grimm and Mrs. Pamela Stokes.

Formation of „Atelier Leonhardt“ (Studio Leonhardt).

Orders received by numerous towns and institutions.


1991 Rudo Spemann award (calligraphy) of the City of Offenbach.


Further education: gilding, wood and textile handling, video and photography as well as curses in philosophy and psychology.


Lectures at

Institute for Book Studies of University of Mayence,

Klingspor Museum Offenbach,

Gutenberg Museum Mayence

Rudolf Koch Gymnasium, Offenbach and at numerous other public schools.

Developing of writing-performances with students


2000 nominated for the “open mike” writing contest, Berlin


2011 nominated for “Stadtdrucker-Preis” (printing) Gutenberg Museum, Mayence


Numerous exhibitions and art-performances.


Articles and lectures about art and the art of writing, readings of own literary work.


Main projects (selection):



Art-installing of "philosophical awning" (book-objects made of silk) at the University of Mayence and further on at numerous other places.



First conceptual exhibition at the Klingspor Museum City of Offenbach: "The trace of the other one" (Inkjet-printed silk)



Second conceptual exhibition at the main-library of Frankfurt city town: "indiscreet – German-speaking female artists and intellectuals in exile“, (printed silk)

2010 at the library of Mayence

2012 invited by the Goethe Institut of Genua to show “indiscreet” at Palazzo Ducale, Genua


2009 Creation of a mobile assembly of 56 big wooden letters: “wordgarden” as an artistic and educational project. Working in „wordgarden“ with several groups of people


2010 First art-project in open nature: “dialogue in Red/White


Since 2010 Environmental Art project with printed silk and letters, working title: “languages of silk in nature”, including work with video and photo


2011 “The movements of the chain of signs” (silkflags) in the main-library of the City of Frankfurt and in 2013 in Klingspor-Museum Offenbach


2013 “Languages of silk in nature” in the journal for environmental art “Lake” of the University of British Columbia, issue 8


2014 and 2015 Artist in Residence in nature reserve in Bosnia


June 2015 presentation of Artwork at the Symposium “Letters + Film + Film + Letters” of Institute for Theatre, Film, and Media Studies of Goethe University, Frankfurt/M.

2016 "Our waters" Galerie Carlshöhe, Eckernförde

September 2016 until September 2017: "Pictures of book artists" by Klingsopr Museum  Offenbach at SOH Offenbach

2017 "Long night of museum" at Offenbach (Klingspor Museum) and Mainz (Wissenschaftliche Stadtbücherei)

publishing of "angel of the factory" at „The dark mountian project -journal“, issue 11

Calligraphy workshop for "Written Art Foundation"

publishing of video-art "dissolution" at http://poetryfilmlive.com/ in November 2017